Quarantine Station Luggage Fumigator

Scott Sheehan

Epping, Australia

Artist's Description

Established in 1852, the Quarantine Station was designed to service shiploads of immigrants who arrived in Victoria. Back in those days, crowded conditions on board the ships led to a prevalence of diseases such as cholera, smallpox, typhoid, influenza and measles, and a quarantine reserve was established at Point Nepean to prevent the spread of disease.

Ships carrying passengers with infectious diseases landed at the quarantine reserve, where their luggage was fumigated with formaldehyde gas and passengers bathed using antiseptic soap.

In 1918, many soldiers returning from the First World War were also quarantined at Point Nepean after falling victim to the Spanish influenza pandemic.

Canon EOS 1000D
f/4
1/11 sec
ISO-100

HDR – 3 bracketed exposures (-2,0,+2)
Tonemapped in Photomatix pro, edited in Lightroom.

Artwork Comments

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  • Scott Sheehan
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