What would it be like to be told you were going to live on a beautiful island? Paradise?
But what if you were told you wouldn’t be allowed to leave? Prison?
This was the lot of the Hansen’s Disease (Leprosy) patients at Moreton Bay’s Peel Island during the first half of last century. How did they cope with such a life sentence and what was life really like for them there?
With contributions by former patients, doctors, nurses, attendants, and relatives. “Peel Island – Paradise or Prison?” is the history of Peel’s Quarantine Station and Lazaret (Leprosarium) told by those who were there.
PB 88 pages