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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And when we look carefully at the stories from the past, some of which are called '
official history' and some of which are called gossip, we see that all stories are
personal, while showing that all writing is personal. We see these stories are ...
writing, like the bloodshed, is a devastating act of 'showing their superiority'.
Writing in this official report form removes the acts described from their immediate
context and allows them to be reconfigured in other kinds of spaces. The writing
Instead I find my self writing to you. You, my reader, were not an imagined
presence at the time. Then I really was just' writing down, just tracking, just
disciplining myself to record. Now I am chopping up, sauteing, broiling those
records to ...
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IT HAPPENED ALONG THE HIGHWAY
WRITING AND READING THE LOCAL
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