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Influenza pandemic depot, 1918


Central Medicine Depot, Cathedral Square, Christchurch, 4 December 1918. This photo shows the former Patriotic Bazaar converted by the Public Health Department to dispense 'Government Standard Influenza Medicine'.

The sign on the right says: 'Stimulants for Patients. Small Bottles of Whisky, Brandy or Stout will be sold at the Central Medicine Depot'. The partly obscured sign at left reads: 'Medicine Supplied Only to Poor People with actual bad cases in the house'.

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Alexander Turnbull Library
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