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On This Day – 16th December 1923

Swamps turn to ice, goannas frozen in subtropical Queensland It’s rare that you’ll find ice outside of an esky filled with beer or a freezer full of fish in subtropical Rockhampton, Queensland. But according to Adelaide’s News on 11 December 1923, a rare weather event turned swamps into ice sheets and led to the untimely deaths of a number of goannas. “Today, large lumps of jagged ice fell during the progress of a storm between Raby Creek and Eastbrook stations,” the News reported. “Trees were stripped of leaves and branches, and long streamers of bark were broken loose. Two large swamps in the track of the storm were filled to a depth of 2 feet with a solid mass of ice, which did not melt for six days. Numbers of goannas were frozen in the mass

On this day …….. 31st of January 1932

A story of a remarkable combat between a goanna and a wombat is related by eye-witnesses who were on a holidaying at Kangaroo Valley. The fight commenced on a hill side, and the goanna gradually worked the wombat to a hole in a creek at the bottom of the hill, where the fight was continued. The wombat gradually weakened, and, finally, the goanna held it in a tight grip under the water until it was drowned. The victor then retired to the bank, where it engaged in a satisfying meal from its quarry. The wombat was nearly full grown.

 

 

On This Day – 16th December 1923

Swamps turn to ice, goannas frozen in subtropical Queensland It’s rare that you’ll find ice outside of an esky filled with beer or a freezer full of fish in subtropical Rockhampton, Queensland. But according to Adelaide’s News on 11 December 1923, a rare weather event turned swamps into ice sheets and led to the untimely deaths of a number of goannas. “Today, large lumps of jagged ice fell during the progress of a storm between Raby Creek and Eastbrook stations,” the News reported. “Trees were stripped of leaves and branches, and long streamers of bark were broken loose. Two large swamps in the track of the storm were filled to a depth of 2 feet with a solid mass of ice, which did not melt for six days. Numbers of goannas were frozen in the mass

On this day …….. 31st of January 1932

A story of a remarkable combat between a goanna and a wombat is related by eye-witnesses who were on a holidaying at Kangaroo Valley. The fight commenced on a hill side, and the goanna gradually worked the wombat to a hole in a creek at the bottom of the hill, where the fight was continued. The wombat gradually weakened, and, finally, the goanna held it in a tight grip under the water until it was drowned. The victor then retired to the bank, where it engaged in a satisfying meal from its quarry. The wombat was nearly full grown.

 

 

1932007_223115644686238_1751587260_nSwamps turn to ice, goannas frozen in subtropical Queensland It’s rare that you’ll find ice outside of an esky filled with beer or a freezer full of fish in subtropical Rockhampton, Queensland. But according to Adelaide’s News on 11 December 1923, a rare weather event turned swamps into ice sheets and led to the untimely deaths of a number of goannas. “Today, large lumps of jagged ice fell during the progress of a storm between Raby Creek and Eastbrook stations,” the News reported. “Trees were stripped of leaves and branches, and long streamers of bark were broken loose. Two large swamps in the track of the storm were filled to a depth of 2 feet with a solid mass of ice, which did not melt for six days. Numbers of goannas were frozen in the mass