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Johnston, Robert Mackenzie (1896) Health of Hobart. Papers & Proceedings of the Royal Society of Tasmania. pp. 1-21.

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During the years 1887, 1888, 1889, and 1891, the City of
Hobart, in common with the principal cities of Australia, was
visited by a most severe and extraordinary epidemic wave of
typhoid fever. Although, locally, the general death-rate from
all causes, and for all ages, was not materially increased above
the years preceding the epidemic, still the mortality of persons
in the prime of life, especially males between the ages of 20
and 35 years, was unusually large. The alarm caused by this
severe visitation very naturally raised a keen enquiry into the
sanitary condition of the city ; and many intelligent persons,
believing that the epidemic was mainly or solely due to local
causes, and particularly to defective drainage and other
imperfect sanitary provisions, have since made vigorous and
continuous demands for a drastic reform of our sanitary

Item Type: Article
Authors/Creators:Johnston, Robert Mackenzie
Keywords: Royal Society of Tasmania, Van Diemens Land, VDL, Hobart Town, natural sciences, proceedings, records
Journal or Publication Title: Papers & Proceedings of the Royal Society of Tasmania
Page Range: pp. 1-21
Collections: Royal Society Collection > Papers & Proceedings of the Royal Society of Tasmania
Additional Information:

In 1843 the Horticultural and Botanical Society of Van Diemen's Land was founded and became the Royal Society of Van Diemen's Land for Horticulture, Botany, and the Advancement of Science in 1844. In 1855 its name changed to Royal Society of Tasmania for Horticulture, Botany, and the Advancement of Science. In 1911 the name was shortened to Royal Society of Tasmania.

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