Commentary: 'Just the tip of the iceberg': Queensland's experience of the influenza pandemic of 1918-20

Hodgson, Patrick (2020) Commentary: 'Just the tip of the iceberg': Queensland's experience of the influenza pandemic of 1918-20. Queensland Review, 27 (2). pp. 154-165.

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Abstract

This article provides a synopsis of the spread of epidemic influenza throughout Queensland in 1919-20.(1) Statewide the story was, to a greater or lesser extent, the same - regardless of occupation or whether one was from the city or the bush, on the coast or in the far west, no one was immune; even being 300 kilometres from the nearest epicentre of the outbreak was no guarantee of safety. An examination of the state's newspapers, particularly the Brisbane Courier, makes it evident that outbreaks of influenza erupted almost simultaneously throughout the state. Aided and abetted by Queensland's network of railways and coastal shipping, together with the crowding of people at country shows, race meetings and celebrations of the formal conclusion of World War I, the disease was swiftly diffused throughout the state. This article hopes to give the reader a sense of how the sheer scale and urgency of the crisis at times overwhelmed authorities and communities.

Item ID: 66073
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1321-8166
Copyright Information: © The Author(s) 2020.
Date Deposited: 06 Jan 2021 07:35
FoR Codes: 43 HISTORY, HERITAGE AND ARCHAEOLOGY > 4303 Historical studies > 430302 Australian history @ 100%
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