Rabbits and other Immigrants The Alan Parsons Story


Author: Julie Lenora Parsons

In the 1850s, the long arm of destiny stretched across the oceans and plucked young George Parsons and some rabbits from a village in England and brought them to a grazier's property in south eastern Australia. The boy, who was ill-treated, made good his escape as did the rabbits. Both went forth and multiplied. Both cleared the land, one at the bidding of the government, the other because it could. Both changed the ancient land forever. The story follows George Parson's son and his brood as they and the rabbits independently made their way from east to west Australia. Great-grandson, Alan Parsons, the central figure of this book, was born in the WA Wheatbelt on the eve of the Great Depression. By then the rabbits had become of source of food and cash for rural survival. So began Alan's life of uncharted opportunities in the Golden West.

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