Since finding that first article about the snake man Frederick Fox, (i, ii) who was often referred to as the Snake King, I have been doing my best to find more information about him, specifically his age. I have had little luck with that but I have found a few other old articles about his snaky exploits.
In the early 1900’s he would do an open air snake show at La Perouse in Sydney*, and this article reports a time in 1911 when he was challenged during a display to remove a notorious scaly resident from a nearby fishing spot.
On his second visit to the location he was successful in removing the Terror of Kurnell, a 7ft black snake, but only after falling headlong into “a morass infested with black snakes”. Yikes!
During the hunt for the beast he was obviously not just lying around in the sun waiting for it to show up; he also came home with 9 snake-filled bags containing 59 tiger snakes, 19 brown snakes, and 11 black snakes.
That fishing hole would definitely be a safer place for a while!
Apparently Mr. Fox didn’t sell the snakes he caught but kept them all at home (eeek!) and sold the venom.
I was very interested to find this tiny reference below to a film shown in 1911 called “Snake King Fox at Work”, apparently “the presentment of some of his captures” by Southern Cross pictures. Finding a clip of Fox capturing some snakes on youtube would have made my day!
I have been doing my best to find this film but no luck…. 😦
If any of you future readers have seen it, or even heard whisper of it, please leave a comment, I would be extremely grateful! 😀
*This snake show was taken over by the Cann family who operated the it until the last performance by a family member in 2010.
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