Dark Island – Leprosy in New Zealand and the Quail Island Colony

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Dark Island – Leprosy in New Zealand and the Quail Island Colony

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ISBN: 9781988545981
Title: Dark Island – Leprosy in New Zealand and the Quail Island Colony
Author: KINGSBURY BENJAMIN

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 selfessness, as well as of violence and great suffering.

This fascinating narrative from a talented 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. Elegantly and engagingly written, The Dark Island heralds the arrival of a significant historical voice.

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Dimensions 240 × 170 mm

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