09 October 2020
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 and continued to strike down soldiers and civilians through the Armistice celebrations and into the new year of 1919. Highly contagious and virulent, the only way to limit the spread of the virus was through quarantine, isolation, good personal hygiene, and suspending all public gatherings. In 2020 the same measures have been in place to limit the spread of COVID-19.
Curator Elise Edmonds will talk about the impact of these two pandemics, 100 years apart, on the people of NSW.