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  • Ten outriders accompanying Dr. Wu Lien-teh and his Chinese research team, 1911

    Politics and Government · Events
    This photograph shows ten outriders accompanying Dr. Wu Lien-teh and his Chinese research team on their plague investigations in Mongolia in 1911. They are all in uniform and on horses. This was taken on a plain. Title devised by Library staff.
  • Dr Wu Lien-teh conducting plague experiment with colleagues in the open field, 1921

    Personalities · Economy · Events
    Dr Wu Lien-teh, left. This photograph shows Dr. Wu Lien-teh, a Penang-born physician and another doctor conducting plague experiments in an open field. The experiments are conducted on animals which are kept in cages on the left. This photograph was taken in 1921, during the second epidemic of pneumonic plague...
  • Plague patients, 1910-1911

    Events
    This photograph shows a document with photographs. Except for a small block of Chinese characters on the right, the text is in Russian. At the bottom of the document are eight photographs out of which seven show how plague patients in China are transported and treated. One shows the cremation...
  • Liu and Chang, the two brave herbalists who stayed on at the plague hospital for three months and treated 2,000 patients, 1911

    Personalities · Politics and Government · Events
    This photograph shows Liu and Chang, two brave herbalists who stayed on at the plague hospital for three months and treated 2,000 patients in 1911. In this photograph they are with a medical personnel who is dressed in protective clothing covering all parts of his body except for the upper...
  • Working on open plains during plague investigations, 1911

    Nature and Environment · Events
    This photograph shows a team of personnel working on open plains during plague investigations in China in 1911. There are two tents and a small simple house. Two men in military uniforms are standing guard outside one of the tents. Two men in white laboratory coats are outside the house....
  • Anti-plague squad wearing protective masks on their rounds during epidemic, Dalainor, 1921

    Personalities · Events
    This is a group photograph of the members of an anti-plague squad. They are on horses and wear protective masks on their rounds during the pneumonic epidemic in China in 1921. Part of a one-storey building is on the right while a train wagon marked with a "X" is in...
  • Roman Catholic compound, where 250 bodies were collected, 1911

    Streets and Places · Events
    This photograph shows the entrance to the hospital run by the Roman Catholics in China. 250 bodies of plague victims were collected from here in 1911. Part of an one-storey building blocked by wooden walls can be seen on the left of the entrance. Title devised by Library staff.
  • House-to-house search for plague suspects and victims, 1921

    Events
    This photograph shows searchers conducting a search for plague suspects and victims at a house. House-to-house searches were conducted. Three of the searchers are in white protective gowns while a man is in uniform. They are outside a house. This was taken in 1921. Title devised by Library staff.
  • Carting away the dead, 1921

    Events
    This photograph shows three men observing workers as they prepare to transport dead bodies in a horse wagon. They are wearing face masks. This was taken during a plague in China. Title devised by Library staff.
  • Disposal of corpses with long prongs, 1921

    Events
    This photograph shows two corpse collectors using long prongs to handle corpses The corpses are victims of a plague in China. The corpses are being moved to a horse wagon. The corpse collectors are fully covered in protective clothing. This was taken in 1921. Title devised by Library staff.
  • Preparing the dead for cremation, 1921

    Events
    This photograph shows two corpse collectors preparing the dead for cremation. Fully covered in protective clothing including face masks the corpse collectors handle the bodies using long prongs. The bodies belong to the victims of a plague in China in 1921. Title devised by Library staff.
  • Russian methods in plague times, 1921

    Events
    Corpse collectors were equipped with long prongs. This photograph shows three corpse collectors and a supervisor standing beside a hose wagon. Following Russian methods the three corpse collectors use long prongs to handle corpses of victims of a plague in China. The corpses are transported using horse wagons. The corpse...
  • Dr. Wu Lien-teh and his research team travelling in horse-drawn carriages for plague investigation in Mongolia, 1911

    Personalities · Politics and Government · Events
    This photograph shows seven Siberian horse soldiers with a few non-soldiers. There are also two horse carriages. These soldiers accompany Dr. Wu Lien-teh, a Penang-born physician, and his research team on their plague investigations in Mongolia. Dr. Wu (second from left) and his team travelled in horse carriages . This...
  • The dead from a Roman Catholic compound being cremated, 1911

    Events
    This photograph shows the cremation of bodies of plague victims collected from the hospital run by the Roman Catholics in China. In all 250 bodies were collected from the hospital in 1911. This is a mass cremation carried out in the outdoors. Title devised by Library staff.
  • Victims of pneumonic plague thrown out of their houses, Dalainor, 1921

    Events
    This photograph shows a victim of the pneumonic plague who had been thrown out of his house in Dalainor. This happened during the plague in China in 1921. The shadows of a few men can be seen in the photograph. Title devised by Library staff.
  • Russian cart for anti-plague work, 1921

    Events · Transportation
    In the background is Harbin Hospital. This photograph shows a Russian cart used in Harbin for anti-plague work. A driver and another person are sitting on the cart while a third person is leaning against the cart. All three are wearing face masks. This photograph was taken in 1921, during...
  • Men on duty around isolation wagons, Harbin, 1921

    Politics and Government · Events
    This photograph shows 14 men on duty around isolation wagons in Harbin in 1921. The men are fully covered in protective clothing with face masks. In the foreground are four men carrying an empty stretcher. A man in military uniform is standing behind the stretcher. A row of nine men...
  • Plague striken Fuchiatien, 1911

    Streets and Places · Events
    This photograph shows a street in a plague-stricken Fuchiatien, Harbin, China. Rows of single-storey houses can be seen on both sides of the street. A man is standing at his window in a house on the right. Outside each of two other houses on the left is a man. A...
  • 31 January 1911. Coffins and coffins

    Events
    This photograph shows coffins belonging to victims of the plague in China in 1911. The coffins have been transported to a mass cremation site. Some workers in dark clothing are at the site and can be seen in the background. This was taken on 31 January 1911. Title devised by...
  • Tarabagan in hibernation

    Nature and Environment · Events
    This photograph shows six photographs of captured wild tarabagans in hibernation. Tarabagans were the cause of two plagues in North Manchuria and East Manchuria in 1910-11 and 1920-21. These tarabagans were caught for research purposes. Title devised by Library staff.
  • Small wild rodents

    Nature and Environment · Events
    This photograph shows 13 photographs of small wild rodents that were captured in China. A short write-up on the brown rat and the black rat is in the centre. Both are believed to be carriers of plague. Title devised by Library staff.
  • Isolation wagon and horse cart

    Events · Politics and Government
    This photograph shows a horse cart parked near a stationery train. A Russian man is standing on the cart and another is at an opening in a train wagon. The train wagons are marked with "X"s and are used to isolate plague victims in China. Title devised by Library staff.
  • Lay staff making antiplague masks, 1921

    Economy · Events
    This photograph shows five lay staff who were involved in making anti-plague masks. All five ladies work in the Harbin laboratory. The lady on the right appears to be cutting white fabric. The table they use is fully-covered with many layers of white fabric. This photograph was taken in 1921....
  • Various wild rodents

    Nature and Environment · Events
    This photograph shows 12 photographs of small wild rodents that were captured in China, each photograph showing a specific species. Rodents are believed to be carriers of plague. Title devised by Library staff.