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The dark island : leprosy in New Zealand and the Quail Island colony

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  • Description

    "From 1906 to 1925 Quail Island was the site of New Zealand's leprosy colony. The colony began by accident, as it were, after the discovery of a leprosy sufferer in Christchurch. As further patients arrived from across the country, it grew into a controversial and troubled institution - an embarrassment to the Health Department, an object of pity to a few, a source of fear to many.

    It was a place that some people wanted to forget, but its stories are worth remembering: among them are stories of remarkable generosity and selflessness, as well as of violence and great suffering.This narrative from a young historian reveals a little-known aspect of New Zealand's past. Through the tale of the Quail Island colony, the book shines a light on wider society in that period, both in New Zealand and beyond"--Publisher information

  • Place
  • Other Id

    RC154.9.N45 KIN (Library of Congress Call Number)

    91542 (Cat ID)

    91347 (Presto content ID)

  • Department

Images and documents


  • Object Type
  • Name/Title
    The dark island : leprosy in New Zealand and the Quail Island colony
  • Primary Maker
  • Contributor/Publisher
    Bridget Williams Books
  • Place
  • Date
  • Physical Description

    176 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm

  • Language
  • Level of Current Record
    Bib record
  • Member Object

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  • Subject Category
  • Content
    Map of Quail Island -- A very suspicious case -- Without the camp -- Bread, bread, scones and bread -- I get no consideration -- Leper contact -- We cannot go on -- The cattle of the lepers -- More pleasant conditions
  • Public Access Text

    [Keywords: Leprosy--Patients--History--20th century--New Zealand--Otamahua/Quail Island; Leprosy--Hospitals--History--20th century--New Zealand--Otamahua/Quail Island; Leprosy--Hospitals; Leprosy--Patients; Otamahua/Quail Island (N.Z)--History--20th century]

    Includes bibliographical references

  • Subject Notes
    Benjamin Kingsbury (1987-) was born in Auckland an brought up in New Zealand and Pakistan. He has an MA in History from the University of Canterbury and a PhD from Victoria University of Wellington. He is a historian for Te Arawhiti.
  • Collection Type
    General Collection
  • Copyright
    All rights reserved
  • Last Update
    19 Dec 2023

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