The quarantine station at Point Nepean established in the early 1850’s housed many passengers affected by yellow fever.
The ‘Ticonderga’ left England eighty days before arriving at Point Nepean, with eight hundred and eleven people on board. Because of the lack of the most necessary amenities and over crowding, fever developed amongst the passengers, resulting in 96 deaths during the voyage.
On her arrival at Portsea on November 6th 1852, the survivors were quarantined, their numbers being so great that tents had to be erected to provide accommodation. Here a further 82 of the ships passengers died.
Labour to dig the graves was also unavailable, and the bodies were placed vertical in recesses in the cliff face and the overhanging bank was then broken away, the resulting landslide burying them.
Many of the present building of the Point Nepean Quarantine Station were begun in 1856. The quarantine station is now a national park, where visitors can visit the Point Nepean Fort and the Quarantine Station Museum.