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Living history. Previous Quarantine Station Caretaker and long term Bruny Island resident Margaret Shackcloth popped in for a cuppa, and was excited to find a photo of herself during her caretaking days many years ago!

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The Cleansing Room

This 1886 building enabled staff to go on and off duty without the risk of carrying infected material to staff quarters. It had only pedestrian access to the isolation block which included medical quarters, hospital, observation wards, mortuary and laundry. These were enclosed by a nine foot paling fence.
Only those with suspected infectious disease and the staff treating them, needed to be inside the fenced-off quarantine area. Individuals had to surrender all clothing in exchange for new ones and go through a process of cleansing. Over the years this room would have seen various methods employed to fight infection.
It is thought that rock sulphur may have been used as a disinfectant and germ killer by burning it in pans in fumigation rooms, as early history mentions the caretakers son being 'locked in the sulphur room'. #brunyisland #brunyadventure #brunyislandquarantinestation #tasmania #australia #heritage #cleansingroom #infectioncontrol #influenza #flu

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Sunset over Shelter Cove. There were schools of fish swimming around and leaping out of the water tonight... We came down to watch and were greeted by the most amazing sunset.
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Our cheeky little Eastern Quoll is always the first to pop its head out at dusk. It's very inquisitive and has even come right up to the back door at times to check out what we're having for dinner! We need to make sure we keep the doors closed though, because they've been known to sneak inside- and being nocturnal they would party all night long in the house!

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We're likin the lichen, fabulous fungi and fossicking for moss at the station. So many wonderful tiny plants to explore. .
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We're going to miss this chubby little face. Our resident echidna has a huge range and can be seen every day wandering all over the Quarantine Station grounds searching for ants. .
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One of the many functions of the Quarantine Station was to prevent an outbreak of Influenza in Tasmania. Unfortunately this also coincided with the end of WWI, so many of our returned servicemen stopped at the Station for at least 7 days on their way home, to ensure they weren't harbouring the disease. Extremely frustrating for most after spending many months away from home, they were so close, yet so far. .

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Happy World Wetlands Day! The Common Eastern Froglets (Crinia signifera) in the dam are happy after the 10mm of rain we had here at the Quarantine Station over the past few days! One starts and they all join in in chorus.
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Last night's Super Blue Blood Moon as seen from the Quarantine Station. Despite having rained most of the day, we were fortunate to have a fantastic view as the clouds parted just as the moon rose. One of the best things about the station at night is it's great for stargazing (moongazing, planetgazing) because of the absence of light pollution. On a clear night the milky way is a stunning sight with millions of stars visible. The junior caretakers have enjoyed learning about celestial navigation and constellations visible in the southern hemisphere.
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Great photo from @thebrunycaretakers of Pied Oystercatchers (Haematopus lobgirostris) on Bruny Island. A wader over 50cm in size which searches for food along sandy beaches, mudflats and estuaries.
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Our resident Scarlet Robin (Petroica multicolour) which helps keep the insects at bay around the house and feasts on grasshoppers in the veggie patch. It was joined by an endangered Forty Spotted Pardalote, two of the wide variety of birds seen at the station.
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Spike the echidna is back again, nosing around the ground with an amazing ability to locate ant nests and lick them up. It's one of the fluffiest echidnas we've ever seen, possibly due to the colder climate in Tassie. But some pretty sharp spines lie under all that fur, exposed when Spike feels threatened and rolls into a ball.

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Birthdays at Bruny! Junior Caretaker Amelia has enjoyed sharing her birthday this year with family and wonderful new neighbour friends :) #brunyisland #brunyadventure #brunyislandquarantinestation #tasmania #australia #volunteer #volunteering #volunteeringfun #birthday #birthdaygirl @tasmaniaparks @brunyislandtasmania @tasmania

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Traditional Owners inhabiting Bruny Island were the Nuenonne people. Although indigenous historical sites haven't been found at the Quarantine Station, the site itself would have been used by the local people for fishing, hunting and gathering of food for thousands of years.
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View of the Quarantine Station site, showing the Medical Officer's quarters which is now the Caretaker accommodation. In the photo the Hospital, Steerage and Saloon passenger quarters (removed in the 1960's) can be seen in the background. The foundations and floor plans are still visible however.

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Days off exploring Bruny Island. We visited the @brunyislandcheese company and sampled some of the delicious cheese and beer made on site.
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We've always enjoyed bushwalking as a family and the Quarantine Station bushland is fantastic to explore. At 320 acres with both marked and unmarked tracks there's plenty to see, including wildflowers, orchids and remnant trees showing evidence of fires past.

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Part of our role includes tending to the grave sites and German chimney, removing weeds, sticks, bark and leaves covering the graves. One has been marked with oyster shells which are easily disturbed by visits and animals moving through the site.

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Cleaning day. Living out in bushland is wonderful but many creatures also share our cottage. Spiders build webs to take advantage of the abundance of insects here and Quolls, well, they leave their nightly deposits all over the verandah. 😂
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Exploring Quarantine Bay. Beautiful lichen attached to rocks down by the waters edge. We also found a swing, some starfish and just enjoyed being outdoors in the fresh air.

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