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Russell, G Warren

Entry updated 12 August 2018. Tagged: Author.

(1854-1937) UK-born journalist, publisher, politician and author, in New Zealand by 1865, now remembered primarily for his controversial role in the Spanish influenza epidemic of 1918, when as the government minister responsible he (correctly) allowed a passenger liner to dock in Auckland, an action which (incorrectly) was thought to have deepened the medical crisis. His only novel, A New Heaven (written circa 1902; 1919), is a Utopia set in a place called Heaven which boast advanced social measures and high Technology. [JC]

George Warren Russell

born London: 24 February 1854

died Wellington, New Zealand: 28 June 1937



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