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.
The journey of thousands of migrants to Australia in the early 19th Century are etched in sandstone at Australia's oldest quarantine station in Sydney.
North Australia Research Unit, Darwin
13–15 September 2013
- Anne Clarke and Ursula Frederick: ‘Encounters with a new land: marking presence, place and passage at the North Head Quarantine Station, Sydney’
Monash Indigenous Centre, Monash University, Melbourne
6 September 2013
- Ursula Frederick: ‘Marking Presence, Place and Passage: the archaeology of historical inscriptions’
- Peter Hobbins: 'Dreadnoughts and disease: colonial defence, quarantine and citizenship'
- Peta Longhurst: 'Confinement and Contagion: Quarantine as institutional confinement'
- Annie Clarke: ‘Encounters with a new land: historical inscriptions as an archaeology of contact’
Australian National University, Canberra
21 August 2013
- Ursula Frederick: ‘The Historic Inscriptions at the North Head Quarantine Station, Sydney’
Quarantine: Local and Global Histories 21 January 2014 - 21 January 2014