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Love, Ballarat. Typhus, Small Pox And Diptheria. The Three Plagues Of The Goldfields

May 8 @ 7:00 pm - 7:30 pm

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Live online performances from the heart of Ballarat, Victoria. With rich culture and history, our local performers and musicians will focus on different tales every week. Love, Ballarat.

Presented by Tales From Rat City, by Dr. David Waldron.

As more and more people rushed to the gold diggings in Ballarat, Victoria, conditions on the Goldfields became unsanitary and unbearable.

In Episode 1 Our host talks about the darker side of diseases and epidemics that swept across the diggings and killed 1000’s.

This episode draws parallels to the 2020 Corona Virus Pandemic.

Image shows a vaccination office crowded with women and children. Captioned: ‘Small-pox precautions: vaccination “from the calf”’, Australian Sketcher, 6 May 1882.