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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This book will stay with me for a long time. I thought the overthrow of the Hawaiian Kingdom was tragic. The treatment of the Australian aborigines and the reach of white colonialism is an equal ... Read full review

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Believe it or not, this was the first book about Australian history that I've ever read. One thing about the Brits: they sure knew how to lord it over their subjects -- with a steamroller. As a matter ... 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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