On the basis of a background in local government, but with no field experience or knowledge of indigenous people, Robert Logan was called on to run the military administration of German Samoa on behalf of Britain during the First World War. Conscientious and well-meaning, he was also inflexible, unimaginative and somewhat authoritarian. His mismanagement of an incoming vessel carrying influenza victims had tragic consequences for the Samoan population, and marred his reputation.
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. From 1897 to 1918 she served the small South Canterbury community of Waimate. She worked tirelessly during the 1918 influenza pandemic but eventually caught the disease herself and died on 28 November 1918.