Q Station at Manly, August 2013

I organised a Deaf Men’s day out at Q Station, Manly on North Head, only 2 km away from Manly Wharf. We had a tour guide at 12.15pm that was supposed to last for only 45 minutes but knowing what deaf men are like we ended up having a 2 hour tour 🙂 The tour size was only 24 men excluding two male interpreters, Sean and Adrian.

It was a glorious day today. Simply warm and sunny. The waters of North Head were simply stunning. Clear and clean. Sydney Harbour at its might!

A bit about the Quarantine Station:
Q station is Sydney’s Historical Quarantine Station. It also has a spectacular national park setting. This Quarantine Station was established on the North Head site in 1833 to protect the Sydney population from the spread of infectious diseases.

I asked the tour guide, Kelly, whether Convict ships were also stopped and convicts sent to the Quarantine station for processing and treatment? I did some research and I found out that convict ships were not under pressure to offload its passengers so if the ship were found to contain infected convicts, the ship merely stayed offshore until the convicts were treated and recovered and then they are allowed to get on the shores of Sydney. So only one convict ship was stopped and its passengers sent to the station.

David Parker.

References
http://manlyquarantine.com/History.htm

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DeafDave is a Deaf person who uses Auslan (Australian Sign Language). He is from Australia.
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