Between 1881 and 1925 more than 240 people were buried in the Third Quarantine Cemetery at North Head, Manly pictured above.
When walking amongst the gravesites, two periods stand out; 1900 when bubonic plague hit Sydney, and 1918 when the troop ship Medic arrived on at the quarantine station with 203 crew members suffering from pneumonic influenza.
Despite the best attempts to prevent its spread to Australia the Spanish Flu pandemic broke through the quarantine barrier.
It was sad to see many young lives cut short by diseases so little understood.
How lucky we are to have a better an understanding of infection, causes and treatments?