Chinese scholars travel into quarantine history
13 October 2013
Recently, the Quarantine Project team were honoured to host a visiting group of historians from the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences.
In building links between Chinese and local scholars, the Australian Academy of the Humanities (AAH) proposed a visit to the Quarantine Station to explore historic aspects of Chinese immigration, travel and maritime trade. As a Fellow of the AAH, Professor Alison Bashford escorted the delegation around the site, highlighting Chinese messages painted and carved into the sandstone. The delegates were grateful for this opportunity to read these poignant, and sometimes pointed, responses to quarantine during an era of blatant discrimination against 'Asiatic' people. Their responses have added further impetus the the project's mission to translate and elaborate the significant Chinese history across the Q Station site.