Archives behind the scenes - bubonic plague

Did you know there was an outbreak of plague, in Sydney, at The Rocks, in 1900?

Our Register of Bubonic Plague Cases covers 1900 to 1908 and records all of the cases known to the authorities for the duration of the outbreak.

Details include:

  • the date the case was recorded
  • name and age of the patient
  • where they were found
  • particulars of employment or school
  • the diagnosis of the case.

Of particular interest, to viewers today, is information on contact tracing and testing.

This register has been digitised and indexed. Search and browse the register online