The Victorian Mallee Fence: a forgotten and misunderstood relic of settling the Mallee region of Victoria

John Pickard*

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    The Victorian Mallee Fence was erected in 1885/86 along the line separating blocks and allotments in the Mallee region of north-western Victoria. The 205-mile-long barrier cost £13,790, and its function was to prevent rabbits moving south from blocks and dingoes moving north from allotments. Within five years the Fence was irrelevant as subdivision and settlement extended further into the Mallee. Subdivision overtook the Fence, so it was never tested as a barrier. Earlier errors and confusion about its history, name, function, route, length and cost are redressed in this article.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)30-56
    Number of pages27
    JournalVictorian Historical Journal
    Issue number1
    Publication statusPublished - Jun 2019

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