Diptheria Deaths  

22 February 1866 The Tumut and Adelong Times 

This prevailing epidemic is making sad havoc amongst the juveniles of our little community.

In our obituary it will be seen that Wagga Wagga has not escaped, as the loss in the family of the Rev. Mr. Fox will mournfully testify.

In our neighbourhood, Lacmalac has had its full share, for in one family, that of Mr. Walter Kitto, three have already been laid in their graves, and the fourth and only remaining child is now prostrate.

In the town several children are suffering from throat affections; and our medical men have to be constantly on the move.

On Tuesday last Mr. Keeran Claffey interred one of his children, who had fallen a victim to this dread malady.

It is an undoubted fact that in every case in Tumut where medical aid has been sought at the first symptoms of throat affection, no results have been fatal; but delays have proved dangerous in more than one instance lately.

When once the malady attains a certain stage, it is not only difficult but very dangerous to combat with.

This report appears in many newspapers across Australia.

Ed. tumuthistory.com