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Collapsed signal hut at Fantome Island, 2011
|Location||Fantome Island, Palm Island, Aboriginal Shire of Palm Island, Queensland, Australia|
|Design period||1919 - 1930s (interwar period)|
|Official name: Fantome Island Lock Hospital and Lazaret Sites (former)|
|Type||state heritage (built, archaeological, landscape)|
|Designated||8 June 2012|
|Significant period||Lock Hospital (1928-45); Lazaret (1939-73)|
|Significant components||artefact field, grave surrounds/railings, burial/grave, dam/reservoir, tank stand, pathway/walkway, slab/s - concrete, wall/s - stockade/pallisade, tank - water, building foundations/ruins, artefact field, track, grave marker, well, flagpole/flagstaff, grotto, building foundations/ruins, tank - water, pump, hut/shack, cemetery, pathway/walkway, slab/s - concrete, tank - storage|
Fantome Island Lock Hospital and Lazaret Sites is a heritage-listed former leper colony at Fantome Island, one of the Palm Island group in the Aboriginal Shire of Palm Island, Queensland, Australia. It was built from 1926 to 1945 by Queensland Government. It was added to the Queensland Heritage Register on 8 June 2012.
A feature-length documentary film, Fantome Island, was released in 2011, made by Sean Gilligan and co-produced by Adrian Strong. It follows the story of former patient Joe Eggmolesse, a Kanaka (Pacific Islander) man who had spent 10 years there as a child and who returns to the island for a special Remembrance Day as a 73-year-old. The historical background of racist policies practised by the Queensland government and certain individuals is narrated and shown. The film was shown in the 2011 Brisbane International Film Festival and went on to win two awards, the 2012 John Oxley Memory Award by the State Library of Queensland, and Best Australian Documentary at the 2012 Human Rights Arts & Film Festival. The film has also been shown on NITV and SBS on Demand.
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