Rabbit-Proof Fence: The True Story of One of the Greatest Escapes of All Time by Doris PilkingtonThe remarkable true story of three young girls who cross the harsh Australian desert on foot to return to their home.
Following an Australian government edict in 1931, black aboriginal children and children of mixed marriages were gathered up by whites and taken to settlements to be assimilated. In Rabbit-Proof Fence, award-winning author Doris Pilkington traces the captivating story of her mother, Molly, one of three young girls uprooted from her community in Southwestern Australia and taken to the Moore River Native Settlement. At the settlement, Milly and her relatives Gracie and Daisy were forbidden to speak their native language, forced to abandon their aboriginal heritage, and taught to be culturally white. After regular stays in solitary confinement, the three girls scared and homesick planned and executed a daring escape from the grim camp, with its harsh life of padlocks, barred windows, and hard cold beds.
The girls headed for the nearby rabbit-proof fence that stretched over 1,000 miles through the desert toward their home. Their journey lasted over a month, and they survived on everything from emus to feral cats, while narrowly avoiding the police, professional trackers, and hostile white settlers. Their story is a truly moving tale of defiance and resilience.
About the author:
Doris Pilkington is also the author of Caprice: A Stockmans Daughter. Rabbit-Proof Fence, her second book, is now a major motion picture from Miramax Films, directed by Phillip Noyce and starring Kenneth Branagh.
Rabbit Proof Fence - Stolen Generations
Rabbits were first introduced to Australia by the First Fleet in By , the losses from rabbit damage were noticeable across Australia, and in a Royal Commission was held to investigate the problem. It stretches for 1, kilometres 1, miles. Today, the State Barrier Fence prevents emus migrating to agricultural areas as well as wild dogs from attacking livestock. Rabbit-Proof Fence is set in Western Australia in It follows sisters Molly and Daisy, and their cousin Gracie, who live in Jigalong, a town located on the northern part of the No.
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The Rabbit-Proof Fence movie
It is loosely based on a true story concerning the author's mother Molly , as well as two other mixed-race Aboriginal girls, Daisy Kadibil and Gracie, who escape from the Moore River Native Settlement , north of Perth , Western Australia, to return to their Aboriginal families, after being placed there in British producer Jeremy Thomas , who has a long connection with Australia, was executive producer of the film, selling it internationally through his sales arm, HanWay Films. The town lies along the northern part of one of the fences making up Australia's rabbit-proof fence called Number One Fence , which runs for over one thousand miles. Neville called Mr. Devil by them , signs an order to relocate the three girls to the Moore River Native Settlement. The children are referred to by Neville as " half-castes ", because they have one white and one Aboriginal parent.