Sue Sacker - Manly
31 Jan. 2000
Words on Quarantine Station
Look out from the
Manly ferry across to North Head and you will see some beautiful old wooden
buildings set in the windswept Sydney Harbour National Park. These are part of
the oldest, largest, most intact quarantine station in the World.
If the State
Government and a hotel developer have their way, our Quarantine Station will
soon be privatized and developed into a hotel complex.
This is no way to
treat a place of such significance to our nation.
Built to protect
Sydney from disease, thousands of immigrants stayed at the isolated site,
sometimes for months. Over 500
people died there and are buried in its three cemeteries.
The site is unique
Ė rich in Aboriginal history, unspoiled bushland, endangered flora and fauna
and a key part of our immigrant heritage. Thousands
of people enjoy visiting it each year and learning about our history and
that it canít afford to maintain sites like this, and ignores community
efforts to persuade them of their importance.
Our natural and built
heritage, our harbour foreshores and our national parks should remain in public
ownership and management, free from privatization, safe for future generations.
When places like Quarantine
Station pass into private control they are lost to us forever.
page was created 28th January, 2000, by Judith Bennett,
Friends of Quarantine Station,