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Title: Fever, Immigration and Quarantine in New South Wales, 1837–1840
Authors: Foxhall, Katherine
First Published: 27-Feb-2011
Publisher: Oxford University Press on behalf of the Society for the Social History of Medicine
Citation: Social History of Medicine, 2011, 24 (3), pp. 624-642
Abstract: Between 1837 and 1841, the New South Wales colonial government quarantined fifteen British and Irish ships, all for typhus. The article argues that the voyage destabilised the medical identity of fevers in general and typhus in particular. Yet, the political significance of the disease travelled intact, and fed directly into broader contemporary political debates in the Australian colonies about poverty, immigration and their political relationship with Britain. These quarantines provided a platform for colonists and immigrants to contest the causes and significance of the disease. Historiographically, the article contributes to debates about quarantine, politics and immigration. By emphasising the importance of the voyage as a pathological event, it contributes to our understanding of the role of time and distance in the spread of disease and disease knowledge in the nineteenth century.
DOI Link: 10.1093/shm/hkq109
ISSN: 0951-631X
eISSN: 1477-4666
Version: Publisher Version
Status: Peer-reviewed
Type: Journal Article
Rights: Copyright © The Author 2011. This is an Open Access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial License (, which permits unrestricted non-commercial use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.
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