Kōrero: Epidemics

In memoriam

A gravestone in a cemetery listing the names of five children from the same family.

Scarlet fever was a major killer in the 19th century. This gravestone in Bolton Street Cemetery in Wellington shows how devastating this disease could be. Five Wallace children, whose ages ranged from three to 11, died from scarlet fever between 5 and 24 May 1865. A sixth child (not commemorated on this gravestone) died three months later. The cause of death is inscribed at the bottom of the gravestone, accompanied by a passage from the King James Bible: ‘Suffer little children to come unto me, and forbid them not, for of such is the kingdom of God.’

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Te tuhi tohutoro mō tēnei whārangi:

Geoff Rice, 'Epidemics - The typhoid era, 1810s to 1890s', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/mi/photograph/27778/in-memoriam (accessed 16 April 2024)

He kōrero nā Geoff Rice, i tāngia i te 5 May 2011, reviewed & revised 8 Feb 2024