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An Intimate Pandemic: Community Stories

Families and communities across New South Wales have been the custodians of memories and experiences of the pneumonic influenza pandemic throughout the past century. The RAHS would like to share your accounts so that others can understand its diverse and enduring consequences. Please send in short memories, family stories or your researched pieces on the local effects of the flu pandemic, including locations and pictures, if you have them. With your permission, we will post edited stories of the intimate impact of the pandemic here. Together, we can create a patchwork history of the fractured world of 1919.

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A group of men and women wearing white medical masks have their photograph taken at Town Hall.

City staff at the Sydney Town Hall wearing protective masks during the outbreak of Spanish Influenza, c. 1919. [City Archives 093660]