Quarantined: Life and Death at William Head Station, 1872-1959 by Peter JohnsonQuarantined: Life and Death at William Head Station, 1872-1959 by Peter Johnson

Quarantined: Life and Death at William Head Station, 1872-1959

byPeter Johnson

Paperback | November 26, 2013

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Winner (third place), 2014 BC Historical Federation Lieutenant-Governor's Medal for Historical Writing

Vancouver Island in the late nineteenth century was a major port of entry for people from all walks of life. But for many, the sense of hope that had sustained them through rough sea voyages came to an abrupt halt as soon as they reached land. Quarantined is the heart-wrenching true story of the thousands of forgotten people who arrived on our shores only to be felled by disease, in an era when medical care was unsophisticated at best and attitudes toward the poor and the sick were often narrow minded. It is about the struggle to establish a federally funded quarantine station, which, when it was finally established, became as significant and as longstanding as Grosse Ile in Quebec, Lawlor's Island in Halifax, and Ellis Island in New York.

At its core Quarantined is a cautionary tale about the exploitation of the sick and the results of government neglect and lack of commitment to pressing national health-care issues affecting the poor and disenfranchised. It is a story that has as much relevance today as it did more than a hundred years ago.

Title:Quarantined: Life and Death at William Head Station, 1872-1959Format:PaperbackDimensions:312 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.88 inPublished:November 26, 2013Publisher:Heritage House PublishingLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:1927527317

ISBN - 13:9781927527313


Rated 5 out of 5 by from the title is perfect. I bought this book for personal reasons. As my family name is listed in the book. My family was part of the Quarantine station, I was not born yet so it was great to read about my family's history. The Rhode family has also bought the book and it will be something I can pass onto my grandchildren. Great stories of other families too. Very well put together though I felt the author should of contacted the families like the "Rhode" family for more information.
Date published: 2014-01-13