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Author Campbell, Judy, 1933-

Title Invisible invaders : smallpox and other diseases in Aboriginal Australia, 1780-1880 / Judy Campbell
Published Carlton South, Vic. : Melbourne University Press, 2002


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 W'PONDS  614.521089 Cam/Iis  AVAILABLE
Description xiv, 266 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, maps, portraits ; 23 cm
regular print
Contents Foreword / Frank Fenner -- 1. Aboriginal Australians and Old World Diseases -- 2. 'The most dreadful scourge of the human species' -- 3. Myths -- 4. The Indonesian Archipelago 1780-1880 -- 5. Hidden History -- 6. The Frontiers of Eastern Australia 1824-1830 -- 7. The Colony of New South Wales 1828-1832 -- 8. Eastern Australia 1860-1867 -- 9. Western Australia 1860-1870 -- 10. The Diseases that Killed
Summary "An epidemic of smallpox among Aboriginal people around the infant colony of Sydney in 1789 puzzled the British, for there had been no cases on the ships of the First Fleet. Where, then, did the epidemic come from? As explorers moved further inland, they witnessed other epidemics of smallpox, notably in the late 1820s and early 1830s and again in the 1860s and 1870s. They also encountered many pockmarked survivors of early epidemics. In Invisible Invaders, Judy Campbell argues that epidemics of smallpox among Australian Aboriginals preceded European settlement. She believes they originated in regular visits to the northern coast of Australia by Macassan fishermen from southern Sulawesi and nearby islands. They were searching for trepang, for which there was a profitable market in China. The Macassan fishermen usually visited during the monsoon season, and the local Indigenous people traded with them. Once the monsoon was over, these Aboriginals resumed their travels into the interior for food, social contact and ritual events, carrying small pox with them. Smallpox thus slowly moved across the continent, eventually reaching the south-east, where it was first recorded by Europeans. Judith Campbell's research on the incidence of smallpox and other diseases among Aboriginal people has extended over more than twenty years. Accumulating evidence from other disciplines supports her findings." -- BOOK JACKET
Analysis Aborigines
Disease outbreaks
History, Pre-1801
History, 1801-1900
Notes Includes index
Bibliography Includes bibliography (pages 248-260) and index
Notes Donation. ANU COOP 20120212 Brissenden collection, ANU Library
Signed by author 1 copy. ANU
Subject Tuberculosis.
Smallpox -- Australia -- History.
Aboriginal Australians -- History.
Aboriginal Australians -- Diseases.
Indigenous peoples -- Australia.
Aboriginal Australians -- Diseases -- History -- 19th century.
Aboriginal Australians -- Diseases -- History -- 18th century.
Aboriginal Australians -- Diseases -- History.
Smallpox -- History.
Tuberculosis -- Australia -- History.
Measles -- Australia -- History.
Smallpox -- Australia -- History -- 18th century.
Smallpox -- Australia -- History -- 19th century.
Epidemics -- Australia -- History.
Aboriginal Australians
Disease Outbreaks.
Disease Outbreaks -- history.
Smallpox -- epidemiology.
Oceanic Ancestry Group -- history.
Oceanic Ancestry Group.
Continental Population Groups.
Poxviridae Infections.
Public Health.
DNA Virus Infections.
Environment and Public Health.
Population Groups.
Virus Diseases.
Delivery of Health Care.
Named Groups
Australia -- History -- 19th century.
Genre/Form History.
LC no. 2002391153
ISBN 0522849393 paperback