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 near 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”?

 

 

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