Tumut Man Took Gaol

For Failure to Destroy Rabbits Attracts

1 April 1949 Cootamundra Herald 

Milton Hayden, of Tumut, who was recently discharged from the Tumut lock-up after receiving a sentence of 14 days rather than pay the £5 fine for failing to destroy rabbits on his property, has drawn attention by the Sydney Press.

Contacted by the 'Sunday Sun, Hayden said:-

 My idea was to cause the public to enquire what was happening elsewhere. I explained to the court that there were few rabbits and no warrens on my own pocket handkerchief holding, though some big properties were riddled with warrens. 

Everywhere I go strangers pat me on the back and say the authorities will have to take action against the “big fellas”.

The 'Dally Telegraph' phoned the Tumut Sergeant of Police seeking a further line on the story.