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On the weekend of 9 and 10 November 2002 several hundred descendants of Ticonderoga passengers, along with many other interested people, gathered at the Point Nepean Quarantine Station. They were there to commemorate the 150th anniversary of both the arrival of the Ticonderoga and the inauguration of the Quarantine facility. The events included the unveiling of a commemorative plaque and of a monument listing those who boarded the Ticonderoga but died before reaching Melbourne.

Along with my husband, several of my children and two of my grandchildren, I attended the ceremonies and had the honour of having my book "Fever Beach" launched. Below are a few of the pictures we took on Sunday 10 November.


Crowd at plaque ceremony
A bird's eye view of the crowd at the unveiling of the plaque

Plaque unveiled

The Plaque unveiled. From left to right: John Alexander, Anne Jacques, The Mayor of Mornington Peninsula,
Dr Ross Bastiaan, Cr Margaret Bell, Greg Hunt MHR.

Book signing

Yours truly signing copies of 'Fever Beach'

Monument ceremony

Unveiling the monument. Standing at left: Archdeacon Kenneth Parker, Dennis Burnham, Jack McRae. At the microphone: Elsie Barras

Monument unveiled

The Monument unveiled. In front, my grandchildren Ruth and Liam who placed flowers on the monument as part of the ceremony

Quiet moment

A quiet moment with the monument after the crowd had subsided

Fever Beach

Fourth and fifth generation Ticonderoga descendants on the beach
where their forebears landed 150 years ago

By 2006 the Point Nepean Community Trust (PNCT) had been established, and one of its many projects was the establishment of a spoken history (also to be transcribed into print), by video-interviewing as many people as they could find, with stories to tell about the history of the Quarantine Station. I was asked to take part, and of course was delighted to do so. I was interviewed at home in March 2007. In November 2007, a function was held at the Quarantine Station itself, to acknowledge those who had participated.


Interviewed at home in March 2007 by James from the Point Nepean Community Trust (Sorry James, I don't remember your surname)

PNCT Function

November 2007, at the Quarantine Station, having a look at some of the results. On the left in the picture is Fred Villiers, retired sports journalist - some of you may remember him from his appearances
on Channel 9's Wide World of Sports.

PNCT Function

Talking to the PNCT's Stuart Hughes and cameraman
Greg Wapling

PNCT Function

Chatting to fellow historian Major Jim Welch

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