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Great-Uncle Charlie had TB

Prior to the 1950s tuberculosis was the health scourge of the world and the major cause of death and illness. Treatments varied over time ranging from bloodletting, various nostrums and removal to sanatoriums.


The Black Death (Plague) in Australia

Bubonic Plague in Australia


Just what did cause their death?

Death certificates, while fantastic documents providing essential information, were never designed for family historians. Establishing the cause of death is important for completion of our research but also for establishing a medical health history of a family.

However unfamililar terms are common. Exactly what does marasmus, apoplexy, scrofula inanition mean as the cause of death?

This presentation explains the evolution of the death certificate, the advances in medical knowledge and shows how some of the pitfalls of death certificate research can be avoided.


Causes of death: Fact or fiction?

Death certificates through time.


Tasmanian Cyclopedia 1931

Cyclopedia of Tasmania 1900

The Cyclopedias that were published for most states of Australia around the beginning of the 20th Century are a vast resource of historical and biographical information. They cover the people, towns, industries, professional, commercial and social institutions and much more.

The Cyclopedias include thousands of illustrations, the larger number of these being portraits of those whose biographies are included.

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