Sister Annie, Sydney and The Spanish Flu


A century ago, a world already at war faced its worst-ever natural disaster: Spanish Flu. But in late 1918, this plague, which would claim as many as 100 million lives, was yet to infect Australia, with Sydney’s North Head Quarantine Station becoming the frontline in the battle against the deadly invader. Young nurse Annie Egan was among those brave souls who risked their lives to help the infected. Her fate sparked a furore — and foreshadowed what awaited many Australians in 1919.


1918.12.29 - The Sun headline - Goblin of Horror






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  1. There is a plaque in the chapel at my alma Mater Sydney Hospital commemorating two more nurses who died there “nursing the pneumonic influenza “

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