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When “Spanish Flu” came to Australia
February 27 @ 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM$25 – $40
COVID-19 is not the first pandemic Australia has faced. In early 1918 word was spreading of a virulent disease in the USA and by the end of April had reached the Western Front and England. The southern hemisphere waiting dreading what was likely and in October 1918 it reached New Zealand.
“Spanish Flu” infected ~500 million people (1/3 of the world’s population) with an estimated 50 million deaths.
The pandemic was handled on many different levels from the Federal government to State governments to towns and individuals. In this time around 40% of the Australian population became ill and 15000 died. In some Indigenous communities, there was a 50% death toll.
We’ll look at the progress of the outbreak and what was done by whom between October 1918 and early 1920.
Helen is the founder of Dragon Genealogy, a speaker researcher and author who has been researching family history since 1986 in Australia, England, Ireland, and Wales with forays into other areas of the world chasing after mobile family members. She has spoken in every state and territory in Australia, and internationally in New Zealand, Canada, the USA, England, and aboard the Unlock the Past cruises.