Aspects of public health in Queensland from 1859-1914

Barclay, Enid Joan. (1979). Aspects of public health in Queensland from 1859-1914 M.A. Thesis, School of History, Philosophy, Religion, and Classics, The University of Queensland.

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Author Barclay, Enid Joan.
Thesis Title Aspects of public health in Queensland from 1859-1914
School, Centre or Institute School of History, Philosophy, Religion, and Classics
Institution The University of Queensland
Publication date 1979
Thesis type M.A. Thesis
Total pages 430
Language eng
Subjects 210303 Australian History (excl. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander History)
111706 Epidemiology
Formatted abstract       This thesis is a study of particular aspects of public health in Queensland from 1859 to 1914. Its aim is to establish some of the problems facing a new, rapidly expanding colony, in a huge country covering widely differing climatic zones from temperate to tropical. It also seeks to explain attempts made to overcome those problems. To simplify the presentation, the thesis is divided into two sections.

      Section I deals with the problems. The first three chapters are concerned with the enormous environmental difficulties which arose out of imperfect methods of human waste disposal, attempts to control noxious trades, and some examples of gigantic drainage nuisances. The rest of this section is devoted to a detailed analysis of particular diseases which presented Queenslanders with considerable difficulties from 1859-1914. These six chapters deal with typhoid fever, diphtheria, cholera, leprosy, smallpox, and bubonic plague.

      Section II outlines the methods used to provide solutions to Queensland's health problems. Individual chapters are devoted to the early struggle for health legislation, the first reasonably effective Queensland health act, and the much more comprehensive and useful measures passed in the early twentieth century.

      The short conclusion draws together the recurring.themes of the thesis, such as the gradual realization of the need for government involvement in the protection of the public health, the growing tendency towards centralization, and personal liberty as a casualty of the protection of the common good.
Keyword Public health -- Queensland -- History
Public health in Queensland 1859-1914
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