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

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

by Peter Johnson

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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781927527320
Publisher: Heritage House
Publication date: 11/19/2013
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 336
File size: 4 MB

About the Author

Peter Johnson has taught History, English and creative writing in high schools and colleges in Canada for over thirty-five years. He has written two previous books, Glyphs and Gallows: The Rock Art of Clo-oose and the Wreck of the John Bright and Voyages of Hope: The Saga of the Brideships. He has also written and directed a documentary film on Lake Winnipeg, which was shown on CBC television, and published interpretive articles on Dostoevsky’s The Brothers Karamazov and George Orwell’s 1984. He lives in Vancouver.

Table of Contents

Introduction 9

Chapter 1 The Politics of Quarantine 14

Chapter 2 Bertha Whitney and the House of Death 25

Chapter 3 Smallpox Wars: A Disastrous Start 51

Chapter 4 Omissions, Commissions, and Closure 75

Chapter 5 Second Wind: A Rousing Good Go 93

Chapter 6 "I'm Sorry, but You Are Quarantined." 109

Chapter 7 The Strange, Sad Case of Alfred Tennyson Watt 125

Chapter 8 East Meets West at the William Head Quarantine Station 147

Chapter 9 "Free as Larks": The Children of William Head 169

Chapter 10 Apogee 194

Chapter 11 Dénouement 210

Chapter 12 Quarantine Revisited 229

Afterword 248

Acknowledgements 250

Endnotes 252

Selected Bibliography 268

Index 274

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