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

Bridget Williams Books
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From 1906 to 1925 Quail Island, in Lyttelton Harbour, 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.


This remarkable narrative reveals a little-known aspect of New Zealand’s past, shedding light on the treatment of some of society’s most marginal, unfortunate and isolated people. Written in lucid, compelling prose, The Dark Island heralds the arrival of a significant historical voice.

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About the author

Benjamin Kingsbury was born in Auckland in 1987, and brought up in New Zealand and Pakistan. He completed an MA in History at the University of Canterbury, and received his PhD from Victoria University of Wellington. His first book, An Imperial Disaster: The Bengal Cyclone of 1876, was published by Oxford University Press in 2018. He has taught history at Victoria University of Wellington, and now works as a historian for Te Arawhiti, the Office for Māori Crown Relations.

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Publisher
Bridget Williams Books
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Published on
Nov 4, 2019
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Pages
208
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ISBN
9781988545950
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Language
English
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Genres
History / Australia & New Zealand
Medical / History
Medical / Public Health
Social Science / Discrimination & Race Relations
Social Science / Disease & Health Issues
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This content is DRM free.
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