Journal of the Department of Agriculture, Western Australia, Series 3

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A century of rabbits


A. R. Tomlinson


Rabbits, Introduced species.

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The year 1959 cannot be allowed to pass without mention of the centenary of an event which probably has affected Australia's primary production more than any other single factor. A century ago, the rabbits which were eventually to spread over the whole continent, arrived in Australia. The almost incredible cost of this introduction to Australia—it must amount to hundreds or even thousands of millions of pounds— and the stranglehold they have exercised over the rural industry should mark the day they were landed as one of the blackest in our history. Although it is not a centenary to be celebrated it is one that none of us can afford to forget.