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Spanish Influenza epidemic

Join this Vicfix campaign to cure errors in newspaper articles about the Spanish Flu epidemic of 1919

Vicfix is improving the searchability of digitised newspaper articles and making the hidden details of Victoria's rich history available for everyone.

About the Spanish Influenza epidemic

The deadly Spanish Influenza virus was first detected in Victoria in December 1918. In January 1919 the state was declared infected and placed in quarantine. Public meetings were prohibited, travel in long-distance trains was restricted, the NSW government closed the border with Victoria and public buildings were shut. Around 12,500 Australians – mostly young, healthy adults – died from the highly infectious virus.

Historic newspapers of the period offer a fly-on-the-wall perspective on the community's response to the spread of Spanish Flu, including notices of public lectures and free vaccinations; requests for volunteers to suport medical officers in the event of an epidemic emergency; legal obligations for householders; advice on symptoms, prevention and treatment; and (mistaken) claims that the disease was caused by bacteria.

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The influenza epidemic (Melbourne, Victoria), wood engraving, published by David Syme & Co, Melbourne, 1890

Spanish Influenza epidemic

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