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Inspiration for 'Rabbit Proof Fence' passes away

Extract from Australian Broadcasting Corporation - ABC Online, on 15 January 2004


The 87-year-old Aboriginal woman upon whose life the film Rabbit Proof Fence was based, has died at Jigalong in Western Australia's north.

Molly Kelly, formerly Molly Craig, was sent by authorities with two others to Moore River, in the south of the state in the 1930s.

The girls escaped and returned on their own to Jigalong, 165 kilometres east of Newman.

Her story prompted daughter Doris Pilkington Garimara to write the book Follow the Rabbit Proof Fence, which later became an internationally acclaimed film directed by Philip Noyce.


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