Rabbit-Proof Fence

Rabbit-Proof Fence

The True Story of One of the Greatest Escapes of All Time

By Doris Pilkington

Miramax Books, Paperback, 9780786887842, 160pp.

Publication Date: November 20, 2002


Following an Australian government edict in 1931, black aboriginal children and children of mixed marriages were gathered up and taken to settlements to be institutionally assimilated. In Rabbit-Proof Fence, award-wining author Doris Pilkington traces the story of her mother, Molly, one of three young girls uprooted from their community in Southwestern Australia and taken to the Moore River Native Settlement. There, Molly and her relatives Gracie and Daisy were forbidden to speak their native language, forced to abandon their heritage, and taught to be culturally white. After regular stays in solitary confinement, the three girls planned and executed a daring escape from the grim camp.