Story: Epidemics

Quarantine station, 1911

Several wooden houses on a hill above a small harbour, including a close-up of a small wooden shack.

From the 1870s, quarantine regulations were introduced in an attempt to prevent travellers bringing infectious diseases into New Zealand. People who were infected, or were suspected of being infected, were housed in quarantine stations until it was clear they were free of disease. This is the quarantine station on Ōtamahua (Quail Island) in Lyttelton Harbour. The building at top left is a hut which was occupied by patients with leprosy.

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Geoff Rice, 'Epidemics - Epidemics, pandemics and disease control', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 16 June 2024)

Story by Geoff Rice, published 5 May 2011, reviewed & revised 8 Feb 2024