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Shakespeare Fans

Brisbane Shakespeare Society, in costume for Henry the Fifth, 1918

This is the Brisbane Shakespeare Society, dressed up for a production of Henry V at the Exhibition Building on 23 April 1918. Queenslanders at the time seemed to be equal fans of Shakespeare and Edward, the Prince of Wales. In 1920, to honor a visit by the Prince, they went all out with a Shakespeare … Read more

SLQ and the Spanish Flu (Chronicles of State Library of Queensland)


In 1919, the Spanish flu arrived in Australia. This flu pandemic resulted in the deaths of over 50 million people worldwide, including the lives of approximately 12,000 Australians. Despite quarantine restrictions the first cases of Spanish Influenza in Queensland were reported on May 3, 1919. The arrival of the pandemic saw the Royal Queensland Show … Read more