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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Amazing, and really easy to read. - Goodreads
A very different writing style. - Goodreads
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Review: Rabbit-Proof Fence: The True Story of One of the Greatest Escapes of All Time

User Review  - Georgia - Goodreads

this is written so nicely, I love the way the history is set up, the pov, the story telling narrative, the generations spanning back yet feeling so close. Very nicely written, and so much more than just the walk. Read full review

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

User Review  - Ruth Telfer - Goodreads

Excellent about the stolen generation gives you a better understanding of some of the issues Read full review

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About the author (2002)

Doris Pilkington’s 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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