Follow the Rabbit Proof Fence by Doris Pilkington Garimara & Nugi Garimara
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.
Paperback | 156 pages
131 x 199 x 9mm | 122g
01 Oct 2003
University of Queensland Press
St Lucia, Australia
A secondhand book that has been read but is in good condition. Very minimal damage to the cover, including very minimal scuff marks, but no holes or tears. The majority of pages are undamaged, with no creasing or tearing, no pencil underlining of text, no highlighting of text, no writing in margins. There is some minor discolouring along the edge of a small handful of pages at the front of the book, the worst of which is the first page. No missing pages.