Join us for a fascinating, immersive expert talk where history and medicine combine to explore the 1919 “Spanish ‘flu” pandemic in Parramatta

Image: State Archives and Records NSW

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Darug Room, Parramatta Central Library

1-3 Fitzwilliam Street, Parramatta, NSW, 2150

Wednesday 14th August 2019

6.00 – 7.30pm

$5 per person

The deadly “Spanish ‘Flu” pandemic that swept the world, killing an astonishing 50-100 million people, reached Sydney in January 1919. By March of that year, despite comprehensive attempts at containment, Parramatta was in the grip of an outbreak.

We will consider from where the virus originated and explore how Parramatta, wearily emerging from the horrors and deprivations of the First World War, prepared for the disease’s inexorable approach.

We will also explore the impact of the pandemic on society, commerce and domestic life in Parramatta.

Finally, we will ask – could such a pandemic happen again?

Expert speaker: Professor Dominic Dwyer, Medical Virologist


Make sure you visit to view the full program of fabulous events being presented by the Parramatta Heritage and Visitor Information Centre for this year’s Sydney Science Festival including a Bushmedicine WorkshopFrom Sawbones to Specialists and Science of Archaeology walking tours, plus some great kids’ activities!