In loving memory: Inscriptions, images and imagination at the north Head Quarantine Station, Sydney, Australia

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Abstract

One hundred and fifty years ago, on a sandstone cliff high above Sydney Harbour, Australia, a number of individuals began carving the rocks and making their mark upon the land. The people who made these inscriptions were amongst Australia’s first migrants and free settlers who were put in quarantine. The Quarantine Station was established in 1828 to manage and control the spread of infectious diseases in the nascent colony of New South Wales. Who were these people and why were they compelled to mark their presence in stone here? In this paper we explore the words and images inscribed at the North Head Quarantine Station. They are, we suggest, an historical archive of passengers, ship’s names, and ports of origin as well as markers of passage and acts of memorialisation. An evocative testimony to lives held in suspension, we discuss also the profound effect of seeing these inscriptions and realising that for some of their makers the journey remained unfulfilled.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationEncountering Imagery. Materialities, Perceptions, Relations
EditorsIng-Marie Back Danielsson, Fredrik Fahlander, Ylva Sjöstrand
Place of PublicationStockhom
PublisherUniversity of Stockholm
Chapter4
Pages51-75
Number of pages25
Volume57
ISBN (Print)9789197825795
Publication statusPublished - 2012
Externally publishedYes

Publication series

NameStockholm Studies in Archaeology

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    Frederick, UK. (2012). In loving memory: Inscriptions, images and imagination at the north Head Quarantine Station, Sydney, Australia. In I-M. Back Danielsson, F. Fahlander, & Y. Sjöstrand (Eds.), Encountering Imagery. Materialities, Perceptions, Relations (Vol. 57, pp. 51-75). (Stockholm Studies in Archaeology). University of Stockholm. http://www.mikroarkeologi.se/showPdf.php?pdf=encounteringimagery/4.ursulaclarke