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Agency ID4501
TitleFantome Island Lazaret
Agency TypeResidential care facility
Start Date 11/5/1939
End Date 31/12/1973
Date NotesN/A
Abstract

Facility established for the detention and treatment of people suffering from leprosy.

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Series

Series IDTitleFromTo
21090Lazaret Patient Registers 11/5/1939 31/12/1974
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Controlling Agencies

Agency IDTitleFromTo
126Health and Home Affairs Department 11/5/1939 26/9/1963
105Department of Health 26/9/1963 31/12/1973
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Controlled Agencies

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Previous Agencies

Agency IDTitle
3735Peel Island Lazaret
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Remarks

Information Sources

Health Act of 1937
Queensland Government Gazette 1939, Vol. CLII, No. 103, p. 1800
Queensland Parliamentary Papers 1940, No. 1053, p. 4
Queensland Parliamentary Papers 1973 - 74, No. 1919, p.9
Queensland Parlaimentary Papers, 1974, No. 1321, p.11
Patrick, Ross. A history of Health and Medicine in Queensland 1824 - 1960. UQ Press, 1987, pp. 243 - 247
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Legislation

Establishing Health Act of 1937
Queensland Government Gazette 1939, Vol. CLII, No. 103, p. 1800
Abolishing N/A
Administered N/A
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Description
ESTABLISHMENT AND FUNCTION:
Under the "Health Act of 1937", the Governor-in-Council, by proclamation, could appoint any place to be a lazaret for the reception and treatment of lepers.

On 11 May 1939, Fantome Island in the Palm Island Group, North Queensland, was proclaimed a lazaret for the treatment of aborigines with leprosy. In Jul 1939 there were 15 patients at Fantome Island and, in Jan 1940, a further 49 patients were transferred from Peel Island Lazaret.

With improvements in treatment the number of patients gradually decreased, particularly in the 1950s, and, in 1973, patients with Hansen's Disease, as leprosy was now called, were transferred to Palm Island Hospital.

PORTFOLIO CONTROLLING:
Secretary for Health and Home Affairs, 11 May 1939 - 12 Aug 1957
Minister for Health and Home Affairs, 12 Aug 1957 - 26 Sep 1963
Minister for Health, 26 Sep 1963 - 31 Dec 1973

SUBSEQUENT AGENCY:
Palm Island Hospital
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Preferred Citation

Queensland State Archives Agency ID4501, Fantome Island Lazaret
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Last updated 9 September 2016
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