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Histories of the Spanish Flu in Australia

September 8 @ 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm

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History of the Spanish Flu in Australia, Ep. 2 

In a conversation facilitated by A/Prof Nancy Cushing, Dr Lisa Murray will draw upon the rich collections of the City of Sydney Archives to show how the city council acted to control the flu. The 1918-19 pneumonic influenza pandemic, or ‘Spanish Flu’ was the most severe pandemic of the 20th Century. It was found to be caused by an H1N1 virus of avian origin and it spread worldwide during 1918-1919. Although it was named the ‘Spanish Flu’, the virus did not originate in Spain, but it is thought it may have spread to Europe from the USA.

It is thought that approximately 500 million people, or one-third of the world’s population, became infected with this virus, with the number of deaths estimated to be in the vicinity of 50 million .

The ‘Spanish flu’ arrived in Australia in 1918. About a third of all Australians were infected and nearly 15,000 people died from it.


Tuesday 8 September 2020, 5.30 pm

Free event. No registration required.


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