single week, prominent businessman and community figure O. F. Nelson
had lost his mother, one of his two sisters, his only brother, and
daughter-in-law. S. H. Meredith lost seven close relatives
Margaret Cruickshank was the first woman to be registered as a doctor in New Zealand. She worked tirelessly during the 1918 influenza pandemic but eventually caught the disease herself and died on 28 November 1918.