When the Spanish flu shut down Queensland

Police at Coolangatta, as part of the Queensland Police Border Patrol, May 23, 1919. Photo: Queensland Police Museum

Over hundred years ago the Spanish Flu was scourge of the entire world, much like COVID-19 is today.
Starting in the crowded camps of the First World War, the Spanish Flu killed thousands of people in the northern hemisphere before entering Sydney in January 1919.
The Queensland Government closed its borders and established quarantine camps along its southern boundary at Wallangarra and Coolangatta.
Travellers were required to remain in the camps for seven days before being allowed to enter the state and strict inspection of all ships was carried out.

By the end of 1919 the virus had mostly run its course though the cost was high with 284 Queenslanders losing their lives