January 15, 2004 by

Molly Craig Kelly

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Categories: Extraordinary People

Molly Craig Kelly, the Aboriginal heroine of the 2002 movie, “Rabbit Proof Fence,” died in her sleep on Jan. 13. She was believed to be 87 years old.
In 1931, the Australian government instituted a policy of removing Aboriginal children from their parents’ custody in order to train them as domestic servants. When Molly was 14, she and her younger sister and cousin were taken from their home in Jigalong, Western Australia, and transplanted to an internment camp on the Moore River, north of Perth. The three girls escaped and spent nine weeks walking home — a distance of more than 990 miles.
Nine years later, authorities transported Molly and her two daughters back to the Moore River Native Settlement. Molly managed to escape with 18-month-old Annabelle, but had to leave behind Doris, who was four.
The government removed Annabelle from Molly’s care in 1943. She never saw her mother again.
Doris, however, was reunited with Molly in the 1960s and chronicled her mother’s daring escape in the 1997 book, “Follow the Rabbit-Proof Fence.” The story was later adapted into a film starring Kenneth Branagh and Evelyn Sampi.
“Mum’s legacy is the calming influence and quiet dignity of the desert women, and the stolen generation’s story. She looked you straight in the eye,” Doris Pilkington Garimara said.
Watch the Trailer for “Rabbit Proof Fence”

125 Responses to Molly Craig Kelly

  1. Derek & Noilin Lynch

    We only saw “Rabbit Proof Fence” last Sun and as the parents of two young children,We were appalled at the behaviour of the Australin Government, but deeply moved by the bravery of Molly and the two Girls. It was even more ironic that when reading one of the Irish Sun Papers we read about the death of Molly.
    We pay tribute to Molly a heroine of our time.

  2. Bailey Family

    After learning about Molly Craig by watching “Rabbit-Proof Fence,” we now know the true meaning of the words “courage” and “love.” What an amazing woman she was! We are all fortunate that she graced this earth.

  3. VNW

    I was deeply moved when I saw Rabbit Proof Fence. And then I read about Molly’s life and finally more about Doris Pilkington Garamara, her daughter. I have been inspired beyond words with the stories of these women. Their courage and strength has opened my eyes, learning of their indigenous experiences, of the stolen generations. As a white woman, who has been abused and oppressed by many acts of violence in the past, I have been somewhat healed by the stories of these women. I identify with them. I ask for all indegenous women who have dealt with oppression and violence to please keep telling their stories, as they set all women free from violence.

  4. Finlay family

    all we can say is “what a woman” nobody would be able to walk that far carrying a child i’m sure. but what Molly did wes a test of will,love and endurance. i’ll say it again what a woman

  5. Anne Richard

    I was fortunate enough to have seen RPF only last week on the recommendation of a friend. I am still reeling from the emotional impact. Yes it is a testimony to courage, love and the bonds of family. It is also a universal story that applies to every indigenous people under colonialism and unfortunately it translates to the power struggle of white supremacy in their attempts to overcome or annihilate ill-equipped indigenous brown/black people globally for their ancestral lands and for personal subbordination. That is the sad reality that I grapple with. I was angry, saddened and powerless to deal with this realization that we are repeatedly reminded of by those willing to tell their stories as in RPF. These three children have exhibited characteristics of heroism, love, and survival skills that I cannot equate to any one person I have ever met in my lifetime. It lends new meaning to “having the faith of a child.” For those of us who are compassionate, we will cry and repeat to ourselves what kind of place is this world we live in? Maybe we have things backwards and humans are for the most part some sort of evil incarnate, with tiny glimpses of god-light, as expressed in RPF. But for those who need to understand this human story — those who have the power to effect change they will continue to be untouched in their arrogance and self righteousness. Molly Craig, Peace Be Upon You. May your burdens now, be light.

  6. Randy Frisco

    I was fortunate to see Rabbit Proof Fence last month.It was really touching to see a 14 year old aborigine girl & her cousin walked 990 miles back to Jigalong & their families from which they were taken 9 weeks before.Then doing it again with her 18 month old daughter.She is truly is an unsung heroine that more people should learn more about.

  7. Wanda T.

    This story proves that though there seems to be in every culture and every period of time those who, “think themselves superior”;The Almighty always has someone in whom He has instilled the true example of the triumphant human spirit!!!
    Wonderful movie, powerful story, awesome woman!!
    Halleluyah!

  8. Louise

    I WATCHED THE FENCE MOVIE TONIGHT AND WAS SO MOVED BY THE SPIRIT OF A YOUNG WOMAN WHO KNEW WHAT SHE WANTED AND FOCUSED ON NOTHING LESS TO GET WHAT SHE WANTED. WE DON’T FIND MANY PEOPLE TODAY WITH SUCH DETERMINATION AND SELF WILL AT ANY COST. I HAD HOPED I COULD WRITE HER AND TELL HER HOW MUCH I ADMIRE HER FOR THE SPECIAL WOMAN SHE IS. I FIND IT HARD TO ACCEPT THE FACT THAT HEARTLESS PEOPLE ALWAYS WANT TO RUIN THE LIVES OF INNOCENT HUMAN BEINGS AND BRING NOTHING BUT PAIN AND HORROR. HOPEFULLY THIS MOVIE WILL WAKE UP THE DEAD HEARTS OF THE WORLD. GOD BLESS THE MOLLY’S OF THE WORLD. AMEN

  9. Veronica

    I had the opportunity to see the movie during an english class which resulted in a write up of our own. I am still in awe over the courage and determination that Molly craig exuded. The trek was no doubt treacherous, but she has shown that she would walk through anything to protect her family. She must have also been so hurt by her daughter Annabelle’s reluctance to meet her and that is terribly sad. The system the Australian government had set up would undoubtedly have dire effects, but they were the ones who revelled in ignorance, not the Aborigines they stole from their families. I hope that Molly Craig’s memory lives on, and thanks to the movie, Rabbit Proof Fence, it shall. Rest in Peace Molly.

  10. Xavier

    Rabbit-proof myths
    By: Andrew Bolt
    The truth of Australia’s past is hard enough to face, and untruths and exaggerations now will only divide us
    Phillip Noyce claims his new film, Rabbit-Proof Fence, is a true story.
    The Hollywood director’s publicity blurb repeats the boast: “A true story.”
    Even the first spoken words in the hyped film, which opens next week, are: “This is a true story.”
    Wrong. Crucial parts of this “true story” about a “stolen generations” child called Molly Craig are false or misleading. And shamefully so.
    No wonder that when Craig saw Rabbit-Proof Fence at a special screening in her bush settlement last month, she seem surprised.
    “That’s not my story,” she said as the credits rolled.
    No, it isn’t. Instead, it is Craig’s story told in a way that would help “prove” the “stolen generations” are no myth — that thousands of Aboriginal children were indeed torn from the arms of loving parents by racist police.
    In saying this, I mean no disrespect to Craig.
    She has had a film (supported by $5.3 million of taxpayers’ money) made of an episode of her life in which she showed extraordinary courage, endurance and willpower — but it’s a film which can’t be trusted to tell the whole truth. Who could value its praise?
    It was 1931 and Molly Craig was just 14, when she and two of her younger cousins — Daisy, 8, and Gracie, 11 — were taken from an Aboriginal camp at Jigalong, in Western Australia’s north, and sent to the Moore River Native Settlement, 2000km south.
    There these girls were to live with other “half-castes” and to go to school, learning skills to help them to adapt to non-Aboriginal society.
    But the girls fled after one night, and in an amazing nine-week epic walked home to Jigalong — all but Gracie, that is, who was found by police at Wiluna.
    Craig’s feat made the papers but was not written up in full until 1996, when her daughter, Doris Pilkington, who was herself raised at Moore River, wrote the book on which Noyce has based his film.
    BUT Noyce and his scriptwriter didn’t stick to the facts Pilkington uncovered. Instead, the story was rewritten and now supports a monstrous falsehood — that we have a genocidal past that is, as Noyce’s publicity material declares, “more cruel than could ever be imagined”.
    Let me show you how they did it — how they told untruths or only half the truth in their “true story”.
    THE FILM opens at Jigalong in 1931, and shows a neat bush camp. Molly Craig is happy and healthy. Her mother is well-groomed. All is well.
    THE FACT is many of these bush camps were squalid.
    When Doris Pilkington first returned to Jigalong 30 years later, it was still appalling.
    “No one prepared me for the conditions that people lived under,” she told ABC radio in 1999.
    “It was shocking. I hadn’t seen so many dogs in my life. It was just tin humpies and people just slept anywhere.”
    THE FILM shows Molly playing with other children at Jigalong. Everyone is smiling and seems happy.
    THE FACT is Molly was the first “half-caste” of her tribe, and the full-bloods treated her with scorn.
    Pilkington says her mother often had to play alone because full-blood children told her she was neither Aboriginal nor white, and was “like a mongrel dog”. She had no father to protect her.
    THE FILM suggests Molly and her cousins were removed from Jigalong only because the state’s Chief Protector of Aborigines, A.O. Neville, was a genocidal racist who wanted to “breed out the Aborigine”.
    It shows Neville outlining his plan to take half-caste children from their families and stop them breeding with full-bloods. We then see him ordering that Molly and her cousins be removed because the youngest girl is “promised to a full-blood”.
    THE FACT is the girls were taken after Neville learned they were in danger.
    In 1930, he had received a letter from the superintendent of Jigalong complaining that Molly and Gracie “were not getting a fair chance as the blacks consider the H/Cs (half castes) inferior to them”. He asked that they be removed.
    Others were also worried, given how vulnerable half-caste girls then were to sexual exploitation, particularly by whites.
    In December, 1930, a Mrs Chellow from Murra Munda station wrote to Neville about the girls, warning: “I think you should see about them, as they are running wild with the whites.”
    This fits with what Neville told the 1936 Moseley Royal Commission into the treatment of Aborigines: “The children who have been removed as wards of the Chief Protector have been removed because I desired to be satisfied that the conditions surrounding their upbringing were satisfactory, which they certainly were not . . .”
    Even today we rescue Aboriginal children from abuse and neglect — and in tragically high numbers.
    THE FILM shows a policeman chasing the girls in his car and ripping them from Molly’s screaming mother.
    According to Noyce, this scene “tells the whole story” of his film.
    THE FACT, writes Pilkington, is that the officer rode up on horseback to tell Molly’s stepfather he’d take the girls, and “the old man nodded”. The officer put Molly and Gracie on a horse, gave them the reins and asked them to follow him.
    The next day he picked up Daisy and two sick women at another camp. There was no chase, no struggle.
    THE FILM then shows the girls on a train, locked in an iron-barred box for dogs. They travel the last leg to Moore River tossed in the open tray of a truck.
    THE FACT is the girls were not locked in any box, and travelled most of the way south by ship, which Pilkington said they felt was as a “most pleasant experience”. They saw porpoises, chatted to the crew and walked the decks before going to bed in a cabin.
    They rode the last bit not in a truck, but in a car driven by a matron who stopped for sandwiches and lemonade.
    THE FILM shows the girls arriving at Moore River, where they wear prison-style sacks and are woken in the morning by a guard who screams and belts the walls of their room with a club.
    THE FACT is photos of children at Moore River show them dressed in European clothes. Pilkington writes that when her mother ran away, she was dressed in “two dresses, two pairs of calico bloomers and a coat”.
    She also says the girls were woken individually and welcomed by one of the female staff.
    THE FILM shows children at Moore River singing Way Down Upon the Swanee River for visitors. This shows they’re so robbed of their black culture that they sing fake Negro songs instead.
    THE FACT is Molly saw no such concert. And Susan Maushart’s book Sort of a Place Like Home: Remembering the Moore River Native Settlement says this: “Journalists investigating conditions at Moore River were invariably impressed by the colourful experience of a staged corroboree.”
    THE FILM shows babies left to cry in a room of cots. They, too, seem “stolen”.
    THE FACT is most Moore River children — 1003 of the 1067 who went there between 1933 and 1936, according to the Moseley commission — were not “stolen” but sent there by their parents to get a schooling or to be safe.
    Many had parents living in the camp next door.
    SUCH distortions of the truth, and for what? There are enough cruelties in our past we must confront — the theft of black lands, the half-caste children abandoned by white fathers, and the years of neglect of a people whose culture and communities are now shattered.
    There is so much to make good — which is why the lies of the “stolen generations” activists are unforgivable.
    The Aboriginal leaders who falsely claim they were “stolen”, the writers who exaggerate the number of children removed, the silly compensation cases that collapse and the slick claims of genocide all risk making every claim of black suffering seem a cynical try-on.
    The truth of our past is hard enough to face. Untruths and exaggerations now will only divide us.
    Your film shames not us, Phillip Noyce, but you.
    bolta@heraldsun.com.au

  11. Patricia

    I first saw Rabbit-Proof Fence in late June and have since watched it twice more. It really touched me because the problems and discriminations that the Aborigines faced were very similar to those faced by the Native Americans and the Africans. I don’t know how much of the movie is fabricated but I do plan to read the book my upcoming freshman year. There are a lot of stories that need to be told and I think that Rabbit-Proof Fence is one of them. I will definitely recommend it.

  12. incredulous

    In his most unfortunate post above, Mr Bolt attempts to defend the indefensible by denying the atrocity of the stolen generations. Clearly he would rather the world didn’t know about what happened. Not satisfied with the incredible persecution that was inflicted upon Molly Craig and her family during her monumentally inspirational life, Mr Bolt wishes to take a final shot at this tragic moment of her passing by compiling trivial ‘myths’ about a great film. Mr Bolt suggests that places like the Moore river Native settlement were actually havens that saved multi-racial children from their neglectful black communities and caregivers. If these institutions were such paradises, and the multi-racial children’s homes so unloving and soul-destroyingly cruel, then why would 3 pubescent girls want to walk back across 2000 km of desert *in the first place*!!??
    The supposed ‘myths’ that Bolt brings up either incredibly petty or completely besides the point. Of course few things about Molly’s escape would have been changed for dramatisation, it is a MOVIE after all, not a court deposition. But the changes are menial and dont *at all* impact on the central issues of this movie. So the girls went off quietly, that doesn’t mean they went happily and that doesn’t in any way nullify the pain of separation from their mother and family and the prospect of never ever seeing them again. So the girls’ stepfather didnt fight the police off. But would Bolt himself “want a piece” of an armed white policeman discharging an official duty if he were an old black man? In a desolate outback settlement in the 1930’s, he’d probably be shot, simple as that. So the girls liked seeing the porpoises on their way to Moore river. Well, following that logic, I suppose Bolt would recommend a visit to SeaWorld to all those who have lost a loved one forever. “Nothing quite like watching flipper do tricks to erase your soul-shattering loss”, he’d probably say. So the camps they lived in were possibly squalid. Does that justify the eternal break up of family with kids at tender ages? If the aim was to “save them all” from the ‘squalor’, why not take fully black and multi racial kids in equal numbers, if race wasnt an issue?
    There is an ironic symmetry between Mr Bolt and the Chief protector of the aborigines Mr Neville: Both claim to have native people’s interests at heart (Bolt’s mumblings about a past that Oz “can hardly face” and “must make good”, Neville’s wish to breed the black out of multiracial people), but their way of ‘helping’ the situation has the opposite effect and ends up being just cruel and damaging. Where Neville destroyed the lives of multi-racial children and their families, Bolt wants to attack this fantastic movie which is one of the very rare public tellings of the atrocity of the stolen generation. With “friends’ like that helping, who needs enemies?
    Bolt cannot take away from this portrayal of the incredible strength, courage and love in the face of a crime against humanity that was perpetrated by the Australian government. His callousness towards the plight of the native people is a scary indicator of a racist element that is a disservice to all of australian society. To think a man like him works for a newspaper that shapes public opinion… Ignore his deplorable attempts at appearing concerned and compassionate when he laments “[absent] white fathers” and “theft of lands” etc, those token words only serve to hide his racist character. Him trying to squash this amazing story reveals his true hateful intentions. But just as that brave 14 year old girl defeated the government then, her memory and legacy of courage and love will defeat this hatred today.
    Molly was a trully inspirational human being. May she rest in peace.

  13. Michael Steffen

    The first time I had watched the rabbit proof fence. I didn’t see all of it. The true movie has really touched me. I cried pratically all the way through it. I really like molly cause she is the helper and i really hate that the one kid got caught and died in that wretched camp.

  14. Bill Godfrey

    After watching Rabbit Proof Fence, I have this to say. To lose a child to death offers closure, (I know, I have been there) but to loose a child and know they still live and never see them again must be hell on earth. To the memory of Molly and her lost child I offer my prayer for a reunion. As for her ordeal as a child, I can think of no crime more heinous than to try to breed out a culture or race

  15. Eddie Newbold

    NEVER BEFORE HAS A FILM AFFECTED OR MOVED ME IN THIS WAY, ACTUALLY NO,IT’S NOT THE FILM IT’S MOLLY. YOUR COURAGE IS AN INSPIRATION.I FIND MYSELF SEARCHING FOR MORE INFORMATION ON YOUR LIFE ONLY TO FIND YOU HAVE PASSED AWAY. GOD BLESS YOU, GRACIE AND DAISY.

  16. Monica Herrero

    I just saw the movi. Today is october 19th, 2004.
    I am still in emotional impact. I am so sorry for all that molley went through to go back home. I am even more sorry that she is dead….What a courage….I never thought australian governmeny could do something like this…Now, I see Australia through another vision….

  17. casey

    I THANKYOU FOR THE INSPIRATION ADVICE THAT U HAVE GIVIN ME BEING AN ABORIGINAL MYSELF AND I TOO WAS TAKIN AWAY FROM MY FAMIL AND I TRIED TO ESCAPE BUT GOT CAUGHT THIS MOVIE IS AN INSPIRATION I LOVE U MOLLY “WILL U MARRY ME”

  18. Anonymous

    Rest in peace dear Molly, I saw the film again today and I just love this film. We were learning about the Stolen Generation in Drama, and this topic hit me so much.
    Gracie and Daisy also you were brave and you did so well trying to get back home, always in my heart..x x x
    Eve

  19. daniel

    im 17 and watched rabbit proof fence the other day for the first time because im doing a project on it.
    i have to admit i am a bit confused about the whole thing there are just too many opinions out there to be heard i just dont no who to believe it would be good to find out the real story if rabbit proof fence is a lie. so if any one can help email me please
    and for molly wow what a young little lady i wish there were more people like her in this cruel world. and i send my regards to molly’s family and to the people who helped her on her journy. i no molly lives on in side all of us and let her be respected and live in peace
    daniel

  20. Linwood

    I have just seen “Rabbit Proof Fence” and then came to the internet only to find that the heroine, Molly, had passed away earlier this year. Just a comment: I realize that many involved with the “rescue” of native people believe that they are doing the right thing but this doesn’t make it so. I’m reminded that a fellow by the name of Newt Gingrich suggested the removal of inner city children here in America from their homes for their “protection”. Perhaps they could have been “trained” to scrub floors. God bless Molly’s memory.

  21. tina

    i saw the RPF last night and was touched deeply by the courage and fighting spirit of Molly..she is really a heroin and such a courageous woman…no one at her could do that nowadays im sure…HAIL TO U MOLLY!!!

  22. Liliana

    Independientemente de lo bello que pueda ser un lugar (como Mr. Bolt asegura que fue Moor river)y lo nefasto que fue su lugar de origen, lo importante de esta historia es Molly misma, su determinacion de continuar con su familia es mucho mas loable siendo que no eran las mejores condiciones las que se vivian en su aldea.
    Fue una lider, esto no lo podemos negar.
    Descanse en paz.

  23. Terri

    Peace and rest be to Molly Craig no matter what the good intentions to better the life they led I would gladly trade food and education for a family who loved me and that I loved even if it meant living in squallor and poverty as that is a matter of our perception not how they would describe growing up with freedom I am sure.Her courage and unselfish love should never be forgotten.

  24. Steve

    Only just watched the film on Sky this afternoon. I’d never previously read or heard of the ‘Stolen Generation’ nor the circumstances etc involved. I’m so pleased that this film was made and that related discussions and hopefully positive actions will now continue.
    Wouldn’t it be amazing to simply to stand in the presence of such women!
    I’m not sure of the point if my ‘posting/comments’ here… I simply felt the need to in some way say thank you to Doris Pilkington for ensuring her mothers and ‘peoples’ story is kept alive.
    If any one would be prepared to let me know what became of ‘girl’ initially sent back to the camp, I’d be most grateful
    God Bless
    Steve

  25. Bruce

    We just hired Rabbit Proof Fence on DVD, and this story just hits me fair in the guts every time I watch it. You see, I am a full-blooded New Zealander, married to a full-blooded Filipina. Technically, our children are half-caste too…

  26. grant hendrickson

    thanks for your inspiring courage and life. It really made my wife and I and our 3 daughters ponder such heroism. Since I am native american(ojibway) it does have special meaning to us all!

  27. Victor Wright

    I would suggest all persons posting on this topic take the time to read ‘Follow The Rabbit Proof Fence’ by Doris Pilkington, daughter of Molly Craig. Doris studied Journalism at Curtin University WA. Her account of events is very different to those depicted in this film. Philip Noyce sought sensationalism and propaganda. He, himself retrieved the young female lead, Everlyn Sampi when she ran away from making his movie and he also sent her off to a boarding school in Perth after the film was made. Sound familiar??
    What is not mentioned today is that indigenious children are being placed into substantiated protective custody under Welfare legislation on a National average of 5.9/1 per 1,000. If past behavious is a future predictor perhaps you can all understand that these were neglected,rejected ‘at risk, children who were entitled to an education. Those who don’t see them as white children are judging them on the colour of their skin. What a pity factual history is getting distorted

  28. Shelly Litchfield

    Molly is tribute to the strength of family and home. Human beings need those two things to be whole. An education is valuable – but it should never come at the sacrifice of family.

  29. Pat

    Message for Monica: (a little late, perhaps) Information about Gracie: Gracie was captured at Wiluna and taken back to the Moore River native Settlement, where she was called “Jigalong” and finally “Long.” She was there when Molly was sent back her two daughters, Doris and Annabelle. When Molly left with Annabelle, Gracie looked after Doris, at one point interceding on a severe beating by one of the head nurses. After completing her education she was sent out as domestic help at farms,institutions and fence stations. At one of them she met a station hand, Harry Cross and they married. They had 6 children. She later was divorced. She died never having returned to Jigalong. You can find this information by reading “Under the Wintemarra Tree,” the life story of Molly’s daughter – Doris. She was taken away from Molly and spent the first two decades in institutions, also.
    I discovered this website in looking for an update on Molly and Daisy, for a paper I am writing. I also saw the wonderful movie about courage wrapped in the small package of three children a couple of years ago and appreciated the exposition of the larger story of the Stolen Generations. I also read Molly’s (Doris/Nugi Pilkington/Garamara) daughter’s books – “Follow the Rabbit -Proof Fence” and “Under the Wintemarra Tree.” The small details changed in the movie in no way lessened or magnified their lives or the story of their incredible walk. The spirit of the movie is what transcended all of this and pointed out the larger issue of Human Rights. People who look for little and negative inconsistencies, are missing the point and are just little people themselves. (“Message to Victor”)

  30. Erfandy

    Today is 13 May 2005. I just watched the movie yesterday. Not many movies made me cried and RPF sure did…. One of the best movie I have seen..

  31. tegan

    this movie is very sad i have watched it alot of times and everytime i watch it, it moves me… isa so said to see the goverment doing that to aboriginal families and then having them loose there familes and having to grow up with no parents… i just want to say that the courage of molly was extrodanry and i want to congratulateher on that
    she is a real australian

  32. Luisa Venegoni

    I just saw RPF on the last day of school for a treat. it was an amazing movie exept we never saw the end of it. . . but i rented it at home again and saw the end i’m confused about the “true story” part i mean, how can you remember all of what happend in nine weeks? i wish the movie had more about Gracie i mean what about Gracie’s mother? and why is Daisy “Promised to a full blood” other than that it was an amazing movie i loved it. . . i mean I LOVED IT oh and i thought Daisy was six or something she doesent look eight i hope to get the book FOLLOW THE RABIT PROOF FENCE. it really was a great and complacated movie

  33. Katie

    I had to do a 1000 word essay on RPF as part of our school work i was shocked to see what happened to them as i am Molly’s age (when she was taken 1st time round -14) It is complicated but amazing to see i was sad to read that Molly Craig died in her sleep on Jan 13th 2004, never been reunited with her daughter since they took her away.

  34. sreedhar

    Molly u are a true hero and a legend. What you have done is inspiration to any soul who is depressed, lost, less confident etc etc

  35. Kiri Vaccaro

    It amazes me that one person can touch so many lives. Wether or not the movie is true to reality it teaches all of us a lesson in humility. We could all benenfit by having something of meaning in our lives that exceeds the realm that most of us choose to live in. No other person has shown me the signifigance of love of family as Molly exhibited. She left Moore River because her place was with her family. We as a generation seem to want to distance ourselves from those who know us and despite the squalor and multitude of dogs she wanted her Mum. Her Mum was not something that she decided was she was proud of she simply loved her and wanted to be with her. What a lesson! I believe the lesson to be learned is that we should all cherish the life we have been given and relish what it could offer us. Not everyone will live in a mansion but if you don’t appreciate the fact that you have a roof over your head and someone who loves you then you will remain lost forever. Rich and educated are both subjective terms.

  36. FRANCISCO

    La Historia de Molly es un homenaje a todos los aborigenes perseguidos por la ignorante cultura occidental de autoproclamarse superiores y due

  37. Katie

    I am a 15yr old girl, and i am studing Rabbit Proof Fence @ school and i find it awfully sad to find out that Molly is now dead. She was a great and wonderful person, she was brave and a very clever girl running away from the Moore River Settlement with her sister Daisy, 8 and cousin Daisy, 11. I admire all the girls for the courage and bravery.
    Feel free to email me at harrika@stmargarets.vic.edu
    R.I.P Molly Craig Kelly

  38. Jordan

    Truly inspirational story. May you rest in peace, Molly Craig.
    And to any of you who knock this movie because of changes for dramatic effect, read this from Doris herself:
    “I was so arrogant to believe that the film-makers would follow my book very very closely, as for the script, I was like ‘Is this my story?’, but its a matter of knowing and seeing the point of view of the film-makers. I was coming from a writer’s perspective so I had to shift a little too to realise how the book makes a good film, makes a good story. Also, I was script consultant so I was there to see that no indigenous culture was breached and see that they respected the Aboriginal people’s express wishes. When I asked my mother for permission to write the book she said, ‘Yes, you can write the book, tell the story but don’t talk about forbidden subjects’.”
    I value her opinion, not you critics. Besides, nobody else seems to have even attempted making a major motion picture out of this incredible story. At least the story was told. If people then want to get the whole picture, they should pick up a copy of Doris’ book and READ IT. I intend to.

  39. MeMe

    I think Mr.Andrew Bolt is a cold blooded fool, this movie passes a wave of emotion and the sence that anything is possible I’m twelve and I thought it was probbably the best movie I have ever seen. This movie was so moving I cried at the end because molly craig really did exist and she defied all odds and her chidren were taken away but she still prevaild and died as mutch as I can guess happily. It is possible!!!

  40. MeMe

    I LOVE YOU MOLLY!!!! YOU ARE THE BEST!!!
    .MAY YOUR STORY FOREVER LIVE ON.
    DAISY KADIBILL
    GRACIE FIELDS
    WE LOVE YOU TO!!!
    RPF I HOPE FOREVER LIVES ON!!!
    DAISY KADIBILL
    MOLLY CRAIG
    GRACIE FIELDS
    MAY YOU HAVE THE PEACE AND HAPPIENESS
    ALL PEOPLE ON EARTH LOOK FOR CONINUOUSLY
    !WE ALL KNOW YOUR IN A BETTER PLACE NOW!

  41. Lacey

    Iam a 16 year old girl and I saw Rabbit Proof Fence a few months ago. All i have to say is Iam appalled and disgusted at the Australian government and the way white people acted abck then, no one has the right to remove a child from there family. the only other thing i have to say is molly is the most courageous, strong and most amazing person i have heard of and iam so sad to hear of her death. the story of the rabbit proof fence will stay with me forever and as i have sisters and cousins, i cant imagine what she went through but she has inspired me to be a better person.

  42. i walked it

    why are people saying she did a great thing i did the rabbit proof fence walk and i was full of energy and i wasnt tired at the end of it either so people get your heads together and pull yourselves together and you walked it you wont be inspired anymore
    you may be inspired to do the walk but not be inspired by the walk she did i did it to do you think im famous NO

  43. I walked it imposter

    omg “i walked it” how could you ever say something like that, these are kids who left from being terrorised and they were only kids you would so think of it different. I also did the walk and it made me tired as anything and thought how the hell could they have done it i mean you are just makihng up stories just to make yourself feel good and be different, I am speaking from the heart and just want to say, Molly Craig if you are reading this from heaven and have read what that girl said its not true and even you know that its not true thats good coz that waas just bullshit if yopu are a kid and you did the walk you would be dead coz even adults were tired don’t please ever be something that your not ok do the walk be inspired that someone did this becauseyou “THEY LOVED THEIR FAMILY” how could you

  44. Luke

    Molly Craig Kelly was truly a remarkable person. Her story is one of courage and endurance which has touched and inspired the lives of many.
    However, the story portrayed in Rabbit-Proof Fence is false and misleading and the writer, Christine Olsen, and director, Philip Noyce, should really be ashamed of themselves for tarnishing the names and lives of people who did not deserve to be tarnished.
    Molly et al were not “stolen”. According to Molly’s daughter’s book, Molly’s stepfather gave his consent to them being taken to Moore River.
    This happened after the girls, who were “half-castes” were deemed to be at risk of abuse from the “full bloods”, along with other threats to their safety.***
    The movie makes many other glaring deviations from the book in an blatant effort to invoke a more emotional response from the viewer. Shamefully, the truth gets sacrificed for the sake of a good story and, perhaps, more money.
    However, for those of you who don’t care about what the critics have to say but would rather what Molly Craig Kelly has to say (eg Jordan who posted on 17 August 2005), I offer you this quote from Molly herself after the premiere of Rabbit-Proof Fence: “That’s not my story”.
    Feel free to email me but please keep it civil.
    *** This happens today, although perhaps not often enough. Mick Gooda, head of the Co-operative Research Centre for Aboriginal Health, says that sensitivities about the “stolen generation” have led to children being left in dangerous circumstances.
    “Dare I say it, but let’s use the R word — removal,” he said. “I believe we have become too sensitive about this word. Visions of the stolen generation will come to mind . . . But there comes a time when someone has to say enough is enough.”
    Sadly, a boy in Western Australia has already died from such a cicrumstance. The coroner found he had been malnourished and suffered from pneunomia.
    The boy had already been admitted to hospital three times for pneumonia, and had scabies, anaemia, impetigo and headlice. His mother wouldn’t take help or give him his medicine.
    A doctor told the inquest she had begged the case worker to at least remove the boy’s even sicker twin sister, but had been told she didn’t understand Aboriginal ways of child-rearing.
    Said the coroner, so politely: “Experience has shown that in the long term taking Aboriginal children from their communities is not an effective solution socially, although in this case it may have been medically advisable. We have a dead child . . .”

  45. Brittney

    Im only 13and i watched the video “Rabbit Proof Fence” in one of my classes in school. I am also writing an essay about Molly. She was such an influence on me and my classmates.

  46. Keet

    I’m really saddened by some of the negative comments on some of these posts.
    I want to point out that I am a white british person before i start talking about my opinions.
    to the person who said “i walked it”
    A) i’m not at all sure i believe you.
    B) Were you being tracked by someone at the time, and fearing for your life and those of your companions?
    C) How old are you?
    D) That was the 1930s, this is the 2000s
    E) Did you carry anybody on your back?
    F) did you have a lack of food and drink?
    G) you are an incredibly arrogant and unfeeling person.
    To luke (Oct 12, 2005),
    some of your points were interesting, however, you totally ignore the fact that white people should never have been in australia in the first place, and certainly shouldn’t have been the “rulers” of that country.
    Yes aboriginies have a hard life, and die from things, but who are we to say they should be protected from that. Their lives are harder now, because of westerner’s presence and domination in THEIR country. They are probably malnourished because white australians have taken their land (they don’t even see it as their land, just “the land”), and all the best resources.
    The diseases that child had could well have originally been brought there by westerners.
    Aboriginies are INCREDIBLE people. They understand the land, wildlife and in fact themselves in a way us westerners will never understand.
    And rather than feeling sorry for them, we should feel in awe of them, i certainly do.

  47. Keet

    Now to actually comment on the movie!
    It certainly was interesting (although not surprising) to hear that elements of the movie were dramatised, however it does not really change much about how i feel about the story.
    So what if their stepfather agreed to their removal. That policy was wrong, and so are all the other paternalistic policies we have followed in countrys we have basically invaded and taken over.
    They were incredibly brave girls just to try for it, and the fact that they actually achieved this remarkable feat makes me totally in awe of them.
    Doris pilkington was not entirely happy with how the story was told, but then whoever said read the book then was absolutely right.
    the key facts are; 3 little girls who had been wronged did something truly amazing, and their understanding of the land, incredible stamina, and will was what did that for them.
    amazing story, truly amazing.

  48. Ketelin

    .. My heart is touched by that story..i watched it an half hour ago.. it became my favourite.
    Just i am wordless.. im 19 years old girl.. from Estonia..
    i did not know about that before.. about history of Australien Aboriginal. And it brought alot of tears to my eyes –from my heart.. eyes only express how heart feels.
    And it made me confused, like wanted to hate that cruel world, but at same time .. as Jesus said upon the Cross :” Father, forgive them, they dont know what they do”
    And i wish to Molly

  49. roberto lee

    I only can express my admiration to molly craig . Molly Craig will be in my heart for ever. She is an inspiration .Lets this horror never happen again.

  50. JOSE GOMEZ

    No conocia lo que le sucedio a Molly Craig, pero ahora que he visto y sabido su historia me comnmovio. y desde Venezuela, les envio mis mas sentido pesame. Se que Dios la recompensara por su lucha y valentia contra la opresion.
    Dios les bendiga.
    Atte.
    JOSE ANGEL GOMEZ.
    VENEZUELA

  51. Luke

    To Keet,
    The reason I totally ignored the fact that this land belonged to Aboriginals first and taken from them (which I don’t disagree with) is because it has nothing to do with the subject under discussion. I thought we were talking about the ‘stolen generation’?
    I’m not sure what you mean when you say: “Yes aboriginies have a hard life, and die from things, but who are we to say they should be protected from that.” Protected from what? Dying? Are you serious? Are you suggesting that the Australian government and the authorities should abandon people who are malnourished and abused on the basis of whether or not they are Aboriginal? That seems rather absurd. As I pointed out in my earlier post, an Aboriginal child died due to inaction on behelf of the authorities. This is not a good solution.

  52. Keet

    To Luke:
    my point about the land being theirs first, is if it had remained their land, i.e when we arrived they maintained ownership or ruling of, however you want to put it, then the issue of Molly Craig would never have happened, because she wouldn’t have been taken from her family, and niether would the stolen generation, because they would still have the freedom to roam the land and hunt and live, and would have lived a comfortable life, as they had before.
    Preferably they never would have had to deal with foreign invaders and could have been left in peace.
    So the issue of the austrlain government protecting them wouldn’t exist, they should be the australian government.

  53. Gilberto Tattwanasi

    There is so much to cry about, whether the movie is not perfectly attached to the fact, is for me not relevant, for the emotion that this movie allows to flourish inside of us, is our Human cry for freedom, freedom from the whites, the Nazis, the Colonialists, freedom from our own minds, that do not matter, is Freedom. THe movie has made me different, and that is what i appreciate, let us have that Molly that Gracie and that Daysi inside of us for our pursue for freedom has its own deserts, its own Moodoos and its own singularity. Thank you once again, all of you i mean all…with everything all means .
    Namaste

  54. Molly Craig is my inspiration

    evryone I just want to say how beautiful and wonderful your words came out you spoke from the heart and it meant so… much I think that whoever doesn’t belive this happened it did this might sound crazy but my mums mums mums mum daughter was Molly craig it was so amzing I couldn’t belive it I’am realted to Molly Craig how crazy I was like even more inspired and I just feel as if she is in this room with me now standing next to me smiling I feel as if she is alive and I just want people to know that she did such a an amzing thing and this so called person “Iwalked it” what crap seriously she was not planning to be taking away nor was she ready to walk home rabbit proof fence isn’t just about her walking it it was about meeting such mean horrible people did you see people like that? are you aborginie? ahh let me think NO people are so mean but the other things people said were so nice I just want to give you guys a big hug ~hug~ lol my friends didn’t belive me when I told them I was related to her and when they asked my mum they were like o my god and we watched the movie and I don’t think I will be this much inspired by anything cause this is such a big thing that my great great great sumfing is related to me everybody wants to hang around me and I say it wasn’t me who did anything it was my inspiration my idol my everything Molly Craig and they all said yes but you are related to someone really famous and I said she’s not famous well she is but she jsut wanted to see her mother again which made me so happy for her when she saw her I wanted ot meet her mum but or her anything but all I need to know is she’s watching over me!!!
    p.s thank you to everybody who got really inspired and wanted to share their feelings I just want you all to know Molly Craig is watching and waiting for us to do a great deed like she did
    thanks

  55. Luke

    To Keet,
    If settlers didn’t come to Australia then there wouldn’t be an “Australia”. A country that I proudly and lovingly call my home, as did my ancestors. You and I and those we love and cherish wouldn’t be here. You and I and those we love and cherish probably wouldn’t even exist.
    I don’t think that is really what you would want, is it?
    We should be more proud of our heritage.

  56. Keet

    To Luke:
    I am British not Australian, so my view point on it can not be the same as yours.
    I am from the country that did all the invading and colonising amongst others, and I am not proud of it, I hate it.
    You have every right to love your country and feel proud of it, but it should belong to the Aboriganies. I’m realistic about how the world works, more so cynical, but that doesn’t mean I have to morally accept what happened there, and that was why I made my original point.

  57. Molly Craig is my inspiration

    Well I don’t have anything no information only a family tree which I sort of can’t send you unless I know you address but I think it’s great you all want to know about my great great great great grandmother (i think)
    but thank you so so very much you guys mean alot to her right now mwa

  58. Luke

    To Keet,
    Your point – and I’m not saying it’s not a valid one – is a red herring. We can argue the “ifs” and “buts” to no end, but where does that get us? Example. If Adam and Eve didn’t take the apple from the tree then in the 18th Century there may not have been as many convicts thereby removing the necessity for them to be shipped to what was to be called Australia, inhabited by Aboriginals.
    Yet your identification of this apparent problem lacks a pertinent quality – a (suggested) solution.
    What is your solution?

  59. some random

    To Keet
    Now I respect your point of view and opinion, ok so you said it should be taken care of by aboriginies? Ok well lets say if the aborigines took ova the world well you know what us aussies would be doing? We would be getting high off petrol seriously.(pretty stupid but sadly it’s true). I don’t know why you say that but just because aborigines were in australia first doesn’t mean they get to be the rulers and you would think differently if you were an aussie.
    p.s wb

  60. some random

    Also keet I didn’t mean take over the world I ment take over australia.
    Now also you are from england (i think so) and I’m from Australia and us Aussies think sooo different. And Luke get your head out of your ass Keets having an opinion and you’re throwing it in his face how dare you? You for one are not having an opinion you are just figting what is not true and totally off the subject which is not the base of its appeal and solution? huh? now you’re just using words which are totally over reaching mainly because it’s got something to do with a lifes ajust? maybe I don’t know but we should be talking about Molly Craig not “who should have taken over australia or Keet you suck donkey ass or Luke you just plainly suck(which you do)” stay on the subject please.
    p.s wb

  61. DuNnO

    I belive that the movie does have a message but what? I do belive there may be a different story to this that we just don’t know, I also belive if Aborigines and Aussies think we an actually work together then yes this place WOULD be a better place. I am so sorry for what us Aussies did but then again that WAS then and this is NOW. We have to get over it and make peace please I am sick of us fighting.

  62. Kerri-Anne Wilson

    hi my name is Kerri-Anne Wilson i am too a half caste and do know molly she used to hold me in her arms as a little girl when i was younger people was fighting for my life cause my mum couldnt look after me from issues the govermemt said i would stay with aborignal people cause my culture was more important then my health so the said i had to stay with aboriganal and almost lost my life there but my mum was friends with a white person and she loves me very much and molly said it was nothing like that she went throuh when she was younger i was better staying off with that lady and so i did and now im 15 turning 16 and learning more about my family history and getting lots out of life i think molly is my great auntie im not sure but i read ur book book UNDER WINTAMARRA TREE i loved it, it was graet hope to catch up

  63. Disgusted 12 year old

    I watch the film rabbit proof fence in School last year and i was disgusted on what people could think is right. Being half caste does NOT mean you are at all different! I think it was a very good idea to make this film so people can see the truth on what really happened!

  64. Katie bunn

    I can’t believe what one person has tributed!!!! He said that he has walked the rabbit proof frence and it wasnt that great! You were not away from your mother at the time and you werent scared that someone was going to catch you and torture you and you werent bare foot or hungry or too hot. You didn’t have to look after two children that were younger than you!! You have to make sure that they were safe and fed! You didn’t lose one of your children knowing that they were going to the same place that you went to as a young girl!! Think about what your saying next time!

  65. Suzanne Flesser

    Hi I am part Aboriginal and my great great grandmother was a part of the stolen generation and I was really emotionally watching this movie knowing that is what my great great grandmother went through being separated as a child and being given to a white family. How can human beings be so unhumane? Molly had the courage to not let the white people rip her from her family I will always remember her and those that fought for our freedom to live on our land and not be afraid of the white people ever.

  66. Emily

    hi i am at school and i am doing an assignment on molly and cant find mutch info can you help me?
    i have seen rabbit proof fence but did more go on that was untold?
    i would love to know more about molly’s life if you could help me that would be great!!!

  67. Celina

    i htink it is a very distressing and sad story. I can’t believe it is true. It is so sad. 🙁 I nearly cried when i first heard their story.

  68. alexa daivs

    At my school for English we are learning all the about the stolen generation. Part of this was watching Rabit Proof Fence. This movie touched my heart. Molly you are the bravest person that I have ever learnt about. Rest in Peace Molly.

  69. chaz

    i watched this film at school
    it was really emeotional and heartbreaking
    it opened my eyes, to wat really hadto half casts . i was disgusted.
    i really enjoyed iot and want to buy the novel
    r.i.p molly
    xxx

  70. R ad J

    we watch the film in are english lesson,and we thought it was depressing the way people who weren’t white were treated just because of one mans opinions i wanna what happened to annabelle.
    R.I.P
    (MOLLY)

  71. TARA

    i havent seen the film but my sister has said that it was very good and well worth seeing, i hope i can watch the film one day to and then i will come back on and tell you what i thort of it
    RIP Molly
    preys, thourts and love
    Tara
    xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

  72. Stephanie

    this is so sad i just saw the movie likle 11 minutes ago.i love it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!and it’s so sad.i wonder if that’s still going on today.

  73. Timothy

    I was physically and mentally shaken by this movie. I am an american, and I am white. It seems the longer I live in this world the more I learn about the evils of my own race. Heck, even today we have U.S. senators who flaunt their racist souls right in the cameras eye. I am now going to learn more of what happened to these human beings lives now, thanks to this movie. Some of these blogs demonstrate how different we really are.
    Tim

  74. rebekah

    hey i was just wondering… i am in year 9 at school and i am doing an assignment on molly craig and i was wondering if she went to school when she was a child… if any one knows can they please tell me asap (today)

  75. Casey

    i am doing a assignment on heroes and i chose Molly as one because she showed a lot of courage and determination to get back to Jigalong.
    R.I.P Molly is a true hero!

  76. Jaime Garcia

    Molly,
    You, your sister, and your cousin as well as all of the First Nation peoples in Australia were treated with such contempt and cruelty. I saw RPF and read the book and was so very appalled that the while Australians did this to you and your people; although I am not surprised that they did this attempted to commit genocide through their sick, racist, and hateful practice of breaking up families and “eugenics.” Molly, you and yours are in heaven and Mr. A.O. Neville and his whole rotten Australian government are in Hell turning and burning for all eternity.
    May God always bless you Molly. You are a heroine to me and millions of other non-whites.

  77. carla

    We are studying RPF at school. I have been deeply moved by the courage that Molly Craig showed in her epic journey.
    She will live on in spirit.
    xOx

  78. Jessica

    Molly Kelly Craig,
    a great girl with so much courage and energy.
    she never gave up and allways tried to stay positive as she dealt with the whole issue very well. when i watched rabbit proof fence i cried and cried and cried.
    it was such a memorable movie and i will have the memory forever.
    Goodbye Molly,
    Jessica

  79. Kirsten

    I was first introduced to this fantastic movie by my next door neighbour who’s daughter is part aboriginal. For months I looked everywhere for the movie and finally was able to purchase it for my DVD collection. I am white but I grew up in Bourke NSW Australia around aboriginals and I have always respected these people and how strong willed they are.
    After watching this movie. Seeing Molly, Daisy and Gracie has revived my respect even more for Aboriginals today and that people should treat them the same way as any other person because they are strong individuals.
    This movie was so heart wrenching that I cried for a long time. The strength that these three wonderful children had and the ability to overcome so many hurdles to make it back to Jigalong was so tremendous to say the least. When so many precious children were taken from their parents, forced to live in settlements and not speak their native language to me was totaly horrible. What Molly, Daisy and Gracie and hundreds of children had to go through to me is unspeakable and I can understand that even today the victims of the Stolen Generations would still be affected. I would recommend this movie to any movie lover of Australian Movies. Knowing the fact that Rabbit Proof Fence is a true story makes the movie all that more special.
    I am also going to buy the book that is based on this inspirational story.
    Kirsten

  80. Cassy

    Aborigine were original inhabitants of Australia. It was their country, they had a right to live their lives as generations before them. It does not matter if the movie was embellished or not, the facts are people taking children away because they were half-white, not because of their care or ignorance of the parents. If that were so then why was it only half white children taken?
    In the 1700s, there were many penal colonies established to ease over populated prisons by the British. Over the years, as people were released, many of them settled in Australia permanently.
    My point is, I am sure the Aborigine lived a thriving life there, like many other countries, until others moved in and destroyed their way of life. Man destroys man no matter what country it is, no matter who was there first the newcomers take over in the style of today’s gangs.
    I live in the US, land of the free. Our country is made up of people from around the world yet we have white supremists who think they are some kind of pure race. That is impossible since the original people of this country were indians. Ive always wondered what would happen if anyone did their geneology to see what their heritages are.
    The world needs to open their eyes to the fact we are all human beings, we are all equal. But there will always be the greedy, the control freaks, the doubters, and the heartless to destroy what the rest of us seek.
    Here is a link for anyone interested in the settlement of Australia. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/History_of_Australia_(1788-1850)

  81. Natalle Yu

    Molly,
    I first heard of your story via watching the movie, ‘Rabbit Proof fence’ at school. But my admiration towards you only began to sprout whilst reading the book itself. Your courage and determination really touched me and again, I find myself loathing the attitudes people had towards racism only a few decades ago. Thank you for being such an inspiration and rest in peace.
    Natalle

  82. judy x

    I cannot believe the fact that Molly died! Such sad thing! I was just watching the movie of Rabbit Proof Fence last week or something with the rest of my class and it is merely NOW I hear of this! I would like to say what a courageous and determined girl she was and how she achieved her goal.
    RIP MOLLY CRAIG KELLY
    Missing you

  83. natalie

    that is so cool that u did that the movie and book made me cry to the who;le thing i dont even kno u but i miss u already dude ur like totally awesome u dasiy and gracie to bad she is already dead though so sad well love you all gonna miss you love natalie

  84. michael

    I have seen rabbit proof fence many times, and as a 1/4 aboriginal whose grandfather was part of the stolen generation this film really moved me. thank god prime minister rudd has said sorry as of feb 13th, this day will go down as my most holy day. I’m regretful however that such a great Australian missed that eventful day.
    Molly your spirit will never die.

  85. courtney marie mclachlan

    i am a 11 year old girl and just to see that made me cry. Molly is a true legend and that is brave to do that i will never forget her how could some one do that. that so croll i will miss her!!!!!!!~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

  86. Olivia

    Molly inspired me. After I finished RPF I just kept saying to myself ‘9 Weeks’ I got to say. The indigenous people eat so healthy. If Molly and her sister didn’t know how to catch food like the abo’s
    then she and her sister would die of starvation.
    I got to say ..
    This movie really touched me, and usually movies don’t make me cry. Its so touching, and the ending of this movie was so awesome. I’m studying RPF in Social studies, and people in my class at the end just clapped for Molly and Daisy for going through such hell when they were young..
    R.I.P (L)

  87. Madeleine Y

    Molly Craig you are a heroine and will be remembered for many generations to come. I am a 13 yr old who just saw the RPF in english as we are studying the stolen generations. I am not pure Australian as my parents and their parents are migrants. I see moly and her cousins as people who really loved their family and showed compassion towards them. Molly also put her cousins in risk by escaping but ll went good until Gracie was taken away. I really want to know what happened to Gracie afterwoods? Anyway, Molly should pure confidence and really wanted to be with her family. I feel proud now that I have a strong bond with my mother and father. They are the world to me. As for the english, I don’t no what to say. I am appaled that someone would do such a thing to the Aborignes. The are people just like us, they arer human, have emotions and they are equal to everyone- white, black or olive(me). Molly, Gracie and Daisy showed a strong point of their lives throughout the movie and have moved many people including myself. AboriginaLS i BELIVE aown this land. They wee here first and were here for centuries until the british took over.
    Molly xx rip

  88. Caitlin Thomson

    I really loved this emotional movie it inspired me to keep going and never give up. I saw the light but I didn’t go into it because you showed me the way I cried watching the movie (Rabbit proof fence) I new what i had to do so I walked back away from the light!!:)
    ily molly although you are gone you have inspired my whole social studies class and your story will be told around the world
    R.I.P molly craig
    Caitlin Thomson

  89. Pamela

    I cannot believe the gall of “educated” people…I just finished watching RBFence, and to know that this happened, just breaks my heart. Just as the white man did to the Native tribes of the US, the British did to the Native tribes of Australia…to say that these people would have a better life…to tear a child away from their family and take them from the only life they know…when will people learn that to help means to give things that are wanted, and not to push our ways of life on others.

  90. Olivia Wilson

    Hi my name is Olivia Wilson. Molly,Daisy and Gracie are my great aunties. I just wanted to say how PROUD I am to have this as part of my family history.It’s not exactly the best thing to have happen to your family, but now i know i can share this with my children and they can pass it on to their children.

  91. Touching and Touched

    What a wonderful movie…a new favorite of mine and especially the ending. Getting a chance to see Molly Craig and Daisy on camera was really heart warming…
    I dont quite get why some commentors on here were “Thanking God” or “Blessing Molly” I actually find that appalling…wasnt it the Church they went to that beat them for speaking their native language, locked them up in a cell and tried to change their way of life?
    Molly your a wonderful person, glad your movie touched me as it will with others around the world.

  92. M Foo

    …”trained as domestic servants? These children were put into domestic slavery. I’m sure that lots of money was raised for these “programs.” I doubt that most of it went to bettering the lives of these children. The administrators no doubt had very rich lives. No group of people ever betters the lives of any people they conquer. The older I get, the more amazed I am by the sheer quantity of lies through which one must wade to reach any truth.

  93. Himmy Lowe

    It only released now.
    Very movie.. love it.
    Australia government is to blamn. Good that mr. Kevin Rudd appoligiesed.
    Himmy
    From China

  94. Jennifer

    I just watched Rabbit Proof Fence. I cannot stop crying. I was so emotionally affected by this movie. I am disgusted by how human beings have treated other human beings; but at the same time I am inspired by the strength and spirit of the 3 girls depicted. The human spirit has the power to overcome all adversity. Molly, Daisy, and Gracie, I salute you all. You are my new heroes and inspiration to live a more fulfilled life. thank you.

  95. victoria mirkhani

    I would love to pay great tribute to the late Molly. What a heroic an honorable women, my thoughts go out to all her family and prople that know an love her. The film RABBIT PROOF FENCE, was an exrordinary truth into the lfe of a brave woman. I only recently saw the movie and was asstonished, at how a young girl could go through so much , and still find the power, and strength to care and look after 2 others.
    If there is any way at all that i can help do something for other people in Mollys situation please contact me. (R.I.P) Molly you have touched many. Regards Vicky x x

  96. Beth

    Being an American and our own slavery at the forefront of eduation in every state and now we have an African-American President – I think it is now time for Australians to come to the conclusion that the aboriginal children stolen from their families were done so for one reason only: To enslave them to the white Australian peoples.

  97. Simone

    Respect to Molly, and all the other children of the stolen generation, i can’t imagine how all of this have been for them and their Parents,
    Simone

  98. Emma

    I Watched this film last year in English, and was crying my eyes out, and at the end when it told you about the story of her and her daughters that made me even worse.
    Tip: IF YOU GET VERY EMOTIONAL, DON’T WATCH THIS FILM!!! (I couldn’t stop crying!!!)

  99. liliana strecht

    I saw the movie today, and don´t think i have words to express how the story toucht me, i´m a mother and i can´t imagine the pain that both molly and and her mother must felt. i was shocked by the cruelty of the australian governament, i´m glad that´s over. unfourtunally there will always exist evil man in our world, ihope Molly where ever she is can protect nowerdays childreen from that menace.
    RIP Molly
    LLstrecht from Portugal

  100. Debbie Michelle Wentworth

    I would love to pay tribute to the late Molly. I have only today watched the movie “Rabbit Proof Fence” and was totally moved by the heroic and brave women with her little sister and cousin in toe. I was all so ashamed at the behaviour of the Australin Government. You truely are a brave women.

  101. Dahlia

    I watched Rabbit Proof Fence for school, and it was so sad 🙁 I cried and we were only 5 minutes into the movie. I believe Molly had amazing courage and strength and went through something no one should have to.
    I’m happy now that the Government apologized for the Stolen Generation, but are they doing anything about the division of the indeginous and non-indeginous?

  102. Shirley

    I showed the film to my classes and they became inspired. It touched me to see how they longed to see the story and share it in class discussions as well as with their parents at home. We used it as part of a unit about Australia. We also applaud the life of Molly Craig regardless of the story lined being embellished in the film, even though it may not be Molly’s full story it is the story of too many people of color around the world.I am hopeful before I leave this world our coloring will not be such an issue, it probably will contiune to be an issue but hopefully not so much of an issue.
    Rest in Peace
    Craig Family

  103. Malota Tealei

    First time I’ve seen this was about 1-2 months ago… it was very interesting but sad at the same time! We then had a test on it! We had to pick our character and had to write a story and introduction about it… It was fun watching it. I enjoyed it very much as my class mates…

  104. Elizabeth Wood

    This is the first time i have seen this film, got it on DVD,it has to be the most moving film i have ever seen. I have watched it three times in as many days and the audio documentary by Philip Noyce is so interesting, what does it matter if some details have been altered from the story? that happens with all films made from a book.But the human story and the characters are the same, Molly was a truly wonderful person, and i am so sorry to hear she has passed away, but thanks to the film they will never be forgotten, i now want to read the book, but it is thanks to the film i want to read the book as i would never have known how badly the aboriginees were treated, what gave
    the white Australians the right to think they were better,when that land belonged to the aboriginees. We are as bad in England, for years up until the 1960’s we sent the children of unmarried mothers to Australia letting them think they had no families,many were treated so badly and it took until the 1980’s before this scandal was exposed. Many then found they had mothers and family alive in this country.
    Molly, Daisy and Gracie i will never forget your story and thanks to Doris for sharing it with the world. Mollie was a brave and beautiful person,may she RIP. So sad she never found Annebelle, i think she would have been so proud of her mother,i wonder what happened to her? Maybe they will get to meet in the next life.
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