Each of the heavy steel traps lining Bill Tangey's back walls all have different pegs, catches, springs and jaws. But it is the Warrigal trap made by FW Williams & Co in Hunter Street Sydney dated 23rd of the 7th 1923 that is Bill’s favourite.
This unique steel rabbit trap has a figure of an Aboriginal man holding a spear engraved into the bottom steel plate. Made in Australia to suit the harsh Australian conditions the unusual artwork distinguishes it from all the other ones lining the walls. He likes the fact that it is different.
This fierce looking steel trap tells the story of an introduced species to this county, the destruction it caused and the subsequent brutal attempts to control it. This method of entrapment is no longer used, banned in the 1980s on animal cruelty grounds.
Production by Larissa Romensky, ABC Open
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