Plague in Sydney: the anatomy of an epidemic

Peter Curson, Kevin McCracken

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The 1900 epidemic of bubonic plague in Sydney was one of Australia's greatest social disasters; although only 303 cases and 103 deaths were officially reported, the epidemic caused widespread social and economic disruption. This book traces the background to the event and reconstructs the course, impact, and effects of the most significant plague epidemic to strike Australia. Major subjects covered include the extent of public panic, the search for scapegoats and the role of the newspapers. -from Publisher

Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationKensington, NSW
PublisherUniversity of New South Wales Press
Number of pages213
ISBN (Print)0868402192, 9780868402192
Publication statusPublished - 1989


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