2006 Expedition

Rabbit Proof Fence

OVERVIEW

The introduction of a few rabbits can do little harm and might provide a touch of home, as well as a little hunting"  

Thomas Austin, on releasing 24 rabbits on to his farm in Victoria in 1859.

 

By 1894 rabbits were in plague proportions across the majority of the mainland. To control further vermin spread into the pastural land of Western Australia, a Royal Commission appointed Alfred Canning to survey the route for a barrier fence.

 

Richard Anketell's team completed construction of this in 1907. The Rabbit Proof Fence as it is now known stretched from Starvation Bay on the southern coast of WA to Cape Keraudren in the far north.

 

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THE TEAM

Wayne Garwood

 

Michael Cicchini

Tony Snow

John Walker

Aaron Hoskin

David Randolph

Brydie-Lee Sheen (film maker)

Guy Kirby (Hisorian)

Eugene Browne

Greg English

 

THE SPONSORS

Curtin University

Landgate

Land Surveyors Licensing Board

BHP Billeton Iron Ore

HWE Mining

Consolidated Minerals

McMullen Nolan & Partners

GlobalPOS

OmniSTAR

OmniTRACK

Pilbara mangenese

CRKennedy

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