Story: The voyage out

A shipboard measles epidemic

A shipboard measles epidemic

This report on the arrival of the ship Aldergrove at Port Chalmers in 1875 illustrates the devastating effects of disease in a confined space. During the voyage from Edinburgh, 20 children had died of measles. The epidemic had taken hold despite good ventilation on the ship.

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Reference: Appendix to the Journals of the House of Representatives (New Zealand), 1876, D–3, no. 9, p. 7.

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John Wilson, 'The voyage out - Sickness at sea', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/document/4227/a-shipboard-measles-epidemic (accessed 26 September 2020)

Story by John Wilson, published 8 Feb 2005