As the coronavirus sweeps the world, we take a local look at the last pandemic in 1919.
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ACCOMMODATION FOR ISOLATION OF SHEARERS.
Carcoar Chronicle - May 2 1919
As the shearing season is about to commence in certain districts of the State, the Minister of Public Health desires to invite attention to the necessity for action being taken to provide for the isolation of shearers and others at the different sheds in the event of any sickness suspicious of influenza occurring.
Mr. Fitzgerald recommends that the owners or managers of the various stations provide a small room or tent where such cases could be dealt with, thus preventing as far as possible spread of the disease to the remainder of the employees.
MR. ALEX. McCOOEY.
Carcoar Chronicle - July 11 1919
Another resident of the district passed away at Forest Reefs on Wednesday last, when Mr. Alex. McCooey succumbed to influenza.
He had taken a severe cold a week previously, and went to bed.
Medical assistance was obtained, but, although everything was done for him, death ensued.
Deceased was a native of the Camden district, and was the son of Mrs. and the late Mr. Joseph McCooey, the former, who is a very old lady, residing at Forest Reefs.
Mr. McCooey married a Miss Hooper, of Forest Reefs, and she and one child of five years remain to suffer the loss of husband and father.
IN OTHER NEWS
The brothers and sisters of deceased living are :- Messrs. Harry (Sydney), Edward (Brown's Creek) and Joseph McCooey (Forest Reefs), Mrs. Thomas (Sydney), Mrs. Kelly (Spring Terrace), Mrs Hammond (Chatswood), Mrs. V. Connolly (Orange), and Miss Jane McCooey, of Forest Reefs.
The funeral took place on Thursday, when many old friends, among whom deceased was a great favorite, gathered to pay a last tribute. Rev. Father Brosman officiated at the burial.
Mr. Dave Reed, of Blayney, carrying out the arrangements.
A letter was received from the Carcoar committee in charge of arrangements in connection with the pneumonic-influenza outbreak, asking what assistance the hospital could render in the event of an outbreak.
Mr. Pillinger was of opinion that every assistance possible should be rendered.
Dr. Hawthorne said patients could be admitted to the hospital and isolated there.
There were four beds in the isolation ward.
It was decided to reply that the isolation ward would be available to the committee should an outbreak occur.
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