Posts by Gordon Ell

Kiwiosities: The Spanish Influenza

Excerpts from Kiwiosities, a book by Gordon Ell on the traditions and folklore of New Zealand.

An outbreak of Spanish influenza killed some 6716 New Zealanders late in 1918. The worldwide epidemic took millions of lives elsewhere. Some believed the disease was brought into New Zealand by the passenger ship Niagara that also bore Prime Minister William Massey and Finance Minister Joseph Ward back from a First World War conference.

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