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Join us on 14 August 2019 for an expert talk, as part of this year’s Sydney Science Festival, where we will explore the fascinating history of the “Spanish ‘Flu” pandemic, which reached Parramatta in 1919.

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This year sees the centenary of the the deadly pneumonic influenza pandemic sweeping the world, killing an astonishing 50-100 million people.

At this event, we will trace the origin of the deadly virus, and review its inexorable march across the world, in the immediate aftermath of World War 1.

We will then use local and personal histories to explore how the City of Parramatta prepared for the disease, and its impact on local society, commerce and domestic life.

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

Expert speakers:

Professor Dominic Dwyer, Medical Virologist, Westmead Hospital

Michelle Goodman, Archivist, Parramatta Heritage Centre

Event details:

Wednesday 14th August 2019

6.00 – 7.30pm

Darug Room, Parramatta Central Library

1-3 Fitzwilliam Street, Parramatta, NSW, 2150

$5 per person

Read more about the Pandemic in Parramatta here.

Make sure you check out the Sydney Science Festival 2019 program 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!