The Contagious Diseases Amendment Act 1879 also known by its full title 'An Act to amend "The Contagious Diseases Act 1879"'(Act no. 43 Vict. No. 5) provided for contagious diseases hospitals to be built. This had been omitted from the previous Contagious Diseases Act (Act no.42 Vict. No.5) passed earlier in 1879. 'Contagious' was a 'polite' word for sexually transmitted diseases, especially syphilis.
Sources used to compile this entry: Law Research Service, Melbourne Law School, Law Library, The University of Melbourne. 'Find and Connect Project - Tasmanian Legislation', 20 January 2014, held in the project files at the University of Melbourne eScholarship Research Centre.
Prepared by: Caroline Evans
Created: 20 March 2013, Last modified: 26 May 2015