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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 , Kilometre Walk Home Under Western Australia S Invidious Removal Policy Of The S, 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 The White Society And Forbidden To Speak Their Native TongueThe Three Girls Aged ,AndManaged 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 Tracked By Native Police And Search Planes, They Hid In Terror, Surviving On Bush Tucker, Desperate To Return To The World They KnewTheir Journey To Freedom Longer Than Many Of The Legendary Walks Of Our Explorer Heroes Is Vividly Told From Family Recollections, Letters Between The Authorities And The Aboriginal Protector, And Dramatic Newspaper Reports Of The Runaway Children It Reveal A Past Cruel Than We Could Ever Imagine 4.5 Western Australia, 1930 Not 1830 1930 This is recent history 2400km, barefoot, through rivers and harsh bush, always hiding Three half caste Aboriginal girls, 8, 11, and 15, ran away from the Moore River Native Settlement, where they d been sent in the south of the state, and trekked all the way back north on their own, following the rabbit proof fence It s an important story, simply told.SOME BACKGROUNDFor those who are interested, I m including web links I found I hope they continue to work If not, I hope someone will post new ones as comments There is a map in the front of the book to show how far this was Here s a link to a page with the map, a picture of the author, and a film trailer The film of this book is perhaps better known than the book itself, which was written by Molly s daughter, Nugi Garimara Doris Pilkington the author was herself taken and left at Moore River in 1940 when she was 4 renamed Doris and was reunited with her mother 21 years later at Jigalong, where she learned her mother s story the author Molly the author s mother, the eldest of the 3 girls whose story this is Maude mother of Molly Molly s father was white, hence the government interest THE STORYRabbit Proof Fence The True Story of One of the Greatest Escapes of All Time is a fictionalised account of the girls adventures and ordeals It is a straight forward story, told in the third person without a lot of embellishment, but with descriptions of the bush, catching rabbits, and the rain and mud Molly s mother, Maude, grew up at Jigalong and seems to have had an independent dispositon She didn t care for the fellow she was intended for the feeling was mutual , but fell for Thomas Craig, an Englishman who was a fence inspector Maude s family was happy, since Maude hadn t broken any kinship laws And Thomas was happy and named the baby.Molly was a pretty little baby, noted only with an entry in the station record, not registered , and later, she had two little cousins, alsomuda mudas , half Aboriginal and half white The three girls played together and were teased and bullied by the others because they weren t black enough.A.J Keeling, the Superintendent of the government depot at Jigalong noticed the attitude of the Mardu children and reported thatthe girls were not getting a fair chance as the blacks consider the H Cs half castes inferior to them Department of Native Affairs file no 173 30POLITICAL RANT So the decision was made to move them, much as we consider moving children today whom we believe to be living in abusive situations But in the cases of the Aboriginal children, moves were not into nearby family foster care but into European style institutions where they were to be cut off from all family contact and told to speak only English Drastic And of course they were to live in dormitories and be trained in simple trades, not raised and educated as white children were Shameful servitude.BACK TO THE STORYThe families did their best to hide the girls, knowing they were at risk of being removed, but the kids were found and taken south in July 1931 Interestingly, in August 1930, a year earlier, Keelingwrote in his report that these children leantowards the black than white and on second thoughts, think nothing would be gained in removing them Department of Native Affairs file no 173 30 Someone read it No one responded And there you have it The government official who knew the families could see that the girls were better with them in spite of the teasing or bullying, much the way community services try these days to keep families together and help the family 20 20 hindsight.Molly was 15, Gracie was 11, and Daisy was 9 They arrived, by boat sailing down the coast no tracks to follow home on 27 July 1931 By 11 August 1931, the West Australian announcedMISSING NATIVE GIRLSand went on to describe their disappearance.Molly had good bush sense, but the bush itself and the bush tucker was different from that at home She was counting on finding the fence to the east of them and then following it northFrom when she was young, Molly had learned that the fence was an important landmark for the Mardudjara people of the Western Desert who migrated south from the remote regions They knew that once they reached Bil lanooka Station, it was simply a matter of following the rabbit proof fence to their final destination, the Jigalong government depot the desert outpost of the white man The fence cut through the country from south to north It was a typical response to a problem of their own making Building a fence to keep the rabbits out proved to be a futile attempt by the government of the day For the three runaways, the fence was a symbol of love, home and security They had help along the way people gave them food and clothing, sent them on their way, and sometimes contacted the authorities Molly cleverly made sure they arrived at stations from one direction and left by another, so the owners would never really know where they came from or where they were going They were by turns cold and hot, wet, bone weary, and had festering sores on their legs from the bush scratches This was no picnic CONCLUSIONThis is as close to a first hand account of this phenomenal tale that we ll ever get, I think It is worth reading for that alone Nugi Doris has done a remarkable job putting this together and all Australian schools should teach it END POLITICAL RANT Not my favorite I d like to readabout Aboriginals, but this wasn t done very well in my opinion and since the author is the daughter of this woman, it was hard to suspend my disbelief in order to read this and all of the little details she inserted. First book completed for the AroundTheWorldAThon Oceania Edition First things first there are a lot of reviews on Goodreads complaining that this book isn t adventure y enough for an adventure novel That s because IT S NOT AN ADVENTURE NOVEL This book is narrative non fiction It tells the story of cross cultural contact in Western Australia from the military outpost at Albany to the settlement at Swan River to the construction of the Canning Stock Route All of this merely serves to set the scene for Pilkington telling her mother s story In 1931, the author s mother and aunts, all of whom had Indigenous mothers and white fathers, were taken from their families in northern Western Australia and sent to Perth to school But the school was less of a school andof a prison designed to westernise Indigenous children and turn them into acceptable servants Pilkington s mother and aunts escaped and walked the 1,600 kilometres from Perth back to Jigalong by following the rabbit proof fence It s an astonishing story, not only of survival but of the astonishing bullshit that the Federal Government and the white population in general thought was acceptable and right Like, we re not talking about something that happened centuries ago All four of my grandparents were alive when this happened It was only sixteen years before my father was born And Indigenous children are STILL BEING REMOVED FROM THEIR PARENTS ON A REGULAR BASIS This book is important because it s an amazing story But it s also important because it s still a highly relevant story Just don t make the mistake of thinking it s an adventure novel Because it s not. Years ago I saw the excellent movie Rabbit Proof Fence, and GR friend Brendon reminded me that it was based on this remarkable book.Doris Pilkington wrote this memoir after hearing the stories of her mother, Molly, and her aunts, Gracie and Daisy Pilkington begins the book by sharing some history of the Aboriginal people in Australia, and over the generations we see how the British colonialists stole their land, killed them, starved them, and forced the natives to move into government approved zones Similar to how the American settlers forced the Indians to march along the Trail of Tears to their relocation area in Oklahoma The history was well explained, and it gave context to the plight of the half caste children, those who had British fathers and Aboriginal mothers The common belief at the time was that part Aboriginal children wereintelligent than their darker relations and should be isolated and trained to be domestic servants and labourers Policies were introduced by the government in an effort to improve the welfare and educational needs of these children Molly, Gracie and Daisy were completely unaware that they were to be included in the schemes designed for children who were fathered by white men Their mothers were accused of being promiscuous A few critics were honest, however, when they said many white men satisfied their lustful desires with the native women until they were able to return to white society In 1931, when Molly was about 14, she and her younger sisters were rounded up and taken to a Native Settlement in Western Australia, which wasthan 1,000 miles away from their home in the desert The description of when Molly was taken away was gut wrenching Her mother and relatives wailed and moaned, and Molly also wept The settlement, which was basically an internment camp, was operated by the government as a way to educate the mixed race Aboriginal children So the half caste children were taken away from their native families and forced to assimilate to English ways, all for the privilege of someday doing menial labor Instead of a residential school, the Aboriginal children were placed in an overcrowded dormitory The inmates, not students, slept on cyclone beds with government issue blankets There were no sheets or pillow slips except on special occasions when there was an inspection by prominent officials Then they were removed as soon as the visitors left the settlement and stored away until the next visit On the windows there were no colourful curtains, just wire screens and iron bars It lookedlike a concentration camp than a residential school for Aboriginal children Molly, who was both smart and brave, figured out a way to escape and return home she and her sisters would follow the rabbit proof fence, which were coast to coast barriers the government built in the early 1900s to try and control the rabbit population Molly and her sisters walkedthan 1,000 miles, barefoot and with little food, and made it home to their families Molly was a good leader and knew the land well she was skilled at making camp, at hunting for food and at covering their tracks The sections on the girls escape and journey were gripping, and even though I knew the ending because I had seen the film, I was completely engrossed Now the question is, how does anyone keep traveling in a northerly direction on a dismal, grey day without a map or compass It would be difficult for an adult without the most thorough knowledge of bushcraft not to become disoriented and lost in a strange part of the country where the landscape is filled with thick undergrowth and without the sun to guide the way Well, Molly, this 14 year old girl, had no fear because the wilderness was her kin It always provided shelter, food and sustenance She had learned and developed bushcraft skills and survival techniques from an expert, her step father, a former nomad from the desert During their trek, Molly and her sisters were given food by other natives they met and even by some white farmers, although several of those folks also telephoned their location to the government official who was trying to recover the girls But the sisters managed to stay ahead of the officers and made it home safely Pilkington includes an epilogue that tells what happened to the sisters they had long lives and big families and a helpful glossary of Mardujara words, which was the language Molly and her sisters spoke I would highly recommend this book to anyone who wants to learnabout the history of Australia, Aboriginal culture, or if you just like a good story about a prison escape and a walkabout Short rant about friggin colonialists Look, I am a reader and a sociologist and I know it s the way of the world, Might Makes Right, You Can t Stop Progress, blah blah blah, but it is SO DEPRESSING to read about all the times that indigenous people and cultures have been crushed by invaders who wanted the land and or slaves As a German American, I am sensitive to how the Native Americans were massacred by the early European settlers Just as the British are probably touchy about how their ancestors colonized every other continent Rabbit Proof Fence reminded me of the heartbreaking book Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe, which was about how the villages in Nigeria were destroyed by British colonialists and Christian missionaries And if you want to get really depressed, check out Dee Brown s Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee, about all of the injustices committed against the Native Americans Yes, all of this history is soul crushing But it s also important In the sociology class I teach, I have an in depth lecture on racism throughout world history, and I m often amazed at the number of college freshmen who didn t know that racism wasn t just an American problem it s a global problem It s a human problem I read these books to bear witness. This story is set in Western Australia during the 1930 s It s the story about three young girls Molly, Daisy, and Gracie who are forcibly removed from their families in Jigalong, North West of the Moore River Settlement Along with these girls there are many other half cast children who are also removed from their families where they are taken to state run facilities The children are locked into schools with bars on the windows and locks on the doors.Not long after arriving, Molly knows she must find a way to escape The girls are distraught and desperately want to be back home with their families It doesn t take long for Molly to find that escape route and before they know it the girls on their way and trying to find their way home Of course they had no idea how far or how long this would take They will trek over 1000 miles and with each day they push themselves even though they are exhausted, hungry, and in a lot of pain Along the way they will meet other Aborigines who help them by giving them a few things such as meat and matches In the first few chapters we are given the history and background of the Aboriginal culture which I found quite interesting This is an amazing story of survival, determination, and courage which I found very inspiring I really enjoyed this book and I have no hesitation in recommending it. As a description of the persecution of Aborigines in Australia, this is an important book to have read An interesting and clear presentation of the facts The book is about three half caste aboriginal girls placed in the Moore River Native Settlement outside Perth They were taken against both the wishes of the girls themselves and their families This was a common practice, not at all a onetime exception Half castes, children of aboriginal mothers and white fathers, that being most usually the case, were considered smarter than pure Aborigines They were taken to so called settlements schools to be taught how to be less aboriginal, how to beEuropean But why So that they could be shaped intouseful servants for the British settlers The three girls, aging from nine to fifteen, run away from the settlement where they had been imprisoned Let s call them prisons because that is what they were There were bars on the windows and completely fenced in These three girls escaped and ran home How is this possible, walking alone, barefoot without the simplest equipment, without food, with all Australia searching for them This walk took almost nine weeks and is the longest walk in the history of the Australian Outback This is not fiction It is history And it is shocking.A brief history of the foreign settlement of Australia is given Information is given also about the Rabbit Proof Fence , originally constructed in 1907 to stop the invasion of rabbits into Western Australia from the East Molly, the oldest of the three girls lives in a station in charge of the supervision of said fence in the northwestern desert area of Western Australia Her step father s employment is care of this fence So the idea was to follow that fence homeward Documented police files are quoted The statements are shocking in their total nonchalance for the three girls They are things to be possessed and used, not human beings Shocking This is the history that must be acknowledged by all The book is straightforward and clear It presents information that should be known.The landscape is described by naming vegetation and fauna specific for the terrain, but such flora and fauna are foreign to me so I could not picture its beauty.I was not enthralled with the audiobook s narration by Rachael Mazza The narration is fast, the exciting parts evenso, perhaps in an effort particularly to increase the melodrama of the events I feel the events speak for themselves I don t appreciate the added drama Maybe others do I found the Australian dialect difficult to follow, and some of the aboriginal terms are not fully explained. Rating 3.5 of fiveThe Publisher Says 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 foot on Australian soil, the journey made by these girls born of Aboriginal mothers and white fathers speaks something to everyone.My Review Doris Pilkington s father was a cowardly white man who failed to protect his three half Aboriginal daughters from the colonial mentality espousing their forced removal from their parents Their mother left the cad, good on her, and was still powerless to act against the white government to get her daughters out of their residential school where they were maltreated The aim of their removal from Aboriginal society was to prevent them from passing on the values of their society, instead becoming darker skinned white people Oh, and not just that, but inferior servant class white people.Can t imagine where the Aussies got such a horrible idea Nope Just can t Nor where the South Africans got the idea for apartheid Nuh uh Imponderable No relation to the American policies on Native peoples or former slaves Dear me, no.That sarcasm out of the way, I will remark that the story is presented as a novel despite the fact that Pilkington aka Garimara 1937 2014 was writing about her very own mother s story It freed her to write about the details of the girls experiences, ones she must have heard from her mother s own lips, without the burden of fact checking or documenting things that were never written down or part of any official record in the first event.The prose isn t stellar In fact it s pretty clunky I enjoyed the Aboriginal words used without explanation, since there was a handy dandy glossary in the back of the book I didn t want the author to lead me by my lily white hand to the Promised Land of Otherness I expect that my rating would ve been a lot lower had she done that I was simply dropped into the otherness, as Molly and her sisters were It s a good technique, effectively putting the reader into the shoes of scared children In the end, the experience of reading the book was better than the book itself What a weird sentence that is I know I must sound like a raving loonie But what I mean by that is that this is a truly important and continually relevant depressingly tale of oppression and victimization based on ethnic difference It just isn t a particularly well written one And still it makes a strong impression on the reader, one that means something inside shifts a bit, hopefully in a positive direction I d suggest reading it to anyone who thinks the segregation of an ethnic minority is in any way a good idea.The 2002 film, Rabbit Proof Fence, is only 2.99 to rent atIt s got some areas where it s a bit better than the book, and some lovely cinematography The book and the film are best enjoyed together How unusual is that In the life of an Aboriginal woman, no one isimportant than her mother when she is young, her daughters when she is oldI knew very little about the ugly side of history of Australia, but this short book definitely was an eye opener Rabbit Proof Fence is the harrowing true story of three mixed race Aboriginal children who walked a thousand miles to get back to their mothers This book, written by Doris Pilkington, tells how her mother Molly and her younger cousins Gracie and Daisy were taking from their Aboriginal families and brought to a residential school for Aboriginal children There they were told to forget everything about their native culture the language, the songs, even their own mother and to learn the British ways, so that these mixed race children one day could serve as domestic servants and cheap labours Molly, Gracie, and Daisy, the girls only being 14, 10, and 8, of course wanted to go back home, and so Molly escaped with her cousins to make the long journey through the desert Molly s leadership skills are incredible with her knowledge of the land and the animals, and her clever ideas to keep the British persecutors off their back, she was able to keep Gracie and Daisy safe during their heavy journey I m a bit sad that I ve read the Oxford University Press edition because the story has been shortened and simplified so that young children can read and understand the severe situation as well This took away the impact and the edge of the story, but on the other hand movie stills were added to the book, which helped me visualize the events and the main characters Now I m really interested in watching the movie based on this book So although the 3 stars are solemnly based on me reading this child friendly edition, I do recommend this book to others because it s part of a history that s not very known and deserves a lotattention.