SYMHC Classics: Rabbit-proof Fence


Gate in the Rabbit Fence at Stanthorpe, Christmas 1934. John Oxley Library, State Library of Queensland, 1934.  Public domain
Gate in the Rabbit Fence at Stanthorpe, Christmas 1934. John Oxley Library, State Library of Queensland, 1934. Public domain

Today, we're revisiting an episode about English settlers bringing animals and plants to Australia, including rabbits. The rabbit population exploded, and rabbit-controlling fences were started by the 1880s. Work on the State Barrier Fence began in 1901, and it's still maintained today.

One correction: Tracy made a note-taking error when originally working on this podcast back in 2013. Dingoes likely arrived in Australia about 3,000 years ago with humans, but the first humans in Australia arrived at least 47,000 years ago. So, dingoes came to Australia with people, but not with the first people to arrive on the continent.

If you'd like to visit the original episode, you can find it here: https://www.missedinhistory.com/podcasts/australias-rabbit-proof-fence.htm

And the show notes from when the episode originally published are here: https://www.missedinhistory.com/blogs/missed-in-history-australias-rabbit-proof-fence.htm

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