Channel Island Leprosarium and Reefs

Historical Sites and Heritage Locations

Channel Island was declared a Quarantine Station by the Chief Secretary in August 1884 when all vessels had to be cleared before anchoring at Port Darwin. It was used for a leprosy patient in 1885 and for small-pox patients from 1887. Permanent structures were not erected until September 1914 when Channel Island was one of four ‘first-aid’ or minor stations for all cases of disease requiring isolation. In 1930 a new Quarantine Station was opened on East Arm and Channel Island was converted to a Leprosarium. The Leprosarium is culturally significant because it provides a unique view of a compulsorily isolated group of people who existed under extreme physical and, in some cases, mental conditions. It demonstrates an official policy of enforced segregation of diseased people. The ruins are evidence of the Quarantine requirements of the period, including segregation, at a time when the rest of the world was modifying its compulsory isolation laws. The Channel Island Reef is significant for its diverse coral.

Facilities

Birdwatching Disabled access available Hiking

Nearby Things to Do

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NT Short Break

AAT Kings Short Breaks (Top End)

Darwin

Frog Hollow – mature trees on the site. The landscape is well maintained

Frog Hollow

Darwin

Me and 2 ladies

Darwin Bike Tours

Darwin

Darwin Audio Tour

Darwin Audio Tour

Darwin

flying over Darwin city

Nautilus Aviation

Charles Darwin

Scenic helicopter flight over cathedral termite mounds

Matt Wright, Explore the Wild

Darwin

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