Western Australia's rabbit-proof fence came up when researching our post about the Great Emu War. I've run across references to it before when I've been reading about Australia, and this latest encounter made me wonder: What's going on with that fence? It starts with what's going on with rabbits in Australia. We get into that (and whether the blame is really justified).
I picked this one while researching the Emu War, and here's my research:
- "The Acclimatisation Society." The Argus (Melbourne). April 21, 1864. http://trove.nla.gov.au/ndp/del/article/5747882
- Australian Geographic. "What makes an animal native?" http://www.australiangeographic.com.au/journal/what-makes-an-animal-native.htm
- Brown, P.L. "Austin, Thomas." Australian Dictionary of Biography. http://adb.anu.edu.au/biography/austin-thomas-1521
- Department of Agriculture and Food. State Barrier Fence of Western Australia Centenary 1901 - 2001." http://www.agric.wa.gov.au/PC_93076.html?s=0
- Government of South Australia. "Pests, Weeds and Control Fences." http://www.pir.sa.gov.au/aghistory/left_nav/natural_resources/pests,_weeds_and_control_fences
- http://www.rabbitfreeaustralia.org.au/assets/fenner103112.pdf (Holly do not read this, there are lots of sick bunny pictures)
- Kellett, Mark. "Rabbits in Australia." Heritage Australia. http://www.heritageaustralia.com.au/pdfs/Heritage%200306_Rabbits.pdf
- Museum of Victoria. "The Victorian Acclimatisation Society." http://museumvictoria.com.au/discoverycentre/infosheets/the-melbourne-story/the-victorian-acclimatisation-society-/
- National Geographic. "Dingo." http://animals.nationalgeographic.com/animals/mammals/dingo/
- Report of the Vermin-proof Fencing Commission, 1893. http://www.pir.sa.gov.au/__data/assets/file/0019/151075/NRMHist_RabbitDocket.pdf
- Serville, Paul H. "Austin, Elizabeth Phillips." Australian Dictionary of Biography. http://adb.anu.edu.au/biography/austin-elizabeth-phillips-1522
- Surveyor-General's Office. Rabbit Report. 1864. http://www.pir.sa.gov.au/__data/assets/file/0020/151076/NRMHist_Rabbits1893Report.pdf
More on invasive rabbits: 5 Invasive Species That Might Conquer the World.
A link to today's episode: Australia's Rabbit-proof Fence
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