Port Hedland’s Lock Hospital heritage listed

Port Hedland’s Lock Hospital heritage listed
Wednesday 29 May 2019

Port Hedland's Lock Hospital and Burial Ground, which contains the only standing remains of a lock hospital in Western Australia, today joins the State Register of Heritage Places.

The Lock Hospital has already been recognised as an important site under the Aboriginal Heritage Act 1972.

Lock hospitals were established to manage the spread and treatment of sexually transmitted diseases among Aboriginal people. Aboriginal people said to have the non-specific diagnosis of venereal disease, were forcibly removed from country and transported to the hospital, where they were held against their will and in poor conditions.

Aboriginal people were incarcerated at the Port Hedland Lock Hospital from 1919 to the 1930s.

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Image: The former isolation ward at the Port Hedland Lock Hospital

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