The Wretched Flu: the 1919 Influenza Pandemic in Botany & Mascot

When the Spanish Flu pandemic appeared towards the end of World War I, it killed more than 50 million people worldwide. At home, in Botany and Mascot, local communities rallied to fight the flu and protect their own. Hear their stories through letters, photos and archives.

How did ‘the Spanish flu’ affect the everyday lives of the people of Sydney in 1919? The pandemic affected every household – whether healthy or not. Schools and churches were closed and the wearing of masks in public was made compulsory. Businesses also closed and breadwinners were thrown out of work. Doctors, nurses and the Voluntary Aid Detachments worked tirelessly to treat the sick. Community History Librarian, Jenny MacRitchie will talk about the impact of the pandemic in Botany and Mascot – the inoculations, casualties and the public health measures introduced to keep residents safe. Come and hear their stories of loss and survival.

Doors will open at 2.15pm

Event date

Event Details

2 Hatfield Street, Mascot, New South Wales
The library is located in the carpark behind Botany Road. Carpark entry from King and High Streets.
2.30 pm to 4.30 pm
Entry fees:
Prebooking required
Attendance limit:
50 - 100
Onsite facilities: