From the Australian Town and Country Journal dated 2nd November, 1872:
Campbelltown. Wednesday. "Today, a man named Edward Barrett, while lifting a sheet of bark, was bitten in the finger by a black snake. After lacerating the wound, he galloped into town, a distance of three miles, where Mr. J. Egan sucked the wound, and accidentally swallowed some of the poison. Barnett is much better, but Mr. Egan is in a very dangerous state."