In the pre-antibiotic era that so many of our ancestors lived, illness among the children could become deadly very quickly.
How tragic it was for this family. Reported in Ballarat in January 1872 (Trove)
Unfortunately the disease spread quickly in unprotected populations and newspaper reports, like this one from Victoria, were not uncommon.
She remembered her days at Kelvin Grove State School when there had been cases and a number of her schoolmates had fallen ill with some deaths.
Below is my Mother’s vaccination card.
The jab was such a small price to pay