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Talk: The Spanish Flu & Other Stories
May 7 @ 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm
Following a chance encounter at an Open Day at the Thomas Walker Hospital, Trish was granted access to a diary written by a young lady who had enrolled as a Voluntary Aide to work at the Thomas Walker Hospital during the Spanish Flu pandemic in 1919.
What she first read as an interesting piece of local history suddenly came to life as a more serious narrative. This aroused Trish’s interest in the Spanish Flu and led to her scouring though old newspaper reports in Trove. The more she read, the more horrifying that time seemed to be and, in her own words, “There was a story crying out to be told”.
Trish will be talking about her book, “Frontline of the Pandemic: Australia 1919”, as well as other wartime stories from that era that were also crying out to be told.
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