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.
From 7 November, 2014 to 8 November, 2014
Professor Alison Bashford will present 'Quarantine and oceanic histories: reflections on the old world and the new' at the Mediterranean Under Quarantine Conference in Malta.
From 12 November, 2014 to 3 December, 2014
At the War Memorialisation and the Nation conference in Dunedin, New Zealand:
- Dr Peter Hobbins will be presenting '“Your name or message could be here”: the ambiguous commemorations of coastal defence'
- Ms Sarah Janson will be presenting 'Betwixt and between – negotiating war memorialisation at the North Head Quarantine Station Third Cemetery'.
Dr Ursula Frederick @ Archaeology conference - 1 December 2014 to 3 December 2014