|THROUGHOUT WOODMAN POINT QUARANTINE STATION HISTORY THERE HAVE BEEN APPROXIMATELY 350 - 400 VESSELS THAT HAVE COME UNDER QUARANTINE JURISDICTION IN WESTERN AUSTRALIA.|
During World War Two, all details relating to "Quarantines or Lockdowns" that occurred at Woodman Point, including all shipping that came under quarantine juresdiction at Woodman Point, and any other relevant health information concerning these vessels, was kept secret because of wartime security regulations. Under normal conditions all incidents and details that occurred at the Woodman Point Quarantine Station during peace time were reported to the press, thus keeping the West Australian public completely informed of any current situation involving any health scare or development.
An article appeared in the West Australian on Saturday 14th May 1949, under the heading "WARTIME SMALLPOX TOLL AT PORT REVEALED" and describes certain incidents that occurred between the years of 1942 and 1944 at Woodman Point, however there are certain discrepancies in the article that need to be clarified.
In the article there is reference to seven "plague" ships in the article, however all these seven vessels were quarantined because of Smallpox cases onboard. One vessel, the Empire Mist, had only suspected cases of smallpox onboard, but was later confirmed negative. It should be noted that no knowledge of any cases of plague on any of these vessels can be confirmed or authenticated.
FOR DETAILS ON THESE VESSELS GO TO THE Wartime Smallpox Page
Compiled by Earle Seubert