Survivors And Descendants Of “The Constitution”, 50 Year Celebration, Quarantine Station Wharf. Samuel Cocks, 1871–1948 Aust.
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Survivors And Descendants Of “The Constitution”, 50 Year Celebration, Quarantine Station Wharf

1905. Vintage silver gelatin photograph, photographer’s blind stamp “S. Cocks Photo” below image on backing, captioned and dated in a later hand in pencil on backing verso, 14.8 x 20cm. Slight silvering, minor chips to edges, laid down on original backing.

Photographer’s work held in State Library of NSW.

In accordance with the 1832 Quarantine Act, the emigrant ship Constitution, which arrived on 27 May 1855 from Southampton, England with 375 passengers, docked at North Head in Sydney Harbour for quarantine. The quarantine lasted for 65 days with 13 passengers dying from smallpox. The ship had already lost 14 passengers to the disease at sea, and during the quarantine period the ship’s crew built a stone monument to commemorate the loss of life. Fifty years later, in 1905, the survivors and their families met at the site for a reunion. Ref: State Library of NSW; North Head Sanctuary Foundation Newsletter, 2/3/2017; monumentAustralia.org.au; Wiki.

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Item #CL203-20

Price (AUD): $1,650.00  other currencies

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