Follow the Rabbit-Proof Fence Background

Follow the Rabbit-Proof Fence Background

Follow the Rabbit Proof fence is a novel written by Doris Pilkington and was published by University of Queensland Press in 1996.

The book is based around three Aboriginal girls, Molly, Daisy and Gracie, who are outcasts due to their mixed-race lineage and are therefore separated form their families by the government. They escape and journey back to their families, by following the rabbit-proof fence that crosses Australia.

The book stems from true events and was based around the historical event, The Stolen Generation, where mixed children were removed from their parents. The characters, Molly, Daisy and Gracie, were actually the author’s mother, aunt and their cousin. Pilkington interviewed the three extensively before the publication of the novel, in order to get a realistic and true version of events as possible.

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