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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Katherine Gorge

AAT Kings Day Tours Top End

Darwin

Entrance to the East Point Military Museum and the Defence of Darwin Experience at East Point. Both sites share a common entry and reception.

Darwin Military Museum

East Point, Darwin

Oil tank wall with graffiti artwork to internal face of new concrete stabilising wall. Cracks in the wall have been repaired and can be seen in the image.

Remnant No 6 Oil Tank Wall

Darwin

Aboriginal Fine Arts Gallery

Aboriginal Fine Arts Gallery

Darwin

Big Bus Darwin at Tourist Information Centre, hop-on hop-off sightseeing

Big Bus Darwin

Darwin

Mothership

Humbug Fishing

Bayview, Darwin

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