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Sanitary improvement and mortality in Sydney, New South Wales, 1857-1906: Drinking water and dunnies as determinants

de Looper, Michael; Booth, Heather; Baffour-Awuah, Bernard


Two corollaries of the rapid growth of Sydney, New South Wales, during the nineteenth century were degradation of the water supply and inadequate sanitation. Reform was slow to arrive: a new scheme began to supply clean water from 1886, while connections to the sewerage system increased gradually from less than 25% of the population in 1889 to 80% by 1906. Examination of mortality trends during 1857–1906 shows that decline began in the mid 1880s, led by falls in under-five mortality from...[Show more]

CollectionsANU Research Publications
Date published: 2018
Type: Journal article
Source: The History of the Family
DOI: 10.1080/1081602X.2018.1550725


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