Reliving History: The disaster that Australia forgot

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Welcome to Reliving History, a special series within Good Weekend Talks that revisits key moments in Australian history through the eyes of First Nations people, providing new perspectives on events that changed the country and unearthing stories that have long been hidden or forgotten.

In this episode, we go back to 1919, when Australia was in the grip of the Spanish influenza. When the virus crept into a small Aboriginal settlement in Queensland, the community experienced a disaster unlike any other in the nation's history – yet much of the story remains untold.

You'll hear how the disaster unfolded, through interviews with Aboriginal elder Eric Law, historian Matthew Wengert and a rare recording of Evelyn Serico, who was 12 when the virus swept through her home town.

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

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