Pandemics and epidemics from the past: The Victorian experience revealed through the collections of the State Library of Victoria

Thursday, October 29, 2020 at 12:00 PM


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Pandemics talk on 29 Oct 2020

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From plagues in ancient times to the current Coronavirus pandemic, communicable diseases have been a recurring danger for humankind. From mask-wearing to the creation of quarantine systems, vaccines, educational campaigns, improvements in water and sewerage systems, and adaptations in hospital and medical practices and hygiene regulations, the social impact of pandemics has been immense. This lunchtime talk will reveal some of the material in the State Library of Victoria collections that depict the way infectious diseases such as typhoid, polio, influenza, measles, and tuberculosis have impacted upon the people of Victoria. 

Presenter: Tim Hogan, a Principal Librarian, Victorian and Australian collections, State Library of Victoria. Tim is the State Library's representative on the HCV Board

This lunchtime talk is an exclusive event for subscribers to the HCV Friends program. It will be held as a Zoom meeting (so we will see each other's faces if we enable our video cameras). Participants will have the opportunity to ask questions.

If you are a Friend of the HCV, please click the RSVP button at the foot of this page to book your place.

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