′Although these were the years of Depression with unemployment and
near-starvation, the rabbit industry gave men like my father an
independence and way of earning a living. It was fortunate, too, that
Mum was a creative rabbit cook. As one farmer said, 'Although the
rabbits were a pest, we would′a damned well starved without ′em!'′
In 1859 twenty-four wild rabbits were released onto a Victorian
property. By 1890 rabbits were at plague numbers. And by the 1920s
their numbers had reached an estimated ten billion.
Great Australian Rabbit Stories is a marvellous collection of
true-life tales that give a remarkable insight into life on the land as
seen through the eyes of those who have been at the frontline of
Australia′s relentless battle with the rabbit. Full of heart, humour,
sadness and adventure, these stories perfectly capture the Aussie
spirit and ingenuity - from childhood recollections of trapping rabbits
during the Depression, to the tireless battles fought by farmers
against their furry foe and the scientists who search desperately for
ways to control exploding rabbit populations. These memories not only
bring to life a bygone era, but also highlight the very real challenges
people in rural Australia face every day.
′The world did change with 'myxo'. Many people lost income, and
millions of dead rabbits created a dreadful stink across the nation.
But the earth healed, grass grew and bush creatures thrived. For
decades the rabbit was beaten, but I now can smell it once again,
growing stronger.′ Linette Treasure