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Pandemic in Parramatta

An immersive, expert talk exploring the medical and social impact of the 1919 ‘Spanish ‘Flu” Pandemic on Parramatta.

When: Wednesday, August 14 2019. 6:00 PM to 7:30 PM
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Where: Parramatta City Library
1-3 Fitzwilliam Street, Parramatta, NSW, 2150
Topic: Health and medical
Cost: $5 per person
Other: Wheelchair access

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. Join us on this centenary anniversary year for an immersive expert talk, where social history and medical virology intersect, to explore the impact of the pandemic on Parramatta.

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.

Contact details:

Parramatta Heritage and Visitor Information Centre City of Parramatta
Phone: 02 8839 3311

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