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Follow the Rabbit-Proof Fence


Follow the Rabbit-Proof Fence: Summary

Author: Doris Pilkington Garimara

Themes: Resilience, Survival, Cultural Identity, Injustice


"Follow the Rabbit-Proof Fence" recounts the true story of three Aboriginal girls - Molly, Daisy, and Gracie. In the 1930s, under Australia's assimilation policies, they were forcibly removed from their family in Jigalong and placed in Moore River Native Settlement. The narrative focuses on their audacious escape and the 1,600-kilometer trek back home, guided by the rabbit-proof fence that traversed Western Australia.

Key Themes

  • Survival and Resilience: Demonstrated by the girls' long journey home, relying on their wit, knowledge of the land, and determination.
  • Cultural Identity: Their journey is also a fight to preserve their Aboriginal identity against governmental policies aimed at assimilation.
  • Injustice: The story highlights the historical injustices faced by the Aboriginal people, particularly the Stolen Generations, affected by forced removal policies.


The book not only tells a story of incredible survival but serves as a critical commentary on the impact of forced assimilation policies on Aboriginal communities. It's a poignant reminder of the resilience and strength of Aboriginal people in the face of systemic injustice.