Spanish Flu Exhibit


Spanish influenza pandemic


Photographs, textual records and artifacts from the Bulkley Valley Museum's 2018-19 exhibit "INFLUENZA: The Spanish Flu in Smithers. Items may be related to the Spanish Flu itself or to the wider history of medicine, health care, and the town of Smithers.


Bulkley Valley Museum


Various (see individual items)


1900s-1920s (primarily 1918)





Collection Items

Spanish Flu 1918 poster
Image of three men wearing masks during the Spanish Flu epidemic of 1918.

Three Canadian men wearing masks
A photograph of three Canadian men wearing masks during the Spanish flu pandemic.

Luggage disinfecting room, Grosse-Ile
The luggage disinfecting heat room at Grosse-Ile, Quebec. Date unknown.

Quarantine building at Grosse-Ile
The quarantine building at Grosse-Ile, Quebec. Date unknown.

Fight the Flu!
A poster produced by the Nanaimo Board of Health listing ways to prevent and treat the Spanish Flu.

Smithers Public School and temporary hospital
A photograph of the Smithers Public School, which was also used as a temporary hospital during the Spanish Influenza of 1918.

Empress Billiard Parlour
Interior view of the Empress Billiard Parlour in Smithers.

Lt. Leslie Sutcliffe gravestone
An image of the gravestone of Spanish flu victim Lieutenant Leslie Sutcliffe in the Smithers Cemetery.

Casbit “One Eye” William, Witsuwit'en healer
Photograph of Casbit “One Eye” William, a Witsuwit’en medicine man and C’ilhts’ëkhyu wing chief from Yihk Ts’iwit’an (Thin House), in Hazelton, circa 1920.

Dr. H. C. Wrinch and Hazelton Hospital staff
A photograph of Dr. H. C. Wrinch (man on the left) and the staff of the Hazelton Hospital circa 1911.
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