We are hosting this session, based on a series of workshops conducted throughout NSW and sponsored by the Royal Australian Historical Society Inc.
The pneumonic influenza or ‘Spanish flu’ pandemic that circled the world in 1918–19 left few communities untouched. Join us for this practical workshop, where we will review the bigger picture of the pandemic before considering how its impact might be commemorated locally. Participants will explore the value of local sites and collections in uncovering the flu’s personal, social and enduring effects. We will then turn to practical outcomes: how might you transform your research into stories relevant to your community? From monuments and walking tours to websites and booklets, use this workshop to map out practical projects for the centenary year of 2019.
The workshop will be facilitated by Dr Peter Hobbins, a medical historian at the University of Sydney and a Councillor of the Royal Australian Historical Society. His recent book, Stories from the Sandstone: Quarantine Inscriptions from Australia's Immigrant Past, won the NSW Community and Regional History Prize in the 2017 Premier's History Awards.
Light refreshments will be available. Please note location is "behind" Fullerton St address on the Ballast Grounds. Signage will be visible for the event.