The trapper, 1907

Sepia photograph of an animal trapper shouldering a rifle, animal trap and dead rabbit and fox, 1907. Photograph, submitted for copyright registration, is stamped '57, Artistic Copy' and inscribed 'The Trapper, JW Symons, The Block, Collins St[reet]'

Shortly after their introduction to Australia in 1859, European rabbits had reached plague proportions. The impact on primary industry and the natural environment was catastrophic. Farmers and local councils tried rabbit-proof fences, traps, poisoned baits and fumigating machines, but had little success.

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