Snake bites

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.

Contribute to this Vicfix campaign – it's easy!

  • Choose an article listed below and click through to correct it on Trove (see our How-to guide).
  • Add our tag 'vicfix-done' once the whole article is fixed.
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Correct articles from one of our other Vicfix correction campaigns.

Hereabouts he generally treads upon a small snake, Edward Wilson, watercolour with ink and pencil, c 1842–1878. Gift of Miss Sheila Schon, 1997.

Snake bite

Great news: all the articles in this campaign are fixed! Explore them by clicking on the 'Fixed articles' tab, or choose a newspaper article to fix in one of our other Vicfix correction campaigns.