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Rabbit-proof fence
Pilkington, Doris, 1937-2014.
Uniform Title:
Follow the rabbit-proof fence
Publication Information:
New York : Hyperion, [2002]
Physical Description:
xiv, 136 pages : illustrations, map ; 21 cm
General Note:
"Miramax books."

"The true story of one of the greatest escapes of all time"--Cover.

Author's Aboriginal name is Nugi Garimara.

Originally published by University of Queensland Press as: Follow the rabbit-proof fence.
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PR9619.3.P535 F65 2002 Adult Non-Fiction Open Shelf
PR9619.3.P535 F65 2002 Adult Non-Fiction Open Shelf

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A major motion picture from Miramax Films, directed by Philip Noyce and starring Kenneth Branagh, this is the remarkable true story of three girls who crossed 1,500 miles of harsh Australian desert on foot to return home. Following a 1931 Australian edict, the white government rounded up aboriginal children to be institutionally assimilated in remote settlements. Here award-winning author Doris Pilkington tells the captivating story of her own mother and two relatives' daring escape, in a truly moving tale of defiance and resilience against all odds.

Author Notes

Doris Pilkington Garimara was born Nugi Garimara on the Balfour Downs Station near Jigalong, Australia in 1937. When she was about four years old, she was taken from her mother by the government and raised at the Moore River Native Settlement, which was an internment camp for cross-breed Aboriginal children. She was transferred to a Christian mission where she was educated, but also taught that her Aboriginal culture was evil. She grew up believing that her mother deliberately abandoned her, but finally reunited with her mother at the age of 25. She enrolled in the nursing aide training program at Royal Perth Hospital. She later studied journalism at Curtin University. She also worked as a nursing aide, a documentary film-maker, and a journalist.

Her book, Caprice: A Stockman's Daughter, won the 1990 David Unaipon Award for unpublished Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander writers, which was published in 1991. Her 1996 book, Follow the Rabbit-Proof Fence, is the story of her mother and two other Aboriginal girls who escaped from the Moore River Native Settlement and traveled for nine weeks to return to their family. It was later made into a 2002 film called Rabbit-Proof Fence. The sequel, Under the Windamarra Tree, continues her mother's story into adulthood. Pilkington Garimara died of ovarian cancer on April 10, 2014 at the age of 76.

(Bowker Author Biography)

Table of Contents

Introductionp. xi
Mapp. x
1 The First Military Postp. 1
2 The Swan River Colonyp. 8
3 The Decline of Aboriginal Societyp. 13
4 From the Deserts They Camep. 18
5 Jigalong, 1907-1931p. 34
6 The Journey Southp. 50
7 The Moore River Native Settlement, 1931p. 62
8 The Escapep. 75
9 What Happened to Them? Where are They Now?p. 131
Glossaryp. 134
Referencesp. 136