Women wearing surgical masks during influenza epidemic, Brisbane, 1919
At the end of the First World War, in 1918 and 1919, the ‘Spanish flu’ pandemic killed more than 30 million people worldwide. As an island, Australia was able to quarantine people when they arrived by sea. Despite this, about 15,000 Australians died of the flu in 1919.
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