Report on Female Factory

Evidence Type: Newspaper Report
12 August 1842

The LORD BISHOP asked whether the Medical Board exercised any controul over vaccination for the prevention of small pox? There was very great neglect on this subject amongst the public themselves, and disastrous consequences might be expected if that disease should break out amongst us. It was said, that the system of vaccination was sometimes so entirely lost sight of that the lymph was lost altogether. He thought, if possible, the duty of causing children to be vaccinated should be enforced.

The GOVERNOR said, this was another instance of the laxity of the people in looking after their own interests. Vaccination was gratuitously performed at the dispensary, the hospitals, and at the factory, but people could not be forced to bring their children to be vaccinated.

See Original: “LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL. WEDNESDAY, August 10th, 1842,” The Australian (Sydney, NSW : 1824 – 1848), Friday 12 August 1842, p.2