• Short Summary

    If Robinson Crusoe was washed up on bleak DE WITT Island, off the coast of Tasmania, he wouldn't have to look far for a " Girl Friday."
    A Melbourne girl, JANE COOPER, has chosen the island to live the life of a hermit, virtually cut off from civilisation.

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    VARIOUS SHOTS DE WITT ISLAND
    7 ft


    WS JANE STANDING ON CARRY LEDGE OF ISLAND
    27 ft


    WS INLET
    29 1/2 ft


    MS JANE WALKS ALONG CRAG TO SAFETY
    41 ft


    WS JANE ARMED WITH SHOVEL WALKS TO VEG PATCH
    54 ft


    CU JANE
    57 ft


    MS JANE WEEDS GARDEN
    61 ft


    INTERVIEWED BY JOHN MACGREGOR
    145 ft


    JANE SITS BY CAMPFIRE
    161 ft



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    Background: If Robinson Crusoe was washed up on bleak DE WITT Island, off the coast of Tasmania, he wouldn't have to look far for a " Girl Friday."
    A Melbourne girl, JANE COOPER, has chosen the island to live the life of a hermit, virtually cut off from civilisation. De Witt Island is a craggy outcrop off the coast of Australia's island State. Set in some of the world's most treacherous waters, it's been likened by fishermen to Cape Horn. Little wonder that it's hardly been touched by civilisation and the visitors are few and far between. That's exactly why Jane Cooper, who felt crushed and hemmed in by life in the big city, chose to make her new home on De Witt Island.

    For just over a month, Jane Cooper has been living on the lonely outcrop. Passing fishermen occasionally bring her fresh meat and vegetables and she's got her own store of canned and dried foods. But her greatest joy is diving from the rocks for fresh crayfish, abalone and other sea foods.

    She says she feels civilisation is becoming too complicated and difficult cope with. She had reached a stage when she felt she had to be alone, out of the stress of everyday living, to reason things out. So she left Melbourne and set up camp on the island and in doing so touched off an administrative storm. The Tasmanian Government initially moved to take her off the island -- but the local shire stated that the island was under its jurisdiction and it would oppose any effort to dislodge Jane. Now it appears as if she will be left in peace to enjoy her new way of life.

    Although Jane says she's never been happier in her life, there are snags, too, in her Utopia and they come from a quarter she least expected. The island abounds with animal and bird life. Most are tame and swarm over her camp. But they've also been swarming over her big vegetable garden and have eaten most of her seedlings. At night she's plagued by native rats. They eat her food, chew her books and clothes and swarm over her in her sleep. But she hopes to overcome even this by fencing off her garden and building herself a proper hut.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA4DYRGH5J1HRCAOQQEK6HU1MIG
    Media URN:
    VLVA4DYRGH5J1HRCAOQQEK6HU1MIG
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    28/09/1971
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:04:15:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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