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  • By: Doris Pilkington
  • Narrated by: Rachael Maza
  • Length: 4 hrs and 10 mins
  • 4.7 out of 5 stars (123 ratings)

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Follow the Rabbit-Proof Fence

By: Doris Pilkington
Narrated by: Rachael Maza
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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 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.

©1996 Doris Pilkington-Nugi Garimara (P)2002 Australian Broadcasting Corporation

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excellent!

this story is fantastic. an incredible tribute to the family and absolutely incredible account of events that these young girls went through to get home. I've watched the movie and listening to the book was so much better, so detailed and so well written. this would have to be one of my favourite stories of all time. makes you appreciate the freedom we have and how much these girls fought for theirs and their family. awesome! 10/10, inspiring.

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I wish I read it sooner

I thought this would be a hard read but it is so engaging and uplifting

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What a feat

Wonderfully read. This is an amazing story of endurance, determination, knowledge of environment for survival. On the other hand it is also a story of history which is not complimentary. I learned much from this.

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Beautiful sad story

A real education in the plight of the aboriginal people in the 1930s Australian outback

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An important true story, well told

Hard to believe things like this happened so recently. It was would be an amazing travel and survival story even without this aspect.

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Absolute WOW!

it's such an inspirational true story, how these young girls have guts and glory. I had listened to it over and over again, what a courage!

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Great story/narrator

What a story. Hard to believe they managed. So much shame on the authorities in those days.
Just dreadful to think the Native people were treated so despicably.

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In the spirit of reconciliation, Audible acknowledges the Traditional Custodians of country throughout Australia and their connections to land, sea and community. We pay our respect to their elders past and present and extend that respect to all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples today.