The Dark Island - Leprosy in New Zealand and the Quail Island Colony

Author(s): Benjamin Kingsbury

NZ History

From 1906 to 1925 Quail Island was the site of New Zealands 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 fascinating narrative from a talented young historian reveals a little-known aspect of New Zealands 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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General Fields

  • : 9781988545981
  • : Bridget Williams Books
  • : Bridget Williams Books
  • : January 2019
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : 260
  • : Benjamin Kingsbury
  • : Paperback
  • : 362.19699609384