9th November 1832

Guernsey was declared free of cholera

Guernsey was struck by cholera twice in the 19th century: first in 1832 and again in 1849. Both of these coincided with outbreaks on the mainland.

Cholera is an infectious disease usually spread through poor sanitation that causes extreme diarrhoea, which can lead to dehydration and death.

Cholera in Guernsey

The outbreak was centred on St Peter Port and, according to Poverty and Welfare in Guernsey, 1560 – 2015 by Rose-Marie Crossan, “the [parochial cholera] committee … arranged for a public cholera ward to be opened at the Town Hospital to which victims of the disease could be transferred from their homes and treated by the cholera doctors in isolation”.

The first reported death was Jean Martin on 17 October; the last, Samuel Moon on 9 November.

In total, 103 people are known to have died in the 1832 cholera outbreak. As with all diseases, though, it’s possible others died of the same cause, but their deaths either were not locally recorded or were attributed to some other factor.

The outbreak inspired a wave of charitable giving among the better-off residents. As James Marr described in The History of Guernsey,

A particularly noteworthy example of such benevolence is seen in the generosity shown by the wealthy when cholera smote the island in 1832. Not only were several houses provided by their owners as havens of refuge from the risk of infection to which the poor of the Town Hospital could be moved, but a staggering total of more than £1600 (at least £170,000 in 1996 terms) was contributed within 10 days of the launching by Lord de Saumarez of a fund to succour those widowed or orphaned as a consequence of the 103 deaths resulting from the epidemic.


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Other events that occured in November

Car plane air crash caused airport fireball 1st
A hospital worker stood accused of murder 2nd
Sark’s vineyards were vandalised 3rd
The original Torteval church was consecrated 4th
Sibyl Beaumont married Robert Hathaway 5th
The papers were excited by a Guernsey execution 6th
The States agrees to pay the Bailiff 7th
States of Guernsey hired its first independent vet
The Little Theatre was reprieved… for a while 8th
Guernsey was declared free of cholera 9th
Guernsey optician Specsavers was founded 10th
The court considered a Guernsey porn dealer’s testimony 11th
Guernsey Yacht Club was founded 12th
Guernsey aimed for equal adoption rights 13th
Jethou’s tenant fell off his own cliff 14th
Dad’s Army actor John le Mesurier died 15th
A Guernsey recruit regretted signing up 16th
Horticultural painter William Caparne was born 17th
German forces confiscated Guernsey’s radios 18th
A plane crashed on Crevichon 19th
Sark featured in the music charts 20th
Guernsey recruits caused concern in Parliament 21st
First Guernsey competitor took part in Miss World 22nd
A Lancaster bomber crashed on Sark 23rd
Sark women get the right to inherit 24th
Spanish flu arrived on Guernsey 25th
Guernsey held its first full marathon 26th
Admiral Thomas Le Marchant Gosselin died 27th
HMS Boreas sank at Hanois 28th
Radio station Contact 94 went off the air 29th
Royal Guernsey Light Infantry memorial was unveiled 30th