|SS Morialta. Photo: State Library of South Australia B-61166.|
As in other cities throughout Australia, strict rules were imposed on Townsville's population to try and curb transmission of the illness. Public meetings were banned, picture theatres and schools were closed and the main city streets were sprayed with disinfectant. Townsville North State School (now Belgian Gardens State School) was requisitioned for use as an isolation hospital. The Army supplied and erected tents in the school grounds. Over a period of ten weeks, a total of 195 patients were treated at the makeshift hospital. A second isolation hospital was opened at St. Anne's School in June and remained in use for one month and three days. During that time, 108 patients were treated there.
In a letter to the Mayor of Townsville dated 15th August 1919, Dr Nisbet praised the efforts of the Matron in charge of the isolation hospital at Townsville North State School - Hannah Sarah Pengelly. He wrote:
"The ideal and harmonious working of this hospital, chiefly with a band of young untrained workers, shows what women can do in an emergency. A large share of praise is also due to the tactful and untiring energies of the matron – Nurse Pengelly."Matron Pengelly is buried in the West End Cemetery in Townsville.
|Headstone of Hannah Sarah Pengelly, died 6 December 1940. Photo: T. Fielding|
|SS Allinga. Photo: State Library of South Australia PRG 1324788|
"the work of the authorities, however comprehensive, cannot be brought to fruition without the special skill that women's effort alone can supplement it with."By late July, 60 people were being treated for Influenza in the isolation hospital. According to historian Patrick Hodgson, in the three months that Cairns battled the epidemic, there were (officially) 1007 cases of Influenza, resulting in ten deaths.
The isolation hospital at the Girls School was closed in late September 1919. Matron Gliddon went on to run her own private hospital - St. Anthony's Private Hospital - in Cairns, with the help of her mother, Nurse Margaret Gliddon.
 Townsville Daily Bulletin, 26 May 1919, p. 4
 Townsville Museum collection
 Townsville Daily Bulletin, 16 July 1919, p. 6
 Townsville City Libraries Local History Collection
 Hodgson, Patrick, 'Flu, society and the state: the political, social and economic implications of the 1918-1920 influenza pandemic in Queensland', unpublished PhD thesis, 2017, James Cook University, p. 217.
 Cairns Post 12 June 1919, p. 4.
 Cairns Post 4 July 1919, p. 4.
 Cairns Post 4 July 1919, p. 5.
 Northern Herald 30 July 1919, p. 10.
 Hodgson, Patrick, 'Flu, society and the state', p. 18