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Digital Photograph - After Small Pox Vaccination, St Margaret Island, circa 1910 Image Reg. No: MM 110272

This image was taken on St. Margaret Island in Gippsland. The children are all rugged up after receiving their smallpox vaccination, mostly likely from the photographer himself, the local doctor. This house was the only residence on St Margaret Island. The family would use it for camping.

The O'Connor family leased the island for a period of time in the early 20th century. They used the island to graze their cattle in the summer and they would swim the animals across to the island. The photographer of this image, Doctor Sydney Pern, was a friend of the family, who lived in Yarram. In addition to his duties as the local GP, he was an enthusiastic amateur photographer.
Description Of Content:
Three girls and boy wrapped in rugs and wearing hats, standing outside picket fence and farm house, Saint Margaret Island, about 1910.
Acquisition Information:
Copied from Ms Helen Hickey, 2006
Discipline: History

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Tagged with: making history - st margaret island
Themes this item is part of: Medicine in Society Collection, Melbourne's Biggest Family Album Collection
Primary Classification: MEDICINE & HEALTH
Secondary Classification: General Practice
Tertiary Classification: immunisations
People Depicted: O'Connor, Eileen; unknown boy; Bodman, Mollie; O'Connor, Gray
Format: Digital Still Image: Black & White; Tiff
Place & Date Depicted: Saint Margaret Island, Gippsland, Victoria, Australia, circa 1910

Source of Date Depicted: Based on the contributor's knowledge of the people in the photograph.
Photographer: Dr Sydney Pern

Relationship of Photographer to Contributor: Family friend.

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