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Flu Frenzy

History talk-fest on taming the 1919 Influenza Pandemic

Produced by the City of Sydney

The Royal Australian Historical Society in conjunction with the City of Sydney presents Flu Frenzy.

When the ‘Spanish’ flu hit Sydney in January 1919 it was another blow for a war-weary community.

How did Sydney cope in 1919 when influenza infected a third of the city’s residents? How did the community rise to the challenge? What were their stories of suffering, sacrifice, solidarity and scandal?

Explore how local, family and medical records can help us piece together the intimate impact of this deadly global disease.

Local historians share their insights into the emergency response and how we remember this devastating pandemic.


  • Laila Ellmoos, historian at City of Sydney
  • Dr Peter Hobbins, historian of science, technology and medicine at the University of Sydney
  • Chrys Meader, local historian in Marrickville
  • Dr Lisa Murray, City Historian



Saturday 16 February 2019 from 1pm to 3pm


general public: $15.00
RAHS member: $10.00

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