Historical information

The 1918 flu pandemic was a deadly pandemic which infected 500 million people worldwide and killed millions. There is still discussion as to where the disease originated but there is the movement of troops at the end of WW1 contributed to the spread of the disease. This article deals with methods of disease and infection control.


This article is significant because it is a first- hand record and gives a local perspective to a world- wide event.

Physical description

Three pages of typed details about the Spanish flu in Warrnambool as recorded by volunteer Nurse Mrs Vera Giles. There are also photographs included and Victorian BDM records as well as general information on the 1918 Flu pandemic.

Inscriptions & markings

Covering letter from Mrs Giles’ daughter, Aurelin, dated January 22, 2015