This is the Isolation Hospital within the former Quarantine Station at Portsea at the south east entrance to Port Phillip Bay (on which stands the city of Melbourne). The 2 metre high corrugated iron fence was built in 1890 to separate sick passengers from healthy ones. The fence was removed in the 1960s but a small remnant remains (on right of sketch). An interesting verandah (seen at top of the stairs) wraps around the other side of this building but I chose to sketch this side to show the fence that is left. This rather sombre side of the building also indicated the grim nature of the quarantine station. A shed nearby was used to cremate those who died within the isolation compound.
Sketched in a hurry before the rain returned (and painted later), midweek this was a deathly quiet creepy spot.
#Sailorfude pen, watercolour, #MoleskineWatercolourAlbum, 5x8”.