C1897

Sketch Map shewing Rabbit Board Districts and Rabbit Proof Fences Queensland.

Mapmaker:

W.H. Greenfield

Rare map showing the extent of existing and proposed rabbit proof fencing in Queensland to 1904, made as a result of the Royal Commission held to investigate the problem in 1901. At right is a key with explanation for lines … Read Full Description

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Full Title:

Sketch Map shewing Rabbit Board Districts and Rabbit Proof Fences Queensland.

Date:

C1897

Mapmaker:

W.H. Greenfield

Condition:

In good condition, with folds as issued. Laid on archival linen.

Technique:

Colour printed engraving.

Image Size: 

870mm 
x 670mm

Paper Size: 

890mm 
x 681mm
AUTHENTICITY
Sketch Map shewing Rabbit Board Districts and Rabbit Proof Fences Queensland. - Antique Map from 1897

Genuine antique
dated:

1897

Description:

Rare map showing the extent of existing and proposed rabbit proof fencing in Queensland to 1904, made as a result of the Royal Commission held to investigate the problem in 1901.

At right is a key with explanation for lines marked. 

The rabbit  was introduced to Australia with the arrival of the first fleet but it was the release of twenty four rabbits by Thomas Austin in 1859 that caused the massive explosion in their population.

Rabbits were first reported in south-western Queensland in the 1880s. Their spread was assisted by humans as much as by natural migration. Queensland reacted to the advancing wave of rabbits by introducing the Rabbit Nuisance Bill of 1878 and Act in 1880. Unfortunately, tenders for the construction of a rabbit-proof border fence were not passed until 1886, by which time rabbits were scattered from Wompah in the west to Mungindi in the east.

To prevent the further spread and devastation of rabbits, a rabbit proof fence started construction in 1886 at a point 25.6 km west of the Warrego River. By 1891, the fence had reached within a few kilometres of Haddon Corner in the far north-east of South Australia and was later extended east to Mungindi, completed in 1903. Between 1892 and 1905, Queensland was subdivided into nine separate Rabbit Board Districts. Each district erected netted barrier fences to keep the rabbit out.

Collections:
National Library Australia: Bib ID3582972 (note 1899 issue)
State Library of NSW: Call Numbers Z/M3 840/1907/1 (note 1907 edition)

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