Not a job for the faint hearted, the position of Superintendent of Alpacas was created in 1859 in an experiment to introduce alpacas to NSW.
Browsing through the Colonial Secretary’s Index, 1788-1825 an interesting subject of Town Crier caught our eye.
A quick check of the three names showed an intriguing entry for John Pendergrass who “…had his ‘good leg fractur'd and the wooden one broke’ when run over by a bullock cart.” He “wanted an old hack horse to carry him around…”
This was no ordinary letter. Not only is it very rare to find three-dimensional objects in the State archives, but the letter and associated correspondence references to smallpox and the colony’s vaccination program. It was deduced that the parcel probably contained a sample of the cowpox vaccine, which was commonly used to vaccinate against smallpox.