Join this Vicfix campaign to extract mistakes in historic articles on snake bites in Victoria
Vicfix is improving the searchability of digitised newspaper articles and making the hidden details of Victoria's rich history available for everyone.
About snake bites
Although the mortality rate for snake bites is low in Victoria, the general public's abiding fear of snakes surfaces during the warmer months as reliably as the reptiles do.
Historic newspapers published folk remedies for snake bites including scarification, sucking out the venom, locally injecting ammonia or saltpetre and orally administering hard liquor. Alas, they also stoked the fires of ophidiophobia by salaciously reporting on the more grisly or outlandish encounters between snakes and humans.
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- Choose an article listed below and click through to correct it on Trove (see our How-to guide).
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