The Quarantine Project:
Stories from the Sandstone
The Quarantine Project is a collaborative research initiative based around the former Quarantine Station at Sydney’s North Head. Uniting archaeologists, historians and heritage experts, we are documenting the many rock carvings and other markings made at the site through its 150 years of operation from 1835 to 1984. There are well over 1000 such inscriptions in the sandstone, each serving as an enduring ‘postcard’ connecting modern visitors to stories from the past. These stories - of people, journeys, diseases and incarceration - will be analysed and shared via our research.
This 3-year linkage project has been generously funded by the University of Sydney, the Australian Research Council and our industry partners, the Mawland Group, in cooperation with the NSW Office of Environment and Heritage.
Over 14–16 August 2014, Sydney’s Q Station hosted an international gathering of scholars to discuss the history, archaeology, geography and heritage of quarantine.
Professor Alison Bashford’s book Imperial Hygiene (2004) has been released in a new edition (2014).
Dr Annie Clarke and Dr Ursula Frederick co-edited a recent special themed section on mark-making and graffiti in the June 2014 issue of Australian Archaeology.
Dr Ursula Frederick @ Archaeology conference - 1 December 2014 to 3 December 2014