The catastrophe that Australia forgot

Welcome to Reliving Historical past, a particular sequence inside Good Weekend Talks that revisits key moments in Australian historical past via the eyes of First Nations individuals, offering new views on occasions that modified the nation and unearthing tales which have lengthy been hidden or forgotten.

On this episode, we return to 1919, when Australia was within the grip of the Spanish influenza. When the virus crept right into a small Aboriginal settlement in Queensland, the neighborhood skilled a disaster unlike any other within the nation’s historical past – but a lot of the story stays untold.

You may hear how the catastrophe unfolded, via interviews with Aboriginal elder Eric Legislation, historian Matthew Wengert and a uncommon recording of Evelyn Serico, who was 12 when the virus swept via her dwelling city.

Warning to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander listeners: this podcast comprises the voice of somebody who has died.