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Follow The Rabbit Proof Fence

Doris Pilkington

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Queensland Univ. Press
01 November 2002
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.
By:   Doris Pilkington
Imprint:   Queensland Univ. Press
Country of Publication:   Australia
Edition:   Film tie-in edition
Dimensions:   Height: 199mm,  Width: 131mm,  Spine: 9mm
Weight:   122g
ISBN:   9780702233555
ISBN 10:   0702233552
Pages:   160
Publication Date:   01 November 2002
Audience:   College/higher education ,  General/trade ,  Primary ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active
  • Winner of Australia Council: Red Ochre Award 2008
  • Winner of Australia Council: Red Ochre Award 2008.

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