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Vollie News 14 August 2007 Page 3 Historical articles Alan Caust In response to our good mate Frank Dunstan - who by the way is the ONLY bloke that provides a most wonderful and readable Newsletter to all of us Volunteers in St John Ambulance in the NT - I want to give him a run for his money in his last Article about Snake bite! Well done Frank lets add further to History! I for one thoroughly enjoyed Franks frank discussion from the 1907 publication from Henry Lawson and must agree with Frank that indeed condys crystals along with cutting the bite site although not mentioned and sucking the bite site was totally in vogue in early Australian history and especially in the outback of the Northern Territory. There are two publications to my mind that support Franks wonderful memory of earlier times. The first is actually called The Bushmans Companion printed over several years and the copy I hold is dated 1916. You see, this wonderful little text was prepared by the Rev John Flynn the bloke that through the Presbyterian Church back then started what we enjoy today as the Royal Flying Doctor Service. Yep first aid says almost exactly what Frank remembers.. The second text that I hold is called The Bushmans First Aid printed in the Northern Territory of Australia! One of our own I guess and the copy I hold is a revised Edition dated 1944. Anyway Frank cut, suck, Condys or tourniquet we have come so much further from those days!! You already know this anyway. Perhaps I could quote from those little texts down the track and we could all enjoy some more from History just like Frank has already done. Good for you Frank thank you so much for being our St John Editor and giving us such a wonderful medium for reaching out to our volunteers. Please Keep on Keeping On our NT Vollie News Frank it is much appreciated and very much valued by all of us in the NT. Alan Caust Territory Officer Training (Southern Region) Alice Springs Thanks Alan, but because of this my hat no longer fits. This snakebite first aid procedure wasnt just early Australian history, but persisted until at least the early 1950s. Another snakebite myth of my childhood was that if you were going to die it would be at sundown. This caused a lot of anxiety for casualties as evening approached and great relief at having survived after night fall. Historical contributions are welcome from all our readers. When reproducing someone elses work it helps if they are out of copyright, or if enough details are supplied so that I can get permission from the copyright owners. FD Dates of significance Saturday 18th August is Vietnam Veterans Day On 18 August 1966 Australian troops fought in the battle of Long Tan. On this day we pay tribute to the 59 000 Australian men and women who served in the Vietnam War and remember the 520 who died in active service.

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