Between 1908 and 1919, hundreds of Aboriginal patients were incarcerated in the Lock Hospitals off the coast of Carnarvon, with more than 150 people dying there. The West Australian government established the hospitals for the treatment of Aboriginal people with sexually transmitted infections, but there remains considerable doubt as to the accuracy of such diagnoses – many of which were made by police officers.
Aboriginal people taken to the hospitals were often forcibly removed from their families and communities and transported in traumatic conditions, in chains and under police guard.
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The Lock Hospital work-group is planning for a series of memorial art piece around significant sites of the town to remember the tragedy of the Lock Hospitals. As well as this there will also be a centennial remembrance ceremony hosted on the 9th of January 2019 marking 100 years since the last ship of patients left the island.