The Friday Island Lazaret, situated on Friday Island in the Torres Strait, was established in 1892 as a leprosarium for non-European sufferers of leprosy. It was run by the Queensland government and closed in 1907. Remaining patients were moved to Peel Island.
On 27 Oct 1892, Friday Island, Torres Strait, was proclaimed a lazaret under the provisions of the Leprosy Act of 1892. It was established for the treatment of non-European patients. In 1907 Friday Island Lazaret was closed and patients were transferred to a new lazaret for both non-European and European patients on Peel Island, Moreton Bay.
It has not been determined whether children suffering from leprosy were sent to Friday Island.
Sources used to compile this entry: 'Fantome Island Lock Hospital and Lazaret Sites (former)', in Queensland Heritage Register, Department of Environment and Heritage Protection (EHP), 30 June 2015, https://environment.ehp.qld.gov.au/heritage-register/detail/?id=602798; Bryce, R , Ryan, T, Van Willigen, G, Opala, R, Venner, R, Friends of Peel Island, Going to the gums: the lazaret on Peel Island, Friends of Peel Island Association Inc, Cleveland DC, 2009, 70 pp; Intended solely for their greater comfort and happiness: Historical archaeology, paternalism and the Peel Island Lazaret, 1999, http://espace.library.uq.edu.au/eserv/UQ:190067/the13923.pdf.
Prepared by: Lee Butterworth
Created: 13 December 2013, Last modified: 13 June 2014