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QSA Talks: Governing the Flu - Queensland’s anti-epidemic measures 1919

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Queensland State Archives

435 Compton Road

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QSA Talks in a series of free history seminars hosted by Queensland State Archives.

Governing the Flu: Queensland’s anti-epidemic measures 1919, presented by Matthew Wengert

Join author Matthew Wengert as he discusses his book 'City in Masks: How Brisbane fought the Spanish Flu'. Matthew’s research draws on QSA records related to the 1919 Pneumonic Influenza (‘Spanish Flu’) epidemic, including correspondence files between departmental health officials and medical practitioners, as well as statistical records and gazetted regulations. The 1919 epidemic was an unprecedented global event that cost millions of lives, and the records within QSA’s collection reveal the preparations and responses of the Queensland Government to this threat.

About Matthew Wengert

Matthew Wengert is a researcher and writer with a particular interest in medical history and Queensland’s colonial frontier. In 2017 he was awarded a Griffith Review Writing Fellowship, and in 2018 received the Brisbane City Council’s Lord Mayor’s Helen Taylor Research Award for Local History (which funded the ‘City in Masks’ project). His next major project is a book titled ‘Thomas Griffin’s Fall’, a factual story of greed and murder in central Queensland in the 1860s.

About the book

‘City in Masks: How Brisbane fought the Spanish Flu’ is a narrative history of this city’s encounter with the biggest killer in history. The 1919 epidemic was the deadliest disaster Brisbane ever endured. The story is, of course, dramatic and sad. It’s also inspirational: not only in terms of the heroic work done by doctors and nurses, but because hundreds of women organised themselves to help keep thousands of dangerously sick people alive by taking care of the fundamental basics of life. Copies of this book will be available for sale at the event for $25 with card or card payment.

Image credit: State Library of Queensland neg 108241


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What are my transport/parking options for getting to and from the event?

  • Car: Queensland State Archives is located at 435 Compton Road, Runcorn. Free parking is available on site between 9am – 4.30pm Monday to Friday, and every second Saturday of the month.

  • Train: The nearest train station is Fruitgrove Station, on Beenleigh Road, between Nursery Road and Persse Road, Runcorn. The station car park entry is on the Nectarine Street side, near the junction of Mango and Plum Streets. Please check the train timetables before planning your journey.

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  • Walking directions from Fruitgrove Station: The walk from Fruitgrove Station to the State Archives building takes approximately 45 minutes (3.5 kilometres).

  • Bus: Brisbane City Council Bus route no. 150 from Queen St Bus Station stops on the corner of Gowan and Compton Roads, approximately 900 metres from QSA. Brisbane City Council Bus route no. 152 from Garden City stops at Eisenhower Street, directly opposite Queensland State Archives (check TransLink for the current timetable).

Event Cancellation Policy

Please note this seminar can be cancelled for unforeseen circumstances or if minimum numbers are not reached. In this event participants will be contacted accordingly and as soon as possible.

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  • QSA seminars have limited spaces and involve preparation by the facilitator. If you're unable to make the event please cancel your registration via the Eventbrite ticket or via email to programs@archives.qld.gov.au

  • You are welcome to transfer your booking to another person prior to the event commencing. Please confirm this arrangement in writing to programs@archives.qld.gov.au

How can I contact the organiser with any questions?

Please contact Public Program Officer Elysha Rei at 07 3037 6721 or via email to programs@archives.qld.gov.au

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