Smallpox at Sydney Cove – who, when, why?

  title={Smallpox at Sydney Cove – who, when, why?},
  author={C. Warren},
  journal={Journal of Australian Studies},
  pages={68 - 86}
  • C. Warren
  • Published 2014
  • Sociology
  • Journal of Australian Studies
  • This article sheds new light on the outbreak of smallpox at Sydney Cove in 1789. It draws on local Eora traditions, corroborated by medical and historical sources, as a basis for gaining fresh insights into this event, for reviewing recent literature, and for re-examining several circumstances that could have led to the outbreak. The records suggest that the marines landed at Port Jackson with insufficient manpower and insufficient equipment for the tasks they were to confront. I argue that by… CONTINUE READING
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