Bubonic Plague

As part of the State Archives Collection, we hold a volume which may shock present Sydneysiders as it records the presence of Bubonic Plague or the Black Death in Sydney of the early 20th century. It is a volume filled with disease and death.

The Register of Cases of Bubonic Plague 1900-1908 records the names and residences of those suffering from the plague and their fate as to whether they died or recovered from this fearful disease.

By recording all cases of plague, infected areas could be cleansed, contact with the disease isolated, actual cases hospitalised, and systematic inoculation of people living in the infected area undertaken.

This record has now been opened to public access after 110 years and is available for both browsing and searching by name of the Plague victim. More about the index »

Browse the Register


Search the Bubonic Plague Index

Search the Index

View the digital gallery showing the cleansing operations of the quarantine areas of Sydney

Purging Pestilence!

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