Bluff Rock: Autobiography of a Massacre
Fremantle Arts Centre Press, 2005 - 268 Seiten
The past is a problem for us. We know certain events happened, sometimes exactly when and yet our sometimes longing for certainty cannot be satisfied . . . We tell stories about where we come from and so who we are. We change these stories sometimes minutely, sometimes radically depending upon our audiences and our task.
Bluff Rockis organised around the key question- how do we know the past? Using historical material (letters, memoirs), a tourist brochure, and local histories, it focuses on the ways that the massacre(s) of Aborigines at Bluff Rock, in New England during the 1840s has been recorded and remembered.
It is the author's ability to lay herself on the line that makes this a courageous and even controversial text. Schlunke, who grew up in New England area, takes this one story from early colonial Australia and looks at the many ways it is organised as a memory of Indigenous/non-Indigenous relations.
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that they were 'wild and wickat', or is this simply further proof? 'Quite a jolly time'
belies the sense or seriousness of the event. It could become 'blacks' enjoying
themselves at the 'men's' expense, which is a very unsettling description for those
A new Aboriginal identity emerges: the 'wild Black'. 'Black' has to now be qualified
with 'wild' if it is to communicate any sense of threat, since 'Blacks' are now more
often recorded as doing useful work rather than posing a threat. This record ...
number of times various useful bits of the colonists' equipment are found in 'wild'
camps, but it succeeds in marking out resistant bodies who are not available for
Irby's use. 'Wild' actually serves to textually domesticate 'black': 'wild' has ...
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