The Dayman Island facility received non-European patients, the majority of which were Chinese. South Sea Islander and Chinese people who were thought to carry and spread leprosy, consequently they were removed to the isolated and uninhabited island.
Dayman Island was a Lazaret in name only. The patients were abandoned on Dayman Island and left to fend for themselves. In Going to the Gums: the lazaret on Peel Island (2007), Dr Hugo Ree writes:
'The men were provided with food, seeds, fishing tackle and some tools; two military tents were put up for their accommodation. The steamer that had brought them then sailed away.'
The passing of the Leprosy Act of 1892 resulted in the estabishment of two leprosariums; one on Friday Island for non-Europeans and the other on Stradbroke Island for Europeans. The patients on Dayman Island were transferred to Friday Island.
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24 January 2018
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