Rabbits, Vermin control, Western Australia
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IN the year 1859, an enthusiastic sportsman in Victoria took delivery from the clipper "Lightning" of a small consignment of wild European rabbits which he joyfully released on his estate at Barwon Park, near Geelong, in order to assure himself of some rough shooting.
He was not the only rabbit importer on record—tame rabbits were brought into Australia before and after 1895 and doubtless there were other importations of the wild rabbit—but he is generally credited—or discredited—with having triggered off the rabbit plague.
"Rabbit control in 1960,"
Journal of the Department of Agriculture, Western Australia, Series 4: Vol. 1
, Article 13.
Available at: https://researchlibrary.agric.wa.gov.au/journal_agriculture4/vol1/iss3/13