The event will feature Dr Stephen Gapps, President History Council, who will consider historical context and relationships between past and present, and Sarah Luke, author of Callan Park, Hospital for the Insane will explore the relationship between Callan Park and Nautical School Ships for boys, Vernon and Sobraon.
The Museum of Fire’s Historic Display will showcase some of their rarely seen heritage vehicles from the Museum’s collection. Supported by the Historic Fire Engine Association, please join the Museum of Fire for their final event for History Week 2020.
Please join the Blue Mountains Historical Society in a History Week 2020 photographic event about the history of epidemics. The exhibition covers disease and health broadly and includes not just tuberculosis but also other infectious diseases, the influenza epidemic of 1919. The exhibition attempts to put the disease in the Blue Mountains context.
This display compares two pandemics, one century apart. Just over a century ago, the world was gripped by the pneumonic influenza pandemic. In 1918 the virus, then known as the Spanish flu, raged through military camps of ally and enemy alike. It continued to strike down soldiers and civilians through the Armistice celebrations and into the new year of 1919. More people died of influenza than fighting in the war. In 2019 coronavirus (COVID-19) started its deadly spread. As this new virus continues to impact our communities, our health and our economy, history shows us that pandemics occur with startling frequency, yet in each generation there are stories of sacrifice and service, of loss and compassion.