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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The Demon Creek massacre may have been a group of station workers on a hunt
, not a landowner on a sepulchral 'punitive expedition'. Some of the motivations
behind such actions may have included the fact that Aboriginal workers were ...
Or are the Bolivia workers in some way doubtful? The fact that lrby goes with
Windeyer and two of Windeyer's servants marks this sort of massacre as a very
different cultural event from the more sustained raids across the land exemplified
Could these Aboriginal workers have been forced? Paid nothing in kind but
granted some non-material good, such as freedom to travel or . ..? Might this
Aboriginal group have assisted because they were asked? Might they have
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