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On this day …….. 20th of January 1935

On this day in 1935, Mr James Culhane of Coreen was travelling along the road when he noticed two snakes fighting. Culhane stopped to watch. As the fight progressed, one snaked began to swallow the other snake. However, the snake being swallowed managed to wrap the end of its tail around a nearby fence, and in pulling it’s self free, turned the other snake inside out.

 

 

On this day …….. 25th of December 1916

An aggressive tiger snake which attacked Private Frederick Thoroughgood, a soldier who had been invalided home deaf and dumb from Gallipoli, was the means of his regaining both his speech and hearing. Private Thoroughgood, who since his return has been an inmate of the Camberwell Convalescent Home, Mont Albert-road, attended a picnic at Warrandyte on Christmas day. While walking through the bush he almost trod on the snake, which immediately showed fight, and Thoroughgood, after a short encounter, despatched the reptile with a stick. The affray excited Thoroughgood somewhat, and a little later his companions were surprised to hear him commence whistling. Shortly afterwards he asked in a normal voice, “Well, what’s the next item on the programme ?” Speech and hearing came to him, simultaneously, being doubtless the best Christmas box that he could have desired.

 

On this day …….. 24th of December 1904

On the 24th of December 1904 a miner witnessed a curious encounter at Lady Gully, Castlemaine, Victoria, between a 1.2m brown snake and a couple of large lizards. The snake was trying to kill a lizard when a second lizard appeared and joined in the attack on the snake. The miner went to cut a sapling to kill the snake in order to save the lizards. On his return, he saw the three combatants locked together, fall down the North Perseverance mineshaft. Two miners working at the bottom of the 30m shaft got a shock when the snake and two lizards fell between them. They promptly killed all three with their picks.

 

On this day …….. 20th of January 1935

On this day in 1935, Mr James Culhane of Coreen was travelling along the road when he noticed two snakes fighting. Culhane stopped to watch. As the fight progressed, one snaked began to swallow the other snake. However, the snake being swallowed managed to wrap the end of its tail around a nearby fence, and in pulling it’s self free, turned the other snake inside out.

 

 

On this day …….. 25th of December 1916

An aggressive tiger snake which attacked Private Frederick Thoroughgood, a soldier who had been invalided home deaf and dumb from Gallipoli, was the means of his regaining both his speech and hearing. Private Thoroughgood, who since his return has been an inmate of the Camberwell Convalescent Home, Mont Albert-road, attended a picnic at Warrandyte on Christmas day. While walking through the bush he almost trod on the snake, which immediately showed fight, and Thoroughgood, after a short encounter, despatched the reptile with a stick. The affray excited Thoroughgood somewhat, and a little later his companions were surprised to hear him commence whistling. Shortly afterwards he asked in a normal voice, “Well, what’s the next item on the programme ?” Speech and hearing came to him, simultaneously, being doubtless the best Christmas box that he could have desired.

 

On this day …….. 24th of December 1904

On the 24th of December 1904 a miner witnessed a curious encounter at Lady Gully, Castlemaine, Victoria, between a 1.2m brown snake and a couple of large lizards. The snake was trying to kill a lizard when a second lizard appeared and joined in the attack on the snake. The miner went to cut a sapling to kill the snake in order to save the lizards. On his return, he saw the three combatants locked together, fall down the North Perseverance mineshaft. Two miners working at the bottom of the 30m shaft got a shock when the snake and two lizards fell between them. They promptly killed all three with their picks.