Shooters, Trappers & Poisoners explores the rapidly receding world of Australian doggers and rabbiters as they wage war on two of Australia’s most familiar feral animals, the dingo, its mixed-breed descendants and the feral rabbit. Beginning in the 19th century and continuing to the present, two paths emerge: one is the lucrative industry of selling animal pelts and carcasses (including the harvesting of koala and Tasmanian tiger skins); while the other is the practical requirements for eliminating wild dogs and rabbits. Rabbiters and doggers are notorious for their unique and secretive tradecraft, such as the preparation of odiferous dog baits, the use of firearms, the setting of traps and the deployment of arcane poisons and gases. The book also explores the phenomenon of the Australian outlaw animal, the impact of germ warfare on rabbiting and the isolation of the outback. To frame this lively survey, Shooters, Trappers & Poisoners draws on oral histories, bush folklore, memoirs, scientific studies, contemporary newspaper accounts and 37 rarely seen photographs and illustrations.
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About the Author
Michael Bogle is an historian and former museum curator specialising in Australian design and popular culture. He has written on the evolution of the Sydney espresso bar, explored Australian design and architectural history, the culture of transported convicts and other regional topics. His books include Convicts. Transportation and Australia (2008); an anthology of essays, Designing Australia (2002); Design in Australia 1880–1970 (1998) and with Peta Landman, Modern Australian Furniture (1989). Michael grew up in a rural farming community and has encountered a wide variety of pests throughout his career. He lives in Sydney. You can email him about this book at: Shooters_Trappers_and_Poisoners@outlook.com.