‘We take no risks at all’: a voice from the Spanish flu outbreak The Guardian

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‘We take no risks at all’: a voice from the Spanish flu outbreak

Matthew Curlewis

A letter from an ancestor who worked as a nurse in Sydney during the Spanish flu reaffirms what we know about societal responsibility and protecting others

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Does history repeat? Ask an ancestor.

I was in hotel quarantine when I discovered a letter written in 1919 by my great-aunt Jean about her work as a voluntary aide during Australia’s Spanish flu outbreak.

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