Barrier Fence - The Longest Fence
The colours of inland Australia stir my heart and get into my novels.
This was once called the rabbit proof fence. 5000 km of it to protect half the country from the ecological disaster caused when 24 rabbits were released in 1859 by an Englishman, Thomas Austen of Barvon Park near Geelong. He was looking for a little sport with his friends. They bred like rabbits...
By the 1890's rabbits were in plague proportions in Australia.
When completed in 1907, the West Australian No1 Rabbit Proof Fence was the longest line of unbroken fence in the world.
Barbed wire was later added to make the fence dingo, wild dog, and fox proof. Then it became known as the dingo fence. Now, called wild dog fence, dingoes having interbred with the domesticated dog.
If you enjoyed the book by and the film, The Rabbit Proof Fence, you will enjoy The Stolen Years Series by Ryn Shell,
The movie, The Rabdit-Proof Fence, tells the true story of three aboriginal girls who are forcibly taken from their families in 1931 to be trained as domestic servants as part of an official Australian government policy. They make a daring escape and embark on an epic 1,500 mile journey to get back home - following the rabbit-proof fence that bisects the Australian continent - with the authorities in hot pursuit,
The Red Heart of Australia, the land I love.
Ryn Shell writes stories of crime, love and Australia.
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Formerly Kathy Shell of Buninyong Gallery.
The splendour of nature and the Australian bush captured in work of acclaimed artist Ryn (Kathy) Shell.
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