QSwharfth.jpg (4017 bytes)Manly Quarantine Station

Eleanor Harris

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Before 1900

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1950 - 1984

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Evacuation from Britain

Eleanor Victoria Harris was born in Wales in the town of Barry. During World War II bombs were landing on England. People living in major cities sent their children to live in small country towns. People who had relatives or contacts in Australia could send their children to Australia.

One group of children was evacuated from Britain in 1940 on a ship called "M.S. Batory". Eleanor was the eldest child on the ship - she was 14 at the time. Disease broke out on the ship so it was quarantined at Manly. As it happens, Jack Woodward, was there at the time with his family (his stepfather worked at the Quarantine Station) even though he had already signed up with the army.

Romance

Jack and Eleanor became friends but Jack had to go back to war. They wrote to each other throughout the war.

Marriage

Eventually, the war ended and Jack and Eleanor were able to marry. Eleanor had moved to Melbourne after the time she spent at the Quarantine Station and they were married in Camberwell.

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Eleanor Harris
at Manly Beach


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Signing the registry.
Marriage of Jack Woodward and Eleanor Harris
in Camberwell, Victoria.

Thanks to their son, Anthony Woodward,  
who has provided the story and photographs on this page.

Before 1900

1900 - 1920

1920 - 1950

1950 - 1984

Ghosts
This page was created 7th October,1999  by Judith Bennett,  Friends of Quarantine Station,
and was last modified 20th January, 2007.