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This extraordinary story of courage and faith is based on the actual experiences of three girls who fled from the repressive life of Moore River Native Settlement, following along the rabbit-proof fence back to their homelands. Assimilationist policy dictated that these girls be taken from their kin and their homes in order to be made white. Settlement life was unbearable with its chains and padlocks, barred windows, hard cold beds, and horrible food.

Solitary confinement was doled out as regular punishment. The girls were not even allowed to speak their language.

Of all the journeys made since white people set rabbbit-proof on Australian soil, the journey made by these girls born of Aboriginal mothers and white fathers speaks something to everyone. Ships from and sold by Amazon. Details Customers who bought this item also bought Page 1 of 1 Start over Page 1 of 1 This shopping feature will continue to load items.

In order to navigate out of this carousel please use your heading shortcut key to navigate to the next or previous heading. A Novel Peter Carey 3. Frnce was born in 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. Would you like to tell us about a lower price? If you are a seller for this product, would you like to suggest updates through seller support?

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Showing of reviews. Top Reviews Most recent Top Reviews. There was a problem filtering reviews right now. Please try again later. Kindle Edition Verified Purchase. I saw the film some years ago and like it very much, so downloaded this version. I found the book difficult to follow, choppy and loaded with unfamiliar aboriginal language.

The last complaint was mitigated by finding, at the end of the volume, a relatively complete glossary. A little upfront notice would have helped. The book is written by a descendant of the original participants, perhaps explaining the obvious gaps in the narrative, but the perspective is that of the participants rather than of a historical rendition. A little more background on the status of the aboriginal fennce at the relevant time would have been useful, especially to non-Australians like me.


All of those gripes having been aired, let me add that there is much to admire in the courage, resourcefulness and bushcraft knowledge of the key participants. I am sure that very few outsiders could have survived such a journey, let alone doing so with apparent matter-of-fact aplomb.

This is my first book from a native Australian author. I will be looking for more voices of such a unique experience of life in such an outwardly inhospitable environment. Doris, thank you for having the courage to tell your mama’s story. It’s pilkihgton must read. If we rabbit-prkof inform ourselves about the horrors of the past, we may very well be destined to repeat it. Read it, and pass the information on to the young ones around you.

This is the story of three Aboriginal half caste girls removed from their families in Western Australia by government officials who sent them miles away to a ‘residential school’, more like a prison than a boarding school, where they were incarcerated and expected to learn to read and write and speak English before being sent off to be servants.

The author, Doris Pilkington Aboriginal name Nugi Garimara is the daughter of the eldest girl, Molly and she retells their story in simple, straightforward language. Molly and the two younger girls, sisters Daisy and Gracie run away from the school within days of arriving with only the clothes on their backs and no provisions.

They amazingly manage to survive using their native skills in hunting and finding clean water and later strangers who give them food and clothing. Somehow, partly due to the rain and partly to their skills at hiding they manage to evade the foplow and the trackers sent to find them.

Molly is familiar with the rabbit proof fence that runs the length of the state and knows if she can find that then they will just need to follow it home.

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Although told simply, this incredible story of tenacity and survival is powerful in portraying the devastation of white settlement on Australia’s Aboriginal communities, first by depriving them of their land and the ability to feed rabbit-prof and then by allowing a paternalistic government to deprive them of their mixed race children. I first saw the Miramax movie starring Kenneth Branagh, vollow was based upon this book. I was intrigued enough by the film to read this book.

I was not disappointed. This book is certainly a testament to the human spirit. It also reveals the harsh, paternalistic and racist policies that the Australian government imposed upon its Aboriginal population. Inthe Australian government issued an edict that mandated that all Aboriginal and part Aboriginal children were to be forcibly removed from their homes and taken to special settlements where they were to be assimilated.

There, while living in inhumane and degrading conditions, they would be taught to be culturally white, would be mandated to speak English only, and would be trained to be domestic help or laborers in white households. The author tells the reader the story of three young girls, Mollie, Gracie, and Daisy, who had Aboriginal mothers and White fathers. Ranging in age from nine to fifteen years old, the three girls were forcibly removed from their loving families and taken to a special settlement.


The girls rebelled against this system, and, homesick, escaped from such a settlement. They left with iterally just the clothes on their back.


Their only guide home would be a rabbit-proof fence that stretched for over a thousand miles across Australia. The girls Aboriginal heritage and survival skills would come in handy throughout their nearly nine week long trek across Australia, as they rabbbit-proof forced to subsist on the land and the occasional kindness from strangers.

They had to endure thirst, hunger, and danger, while avoiding being caught along the way by professional trackers, police on the lookout for them, and white settlers that were unsympathetic to their situation.

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

This story is a most personal one for the author, as one of the girls, Molly, is the author’s mother. Told in a straightforward, factual manner, it is an incredible story that is dabbit-proof indictment of the Australian government’s racist policies against its Aboriginal people and its imperialistic self-proclaimed superiority over them. This was another story revealed of the misuse and mistreatment of young women of another culture.

Disheartening in specifics but hurrah for the children who had basic tribe teachings to get them home again over miles of terrain. I was on the edge of my chair most of the book. Leave them alone, they can take care of their own – the moral of the story. Follow the Rabbit-Proof Fence is a surprising story of children practically kidnapped by the well-intentioned State in its misguided attempt to include the Aborigine people of Australia into the “Greater Community” rsbbit-proof ex-European citizens, with the rigid background of eighteenth Century English legislation, unable to see the human aspects pilkingtkn life.

But then the rzbbit-proof was true of the poorer classes in the UK at that time.

Consideration for Freud, child psychology and ‘adapted didactics’ was something of the future. The only big surprise here was that children of such a young age had the capability of struggling and surviving rabbit-prooof such harsh circumstances. And this speaks more than well for the training received from their “bush” relatives who had taught them survival techniques.

The only negative aspect of this story was the fact that it was rather short, which I found disappointing.

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