Biosecurity, pests, weeds and diseases
Department of Agriculture and Food, Western Australia
There is evidence of rabbits arriving in Australia as far back as 1788, and it is well known that others were liberated on islands around the coast, including some off the coast of Western Australia. However, they remained localised and it is now generally accepted that the rabbits which did spread originated from a small shipment of the wild type brought on the Clipper “Lightning” in 1859. They were released on “Barwon Park”, the property of Thomas Austin, near Geelong in Victoria, and within three years, had reached pest proportions
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Western Australia, Barrier fence, Rabbits, Vermin
Crawford, J S. (1969), History of the state vermin barrier fences, formerly known as rabbit proof fences. Department of Agriculture and Food, Western Australia, Perth. Report.
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