Western Australia, Myxomatosis.
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Few people would have believed in 1951, that the huge rabbit population of Western Australia—estimated at over 50 millions—would have been reduced to the present low numbers. It was in 1951, that the Director of Agriculture, Mr. Baron Hay, arranged for some myxomatosis virus to be made available to Western Australia. The Veterinary Branch of the Department obtained a small supply, and in conjunction with the Agriculture Protection Board and Government Entomologist carried out initial trials. These were at Muresk, and on Mr. D. E. Ludeman's property at Bejoording where a low-grade infection was started.
Tomlinson, A. R.
"Myxomatosis - Its progress and future in W.A.,"
Journal of the Department of Agriculture, Western Australia, Series 3: Vol. 5
, Article 16.
Available at: https://researchlibrary.agric.wa.gov.au/journal_agriculture3/vol5/iss6/16