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Sarcocornia quinqueflora AKA Beaded glasswort or Samphire saltmarsh is a native succulent coastal shrub, found mostly in coastal areas and frequently in habitats periodically inundated by salt water. It is a halophyte, species which grow in areas of high salinity and it's thought that less than 2% of the worlds flora species are halophytes. This one we found on the sandy beach in Quarantine Bay.
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The Mortuary. Although it's not the prettiest building, the Mortuary played an important role at the Quarantine Station.
Built of brick and stone in 1885, the Mortuary was divided into two sections, one half disinfection/fumigation and sulphur storage area, the other the mortuary. In 1918 there was a worldwide outbreak of Spanish Influenza, a virulent strain of flu which ended up killing millions of people worldwide.
The Quarantine Station played an important role in preventing its spread, and crew from the S.S. Oonah were quarantined here. Two crew members died- Charles Loaney and John Johanson and their graves are located in the grounds of the Quarantine Station.

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One of the cheeky Quolls popping out at dusk to start exploring and feasting. They're very inquisitive and aren't afraid to run over to check us out!
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Another breathtaking sunset at the Quaranting Station looking out over Shelter Cove
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bruny β˜† this place never disappoints. blue sky. clear water. outdoor playground πŸ’™ #nofilter #harveyg #brunyisland #brunyislandquarantinestation #gibsonsonbrunyisland


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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. πŸ˜‚
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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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Tending to the veggie patch- a small but productive space with a wide variety of herbs and veggies for caretakers to eat. Enjoying being outdoors in this beautiful weather, Junior Caretaker Amelia has planted more herbs and veggies today and watered them in well, for the next caretakers to enjoy. Our favourites including- scarlet runner beans, silverbeet, beetroot, rocket, capsicum, climbing green beans, lettuce, coriander & radish. We've collected stakes (fallen tree branches) from around the site and are encouraging the beans to stay inside the enclosure!
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We found these old pieces of glass, metal and an old house brick while walking along the beach. Beautiful colours but we're trying to find out the ages as some appear to be quite old, like the ginger beer bottle, complete with oyster.
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Was so lovely to see two friends who sailed in on their yacht Beatrix today and popped in for dinner tonight.
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Reminder: it's a total fire ban as of midnight tonight.
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Days off spent exploring beautiful Bruny. Stopped at Truganini lookout at the neck then wading through the pristine waters in the Great Bay. If they were a little warmer we would have been swimming ;) #brunyisland #brunyislandquarantinestation #brunyadventure #theneckbrunyisland #theneck #tasmania #tasmanianparks #australia #truganinilookout #aquaticlife #ocean #flounder @tasmaniaparks @tassie4kids #fauna #tassiewildlife @tasmania @brunyislandtasmania


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So despite it being Summer in Australia, it seems Tasmania has its own agenda. Some of our nights have been below 11°c so we've lit the fire. Junior caretaker (and Scout) Mitchell has taken charge of this job and is able to create a fire in the evening which keeps us toasty warm until the morning ☺️

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Crab feeding frenzy at night. There were tiny bugs the size of fleas, zooming around in the water. The crabs were just scooping them up as they went past. ☺️
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Tonight we ventured down to the jetty to see the aquatic creatures at night. We saw Gar-fish, prawns and crabs feeding. The best part was the bioluminescence which lit up like a Christmas tree when we splashed the water. A first for the Junior Caretakers who spent hours making it glow!

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Fresh bread daily! This is one started yesterday by Junior Caretaker Amelia. We start each day preparing the following days loaf, letting it rise for 24hrs then baking it the next morning.
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Eucalyptus pulchella, found throughout the Bruny Island Quarantine Station site. The beautiful colours appear as the bark sheds. #brunyisland #brunyadventure #brunyislandquarantinestation #tasmania #australia #eucalypt #eucalyptus #flora #australianflora #aussieflora @tasmaniaparks @tasmania @brunyislandtasmania


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And that's a wrap! Our first week as Quarantine Station caretakers comes to an end and we've had a fantastic time. Met people from all over the world and have had the opportunity to learn a lot about this amazing site. Aside from meeting and greeting, we've gotten stuck into a few of the extra chores needing to be done, such as weeding and removing the old paint from the Cleansing Station. We have a few days off now to explore beautiful Bruny before starting our second week. Can't wait!

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Thanks Queen Bee honey for this little jar of deliciousness! We've found eskies dotted all over the island and we're lucky to have found one beside the gate to the Quarantine station. What's so nice to see is the honesty system, where you pay for what you take. Another example of the welcoming nature of the islands residents.
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Once work has finished for the day we tend to the veggie patch. Some of produce grown is in keeping with the history of the site, for example hops were one of the plants grown on-site and are still grown today. Raspberries also remain popular- it's a battle between the Junior Caretakers who can pick the most! But at least there's no complaining about this daily chore! They are devoured for dessert every night πŸ˜‰

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Junior Caretaker Amelia loves looking after the microscopes. Every day she's finding new things to examine from all around the site. She's adding them to the collection and every time a family comes to visit, she's the first up the top to teach the children how to use them.
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Spot the Quoll ;) Our resident baby Eastern Spotted Quoll has popped its head out again at dusk, ready for a night of eating and playing :) @wildlife_tasmania #wildlife #aussiewildlife #australianwildlife #tasmania #australia #brunyisland #brunyislandquarantinestation #brunyadventure #easternquoll #spottedquoll australianfauna #aussiefauna #fauna @tasmaniaparks @tasmania @brunyislandtasmania


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So this afternoon after we'd closed the station we saw a small bumbling lump from the kitchen window. We went exploring to see what it was and came across this ultra cute and fluffy #echidna
A little shy, but was still happy to check us out

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We've arrived! Hit the ground running with our site induction then off to start welcoming visitors to the site. The beautifully restored Doctors residence (with resident Eastern Spotted Quoll!) will be our home for the next month.

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tassie β˜† back where this adventure first began #brunyislandquarantinestation πŸ’™#gibsonsonbrunyisland #islandoffanisland #nofilter


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Saying goodbye to Bruny. The house is Kirkby Lodge, its where we used to live. We stopped in at the Quarantine Station, Russel found microscopes! Then loaded onto the Mirambeena for a trip home. The final image is of sunset last night from our airbnb cottage. Thanks Bruny it has been spectacular! #brunyisland #getaway #brunyislandquarantinestation #microscope #mirambeenaferry #nature #airbnb #oystercottage #sunset #happylady #happytimes #happylife


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