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The dark island : leprosy in New Zealand and the Quail Island colony / Benjamin Kingsbury.

By: Kingsbury, Benjamin, 1987-.
Material type: materialTypeLabelBookPublisher: Wellington, New Zealand : Bridget Williams Books Ltd, 2019Copyright date: ©2019Description: 176 pages, 24 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, maps ; 23 cm.Content type: text Media type: unmediated Carrier type: volumeISBN: 9781988545981; 1988545986.Subject(s): Leprosy -- Patients -- New Zealand -- Quail Island -- History -- 20th century | Leprosy -- Hospitals -- New Zealand -- Quail Island -- History -- 20th century | New Zealand -- Social life and customs -- 20th century | Quail Island (N.Z.) -- History -- 20th centuryDDC classification: 362.19699/80099384 | 362.196996099384 Summary: "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 selflessness, as well as of violence and great suffering.This narrative from a 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"--Publisher information. Publisher information.
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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.

Includes bibliographical references and index.

"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 selflessness, as well as of violence and great suffering.This narrative from a 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"--Publisher information. Publisher information.