Feb 13, 2008

The 1918 Influenza Epidemic

Influenza Ward, Christchurch Hospital

In November 1918 Christchurch, like most New Zealand towns and cities, was affected by the Influenza pandemic sweeping the world.

Normal life was disrupted and by the time the epidemic had passed 458 people had died (out of a population of 92,773). The nearby Royal Hotel and even the Bishop's residence became over-flow wards for the afflicted.


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