ESTABLISHMENT AND FUNCTION:
The "Leprosy Act of 1892" provided not only for the treatment of lepers but also for their detention and isolation. Moreover, the Act enabled the Governor-in-Council, by proclamation, to appoint any place to be a lazaret for the reception and medical treatment of lepers.
On 27 Oct 1892, Friday Island, Torres Strait, was proclaimed a lazaret, and on the same day, Arthur Edward Salter was appointed Medical Officer.
Friday Island Lazaret was established for the treatment of non-European patients while Stradbroke Island Lazaret, in Moreton Bay, which was also proclaimed in 1892, provided treatment for Europeans. Some non-European patients were transferred to Friday Island from Stradbroke Island. In 1907; however, both Friday Island Lazaret and Stradbroke Island Lazaret were closed and patients were transferred to a new lazaret for both "whites" and "coloureds" on Peel Island, Moreton Bay.
Colonial Secretary, 27 Oct 1892 - 6 Aug 1896
Home Secretary, 6 Aug 1896 - 30 Jun 1907