Trove Tuesday – Snake Tales

Browsing my Trove tags for this week’s post, the tag “Snake sixteen feet” attracted my attention.  The item was this snippet from The Argus of February 29, 1864 (obviously a leap year).

CRIMINAL SESSIONS. (1864, February 29). The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1956), p. 6. Retrieved January 22, 2013, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article5744916

CRIMINAL SESSIONS. (1864, February 29). The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 – 1956), p. 6. Retrieved January 22, 2013, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article5744916

Since I have seen two snakes this season after going many years without having seen one, the sixteen-foot snake seemed like an appropriate Trove Tuesday subject.  I searched Trove for “snake sixteen feet”.  I then narrowed the results down to 1864 but first I noted how many articles came up with the words “snake sixteen feet”.  A lot actually, making me think that just like hailstones are always the “size of golf balls”, snakes were once always sixteen feet long.

I did find more about the snake that was making its presence felt at Mount Fyans Station north of Mortlake.

THE GOVERNMENT GAZETTE. (1864, February 23). The Star (Ballarat, Vic. : 1855 - 1864), p. 4. Retrieved January 22, 2013, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article72513798

THE GOVERNMENT GAZETTE. (1864, February 23). The Star (Ballarat, Vic. : 1855 – 1864), p. 4. Retrieved January 22, 2013, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article72513798

I wonder if they ever did get to measure the “monster”?

 

 

2 thoughts on “Trove Tuesday – Snake Tales

  1. Ugh, a 16 foot snake (what’s that about 4 metres?) is not one I’d want to meet, and I saw plenty as a child. Although I really dislike snakes I still feel a bit sad that a creature which had survived so long was to be “done in”.

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