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The Dog Fence

A Journey Across the Heart of Australia

By James Woodford

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Format: Paperback, 272 pages
Other Information: Illustrated
Published In: Australia, 01 June 2013
At 5400 kilometres, The Dog Fence is one of the longest man-made structures on Earth. It slices across Australia s desert heart, dividing the continent to keep dingoes away from livestock. Bestselling author James Woodford embarks on a journey to follow its length, travelling some of the loneliest and harshest country in the world. He begins on a clifftop overlooking the Great Australian Bight and ends in the foothills of Queensland s Bunya Mountains. An enthralling story about the hazards of travel, the lessons of history and resilience of the people on the land.

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First the facts: the dog fence starts near the Western Australia–South Australia border and runs 5600 kilometres across three states to end near the coast in southern Queensland, where an enterprising dingo can just walk around the end of the fence. It is the longest barrier ever built. The intention of the men who built the fence was to keep the dingoes on one side and to thereby protect the sheep on huge stations on the southern side. Without the fence, sheep stocks and farmers’ livelihoods would be devastated. Woodford begins at the South Australian end and follows the fence north, meeting the patrolmen who maintain the barrier and many of the graziers who rely on the fence for a living. It is a danger to wildlife, blocking the paths of emu, kangaroos and wild camels, all of which have died in their hundreds on the fence. In southern Queensland the fence was initially built to stop rabbits moving north; with the complete failure of this project, it became a barrier to stop dingoes moving south. Woodford tells the stories of the bush communities along the way and recounts the history of the fence in a warm, humorous manner that shows a deep respect for those who choose to live and work in such arduous country. A great addition to popular history and Australian travel and adventure. Chris Harrington is co-owner of Books in Print. C. 2003 Thorpe-Bowker and contributors

EAN: 9781920885267
ISBN: 1920885269
Publisher: Text Publishing Company
Dimensions: 19.7 x 12.9 x 1.8 centimetres (0.20 kg)
Age Range: 15+ years
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