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.
On 5 July 2015, Quarantine Project members Dr Peter Hobbins and Ms Rebecca Anderson will lead a tour of the historic inscriptions at the Q Station following the Australian and New Zealand Society of the History of Medicine/International Society for the History of Medicine Conference.
Dr Peter Hobbins will be presenting at the upcoming Australian Historical Association annual conference
Dr Peter Hobbins will be presenting on 'An air of sickness: disease and the shaping of Australian airspace' at the Australian Historical Association annual conference at the University of Sydney, 6–10 July 2015.
Dr Peter Hobbins will present a paper entitled '"I had no leisure time for hygiene": 'Asiatic' crews caught in quarantine' at Race, Mobility and Imperial Networks: Charting the Transnational Asia-Pacific World, 1800–2015. This conference will be co-hosted by RMIT and La Trobe Universities in Melbourne, 9–11 November 2015.