Encounter with a snake: Monday 6th January 1873
Monday 6th January 1873 Mr John Hawkins Farm Coghills Creek Victoria Australia
...What a narrow escape I had from being bitten by a big black snake. I was binding...and the reptile crept out from the swathe. If I had been in haste I could not avoid being bitten…I called the binders then, but neither would go near it, I ran for a big stone and soon dispatched it...
- Joseph Jenkins
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Monday the 6th of January 1873
Mr John Hawkins
Farm Cog-Hills Creek Victoria Australia
Up early. The sun appeared but was soon lost in a thick and a cold mist....from W. S. W. We were ordered to go and stack wheat we had a good dunking. The sheaves were wet. I was called to cover the haystack the wind breeze southward when it cleared up, we went to reap and bind O what a narrow escape I had from being bitten by a bitten by a big black snake. I was binding and within few yards to the reaper. The snake was under the swathe, or rather in it as I had the band in my hand under it and the big reptile crept out from the swathe. If I was in haste, I could not avoid being bitten, It bended its curves to the growing crop. Nothing was at hand to kill it. It was too strong to head upon. I called the binders then but neither would go near it, I ran for a big stone and soon dispatched it. After it was killed many wanted to show it that there was a punishment after death. It was 4 feet 7 inches long.
Tuesday the 7th of January 1873
Mr John Hawkins Farm
Up as usual and in for breakfast. We did finish to reap and bind on this farm. At dinner time it was ... and dry with moderate gale from S. S. E ...of more dry weather, but very cold at this season of the year. After dinner we went to reap and bind Paddy the workman’s wheat about 6 acres of healthy looking crop. It blows a .....gale and it is chilly cold. We did not finish.
Wednesday the 8th of January 1873
Mr John Hawkins Farm
Up at the appearance of the Sun. Three of us were paid off this morning. Harry the ... is here with me yet. Dry and windy, we went to Paddy’s place to finish his wheat we were only two binding after the reaper which was cutting to and fro. Cold with stiff westernly breeze. We have finished by now and went over to Mr Hawkins farm. We began to cut in. I was stacking. Harry was paid off this afternoon. I will be the next. Too many are out of work and the wages are low. Farmers are not in hurry. No hot wind...
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