[Editor: This item is an extract from the column “Current topics”, published in The Geelong Advertiser, 3 July 1865.]
[A rabbit drive]
Mr Austin, of Barwon Park, mentions the extraordinary fecundity of the English wild rabbit in this colony.
Six years ago he turned out thirteen; since then their progeny has increased to such an extent, that he has killed off his estate twenty thousand; and he computes that there must be on his property and in the neighborhood at least ten thousand!
On Saturday Mr Austin entertained a party of friends rabbit-shooting, and they bagged 169; the breach-loading gun doing great execution — as the rabbits were driven by the beaters from the hedges and long grass at the banks of the river — the sportsmen being able to reload them so quickly.
The Geelong Advertiser (Geelong, Vic.), 3 July 1865, p. 5
Also published in:
The Age (Melbourne, Vic.), 5 July 1865, p. 5
The Argus (Melbourne, Vic.), 5 July 1865, p. 5
The Ballarat Star (Ballarat, Vic.), 5 July 1865, p. 4
The Herald (Melbourne, Vic.), 5 July 1865, p. 4
The Mount Alexander Mail (Castlemaine, Vic.), 5 July 1865, p. 3
Bell’s Life in Victoria and Sporting Chronicle (Melbourne, Vic.), 8 July 1865, p. 4
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