Rabbit drive at Barwite on F. H. Friday’s property – July 25th 1916

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Rabbit drive at Barwite on Frank H. Friday’s property – July 25th, 1916. 400 acre property known as “McCutcheons” situated on the north side of the Broken River east of the Old Tolmie Road and south of the property then known as ‘Lochiel’. The local rabbit inspector organised a team of trappers and they camped at the site, spending 2-3 weeks digging out burrows. On the day of the drive, local farmers, shop keepers and farm employees travelled from Mansfield and surrounds to the site. The rabbit inspectors were Donald Cameron and Harold Willaton, and participants included members from many families, including the Fridays, McMillans, Comerfords, Kellehers, McKays and Camerons. The men drove the rabbits in one direction into erected netting, where they were then culled. Approximately 500 rabbits were culled that day, which were then sold to a travelling buyer the next day. It is believed that the rabbits were taken to a distribution point in Seymour.

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