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OPEN 5 DAYS A WEEK Thursday- Monday 10.00am-4.00pm

816 Killora Road North Bruny(Site Location Map)


Closed Christmas Day

Closed Tuesday & Wednesday


Bring a picnic lunch and enjoy a stroll around our new Heritage Walk and view the display.

Further info please contact:-
Kathy Duncombe Phone [03] 6260 6287

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The Quarantine Station site at Barnes Bay, Bruny Island, Tasmania, incorporates many different aspects of human occupancy, from the early Aboriginal occupation by the Nuenonne, a band of the South East tribe, to the present day with the Proclamation of the area as a State Reserve in 2003. The site is currently the responsibility of the Tasmania Parks and Wildlife Service - managed through the Southern Region.

It’s history includes free settlement in 1856 by the Cox, Johnston(e), Beemer and Martin families; the establishment of a State maritime quarantine station in 1884 as a defence against infectious diseases in appropriate buildings erected to accommodate boat passengers; its acquisition by the Commonwealth Government in the early days of Federation; internment of German nationals in 1914 at the beginning of Word War I; quarantine of soldiers returning from the war, during the Influenza Pandemic 1919; Plant Quarantine usage and techniques from 1955 - 1986; It depicts the history and changes in State and Federal responsibilities, and the change in public health regulations, management and techniques. It includes the sequence of settlement and usage of the area, the buildings that were erected, and those that have survived.

Frequent inspections have been documented from State and Commonwealth bureaucratic experts who wrote extensive reports and recommendations and drew up numerous alternative plans, many of which appear to have been ignored and not implemented. How effective the Quarantine Station has been over its various phases of usage, we leave visitors to the site to judge. The need for such a facility for use in the event of an emergency is not questioned, but its state of readiness often left much to be desired.

The site is significant as a rare Tasmanian example of a late 19th century quarantine station for people demonstrating their institutional attitudes towards social class and health. Despite some building losses which have eroded the site’s importance, the place still has a high cultural significance at the State level.

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