"... first of three books to be published by the Australian Homeland Security Research Centre on Australia’s experience during the 1918-1919 [influenza] pandemic, "--Foreword (p. i) This book examines the 1918-1919 influenza pandemic and reveals the challenges faced by the State and its businesses, citizens and volunteer organizations at that time. It specifically examines the reactions to the pandemic in New South Wales at Commonwealth, State and Local Government levels; the responses of the medical profession; the attitudes and reactions of the church; and the part played by the press. The book identifies the obstacles which inhibited an effective response to the pandemic, and the impact of the crisis on society Introduction -- 1. The State and local government responds -- 2. Groping in the dark: the medical profession -- 3. Protest and prayer: the church -- 4. Panic, potions and profiteering: the press -- 5. Living through the pandemic: public help -- 6. Impact of the pandemic -- Conclusion -- Timeline for influenza in NSW -- Bibliography.