The modern-day registration room at Ellis Island, Statue of Liberty National Monument, New Jersey, New York City. Ian Ference's photography sheds light on the way things used to be at Ellis Island.
A patient's suitcase which was intended to go to St. Vincent's Hospital, was found in 1908 annex to hospital in Ellis Island. We can only wonder what became of the owner
The peeling paint and cracking tiles of the dormitory in Ellis Island hospital stand as silent witness to the once frenetic hub which would have seen the arrival of thousands of people each week who had arrived in the U.S. in search of a new life
The open door to patient room in the isolation ward, built in 1909
The enormous flow of people meant most facilities at Ellis Island needed to be on an industrial scale. Here the autoclaves which are used to sterilise dozens of patient mattresses in the hospital appear untouched since the last person left in 1954
Many families who survived the perilous voyage to America, surviving on crusts of bread, might arrive to find one of the children had an illness. After a short goodbye, the child would be quarantined and sent home, never to see their family again.
Dozens of sinks stand covered in debris in what was the communal washroom. During the centre's peak, thousands would have cleaned themselves here or nearby washrooms each day
A view of main autopsy theatre area from ground in 1909 mortuary building which featured raised areas where medical students could observe autopsies on deceased immigrants
The unsettling view of eight trays within the 1909 mortuary building, a testament to the grim condition many of the immigrants arrived in after an arduous journey to Ellis Island in New York City
This is one of the very few private rooms on the entire complex. It was most recently used to contain German POWs during Second World War
Immigrants could catch a brief glimpse of the Statue of Liberty as they were shuffled from into one of the buildings which made up the Ellis Island immigration centre
Immigrants would have had a brief glimpse of the Statue of Liberty as they were shuffled from into one of the buildings which made up the Ellis Island immigration centre
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