March 17th 2pm –Spanish Flu – This walk will begin near the Office.
The first wave of the pandemic hit Melbourne in January 1919 and proved to be the most virulent, the number of infected reaching their greatest height in the second week of February. The pandemic was the most devastating epidemic in recorded history. Worldwide it is thought to have killed an estimated 50 million people, although some experts suggest the total might actually have been twice that number. More died during the pandemic than in the course of the entire First World War, some think possibly more that the First and Second World Wars combined. On this walk we will meet just a few of the many hundreds who died and were buried within the walls of the Brighton Cemetery.