Follow the Rabbit-Proof Fence

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University of Queensland Press, 2002 - Biography & Autobiography - 136 pages
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The film Rabbit-Proof Fence is based on this true account of Doris Pilkington's mother Molly, who as a young girl led her two sisters on an extraordinary 1,600 kilometre walk home. Under Western Australia's invidious removal policy of the 1930s, the girls were taken from their Aboriginal families at Jigalong on the edge of the Little Sandy Desert, and transported halfway across the state to the Native Settlement at Moore River, north of Perth. Here Aboriginal children were instructed in the ways of white society and forbidden to speak their native tongue.
The three girls - aged 8, 11 and 14 - managed to escape from the settlement's repressive conditions and brutal treatment. Barefoot, without provisions or maps, they set out to find the rabbit-proof fence, knowing it passed near their home in the north. Tracked by Native Police and search planes, they hid in terror, surviving on bush tucker, desperate to return to the world they knew.

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Review: Rabbit-Proof Fence: The True Story of One of the Greatest Escapes of All Time

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Review: Rabbit-Proof Fence: The True Story of One of the Greatest Escapes of All Time

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This book is not to be missed by anyone. It's a vital part of WA history and is testament to the courage of children, as well as a reminder of how wrong we can be in knowing what's best for them. Let ... Read full review

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About the author (2002)

Doris Pilkingtonís traditional name is Nugi Garimara. She was born in 1937 on Balfour Downs Station in the homeland of her Mardu ancestors. As a toddler she was removed by authorities from her home at the station and committed to Moore River Native Settlement, from which she escaped. She is the author of Home to Mother and Under the Wintamarra Tree.

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