The Contagious Diseases Act 1882 also known by the full title 'An Act to Further Amend "The Contagious Diseases Act 1879"' (Act no. 46 Vict. No.41) was a minor amendment to the previous contagious diseases legislation. Contagious diseases was a 'polite' word for sexually transmitted diseases, especially syphilis.
Sources used to compile this entry: Brown, Joan C., 'Poverty is not a crime': the development of social services in Tasmania, 1803-1900, Tasmanian Historical Research Association, Hobart, 1972, 192 pp; 'Cascades Female Factory Site', in Australian Heritage Places Inventory, Australian Government, https://dmzapp17p.ris.environment.gov.au/ahpi/action/search/heritage-search/record/RNE100314.
Prepared by: Caroline Evans
Created: 13 January 2012, Last modified: 26 May 2015