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Muse of 'Rabbit Proof Fence' remembered

Extract from Australian Broadcasting Corporation - ABC Online, on 6 March 2004


The life of the woman who inspired the film Rabbit Proof Fence will be remembered at a funeral ceremony near Newman in Western Australia on Saturday.

Eighty-seven-year-old Molly Kelly will be farewelled at the community of Jigalong.

Molly Kelly's experience was recorded by her daughter Doris Pilkington in the book Follow the Rabbit Proof Fence.

It told how Molly and two other girls were taken by authorities to the Moore River Settlement near Perth in the early 1930s.

The girls escaped and walked 1,600 kilometres home to Jigalong.

Mrs Kelly's life will be remembered by hundreds of people this weekend, including Aboriginal elders from across the state, community leaders, government authorities and a group of Aboriginal police liaison officers.


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