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

Author(s): Benjamin Kingsbury

Non Fiction General

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

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