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Rabbit Proof Fence Australian Rubber Art Stamp Destash

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As rubber stamp titles go, Rabbit Proof Fence is pretty unusual. It features an extract of the schedule to The Rabbit Act of 1902 relating to Australia's famous vermin exclusion fence.

It sets out the wording of a form that landholders would use to apply for subsidized netting for the fence that ran from north to south through the vast state of Western Australian. [You can learn more about the fence in the back story below.]

It's a heritage stamp from the Yesteryears range of scrapbooking products from Western Australian company Stamp-It and is one of their Size F stamps. The woodmount measures 100mm (L) x 70mm (W).

The stamp is pre-loved but in excellent condition as you can see from the photos. It's in the destash pile as I concentrate my efforts on Indounik and all things Bali.

It makes a great background stamp, especially on Australiana or masculine cards.

Text comprises most of the stamp but there's also a section of fencing at the bottom that takes up about a third of the design.

Within the text, there's space for a signature and date.

Dimensions, weight and cost of the netting to be used in the fence are referred to in the old imperial measures that were used in Australia at the time and there's a reference to the price on rail at the Western Australian port city of Fremantle.

AT A GLANCE
Size: Woodmount measures 100mm (L) x 70mm (W) - approx 4 inches x 2 1/4 inches
Thickness: Approx 17mm
Weight: Approx 88 grams
Printed label colour: Brown
Material: Wood, adhesive, mounting foam
Shipping: This item will be shipped in a padded post pack to protect it and the cost of the pack is included in the shipping fee. I generally ship more quickly than the 3-5 days quoted in my shipping profile but sometimes need more leeway if I'm in Bali and it's rainy season or there are a lot of religious ceremonies that mean the post office is closed. I refund on shipping overcharges of more than $1.

BACK STORY
The Rabbit Proof Fence was a pest exclusion fence built right along the Western Australian border between 1901 and 1907.

It was designed to keep rabbits and other agricultural pests from the eastern Australian states out of Western Australian pastoral areas.

Two other smaller fences were built inside the boundary and in total, the three fences spanned 3,253 km or 2,021 miles! There was also another one in Queensland.

Yes, there were a mighty lot of rabbits in this wide brown land. They were not native to Australia and came with settlers in the First Fleet in 1788.

They were bred for food but when they escaped, they bred like...rabbits! In plague proportions, they've had a devastating effect on Australia's ecology and are blamed for many extinctions.

Rabbit-Proof Fence is also the title of an award winning film based on the book Follow The Rabbit-Proof Fence written by Doris Pilkington Garimara, a lady I've had the great privilege to meet.

Three young indigenous Australian girls use the fence to guide them on a 2400km journey home to their community of Jigalong in the state's north after they were taken away from their family in a disatrous social welfare program that later saw mixed-race children like them dubbed the Stolen Generation.

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Rabbit Proof Fence Australian Rubber Art Stamp Destash

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  • Materials: wood, rubber, adhesive, mounting foam
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