Year 6 visits the Quarantine Station

2019 09 19 q station excursion 07Smallpox, Bubonic Plague, Tuberculosis, Spanish Influenza. These diseases had to be kept out of the general population of Sydney so the Quarantine Station just inside North Head was established in 1832. Ships entering Sydney Harbour were met and inspected by medical personnel and even if one person on board was ill the entire ship was sent to the Quarantine Station for a forty day period before being allowed to finish its journey to Sydney.

As part of their Migration Unit, Year Six visited the ‘Q Station’ to help them better understand the migration experience. The Q Station is within Sydney Harbour National Park and the buildings include accommodation for the First, Second and Third Class passengers, Staff quarters, a hospital, mortuary and fumigation areas for people and their luggage. It is very much a step back in time.

One of the most fascinating parts of the tour was the ‘Graffiti Wall’ where, to help pass the time, people would carve their names and the names of their ship into the soft sandstone cliff faces. There are about 1 600 of these inscriptions.

The Quarantine Station was also used as a housing facility for ‘Operation Babylift’, which was a plan remove and bring to Australia orphan babies and children following the collapse of South Vietnam at the end of the Vietnam War in 1975.

On the excursion, Year Six were accompanied by Mr Neale, Miss Carruthers, Mrs Watkins and the Year Six team of Mrs Corr, Mr Elliott, Mrs Kouts, Mr Lees and Mrs Singh. The students particularly enjoyed having lunch on the beach and avoiding the marauding magpies. Their knowledge and understanding of the push and pull factors relating to migration was enhanced and they were better able to appreciate their family’s own migration stories.

The Q Station was in continual operation until 1984 and it has been refurbished and is a great place to stay within sight of the city, yet still feel a thousand miles away from civilization. It was a very valuable excursion.

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