National, 1900-1925

Health - Bubonic plague

Quick Statistics

535 Fatalities
1371 Injured

Between 1900 and 1925, there were 12 major plague outbreaks in 27 localities of Australia introduced by infected rats from overseas ships. According to Government health archives, there were 1371 reported cases of plague and 535 deaths. Sydney was most affected, but the disease also spread to Queensland with occasional cases found in Melbourne, Adelaide, Perth, Kalgoorlie and Fremantle.

Information Sources

ABC Archives & Library Services, 1900, website viewed 13 December 2011
Curson P, McCracken K, Plague in Sydney the anatomy of an epidemic. Kensington, New South Wales: New South Wales University Press, 1989, p 1
Sydney Medical School, Bubonic plague comes to Sydney in 1900, website viewed 13 December 2011