Walking the rabbit proof fence
retracing the journey and Story of MollY, Daisy and Grace's 1000 walk home across western Australia
Whilst hauled up in Byron Bay with a broken leg in 2007, I came across the film and book Follow the Rabbit Proof Fence. It's a pretty moving tale about three young aboriginal girls who were forcibly removed from their families and placed in a settlement in 1931. Molly, the eldest of the girls, engineered an escape and they walked all the way home, crossing some of Australia's most inhospitable environments, following the Rabbit Proof Fence. They had no maps. No provisions. No shoes. Nothing. They just had the nighties they were wearing and each other. A few months after being acquainted with their story my dad suddenly passed away. Finding myself in a dark, depressed state I sought inspiration from their courage, strength and sheer determination. Their story helped spur me on when I was at my lowest. So, I always wanted to return to Australia to retrace their journey and walk the fence. And........nine years later, it was the best thing I have ever done. And maybe ever will.
The whole experience was just the most incredible thing I've ever done and I could talk about it until the camels come home. I'm currently writing a book about it. But, for now please find below a few clips and images from the journey...