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Spanish flu epidemic 1917

Shane Patrick O'Donoghue submitted

"I recall my Irish family forebears saying how the Spanish Flu Epidemic of 1917 had affected the venues of Sunday Mass attendances in Bendigo, Victoria, Australia
 
In line with Government decree in this country at that time, gatherings of 20 or more people within a building were prohibited because of the fear of contracting the lethal flu that would often follow.
 
Therefore, whether in rain, hail or sunshine, despite the encumbrance, all Masses were still well attended, (especially by the large Irish population) in the Bendigo area, but were held outside, often beside the Churches.
 
The priest would have the altar arranged often on the steps of the entry to a Church and the large gatherings of worshipers would balloon out over the Church grounds.
 
I have seen a photo of such in years gone by, but can not locate same presently."
Shane Patrick O'Donoghue submitted

"I recall my Irish family forebears saying how the Spanish Flu Epidemic of 1917 had affected the venues of Sunday Mass attendances in Bendigo, Victoria, Australia
 
In line with Government decree in this country at that time, gatherings of 20 or more people within a building were prohibited because of the fear of contracting the lethal flu that would often follow.
 
Therefore, whether in rain, hail or sunshine, despite the encumbrance, all Masses were still well attended, (especially by the large Irish population) in the Bendigo area, but were held outside, often beside the Churches.
 
The priest would have the altar arranged often on the steps of the entry to a Church and the large gatherings of worshipers would balloon out over the Church grounds.
 
I have seen a photo of such in years gone by, but can not locate same presently."
06.04.2018