Monday, March 22, 2010

Unravelling the Past 

If you lived in 1880s and needed a fly trap what would you do? You may have added this cleverly designed glass fly catcher to your household possessions and outsmarted the many bugs looking for a free meal in and around your kitchen.
In some Australian homes and verandahs, a little pool of milk or sugar water was added to the reservoir at the bottom of a glass trap, along with a lighted candle in the base. When those pesky bugs came a crawlin, they were lured into the bottle through the top opening by the flame and the sweet smell of something promising. This is where the good times ended for the bugs, as they soon drowned in their gluttonous pursuits.
Just another random find from our weekend at French Island where we explored some of the tricks used by Victoria's early pioneers.