17th March, 1909 : Sydney flour millers, James and Joseph Wearne, have died of bubonic plague. Inspection of their mill in Goulburn Street has revealed shocking plague infestation. Health officials have removed 235 dead rats, all of them infected with plague. With plague still being imported on ships and the public very concerned about the disease, there is an outcry over the apparent slackness of the Health Department. An inspector of nuisances has been suspended for allegedly failing to inspect rat-infested premises.

[ And so we go – progressing to middle ages – Paris rats today ]

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