National Archives of Australia
Series F1 Item 1944/335
Leprosy Cases - Coloured Evacuees 1944
Copyright Paul Mackett 2019
16. 2.1944 From Aborigines Department Adelaide to DNA Canberra
Two boys, one from Balaklava and the other from Blyth had been admitted to the
Metropolitan Infectious Diseases Hospital, Adelaide a few days ago suffering
from Leprosy, and one of the boys had subsequently died.
2. 5.1944 From Methodist Overseas Mission Sydney to Native Affairs Alice Springs
Two of out Half-caste children have been definately declared to be suffering
from Leprosy and are now in Prince Henry Hospital for infectious diseases.
They are Hattie Frith and Peter Marshall. Their condition is not serious and
there is every hope their cure will be complete.
23. 5.1944 From Dept. of Health Canberra to the Northern Territory Administration Darwin
I have to acknowledge your letter 44/335 of 11th May concerning the occurrence
of Leprosy in two half-caste children evacuated to Sydney from the Northern
Territory. I had previous advice concerning the admission of these children
(Matilda (Hattie) Frith and Peter Marshall) to the Little Bay Leper Station.)
They are now in Little Bay, besides these children, F Chan, Michael Corbett,
T Cole and Madge Gaden. Mrs Priscilla Herbert was discharged last November.
Owing to the shortage of accomodation at Little Bay, it may be necessary to
arrange transport to Peel Island (Brisbane) if further cases occur amongst
people evacuated from the Territory.
16. 6.1944 From Department of Health Adelaide to Director of Health Canberra
Leprosy Survey Amongst Northern Territory Evacuees
Letter mentions Clara Mollomini, aged 15 years, at Carrieton with
leprosy. Arrangements made for Clare for admission to the Infectious
Diseases Hospital in Adelaide.
At Peterborough one of the evacuees, Mrs McCoy, incited others to refuse
List of Half-Caste Evacuees medically examined by Dr Ponsford
Clare Mollomini (leprosy suspect)
Mrs Agnes McLennan
Mrs Ethel Buckle
Mrs Lindy Peckham
Mrs Elsie Tolbert
Mrs Martha Hart
Mrs Ada Ali Matt
List of Half-Caste Evacuees examined by Dr McEwin 21. 5.1944
From Hamley Bridge
11. 7.1944 From Department of Health Canberra to Department of the Interior Canberra
Arrangements for Clare Mollomini for her transport by air for admission to
the Channel Island Leper Station Darwin.
25. 7.1944 From Department of Health Adelaide to the Department of the Interior Adelaide
Clare Mollomini, the Aboriginal girl who has been living at the Convent at
Carrieton and was found to be suffering from Leprosy was transferred to the Darwin
Leprosarium by aeroplane on the 25th July 1944, accompanied by an Army Nursing
5.11.1944 From the Male Lazaret to the Medical Superintendent Prince Henry Hospital
T E Cole having problems with his affairs in the Northern Territory and
would like to return.
29.11.1944 From Department of Health Canberra to the Acting Director General of Health
In the Little Bay Lazaret at Sydney we have six Territory lepers, two of whom
were evacuees from Channel Island (Madge Gaden and Michael Corbett).
Frederick Chan, an Australian born Chinese aged 18, Peter Marshall aged 9 and
Matilda Frith half-caste Aboriginal aged 14 have developed Leprosy since
evacuation from the Territory and have been admitted as confirmed lepers to the
Another Aboriginal boy, Carey Hall, aged 8, has now been admitted to Little Bay.
He came from Roper River and was evacuated to the Church Missionary Society's
Home at Mulgoa, New South Wales, about two years.
T E Cole, a former resident of the Territory, who joined the AIF and went into the
Peel Island Lazaret, Brisbane as a leper, absconded from Peel Island, and is not
at Little Bay.
Wish to transport some or all to Channel Island.
18.12.1944 From Department of Health Canberra to Department of the Interior Canberra
Leprosy in N.T. Evacuees
Three more cases of Leprosy have recently been found in evacuees from the N.T.
and admitted to Little Bay Lazaret, Sydney. They are -
Carey Hall, aboriginal boy aged 8, ex Roper River Mission Station
and CMS Home at Mulgoa, NSW.
Mrs May Ethel Jaconsen, aged 45 (ex Emungalen, Katherine, Birdum and Darwin).
Mrs Margaret Rosalind Hall, aged 30, ex Roper River Mission Station
and CMS Home at Mulgoa, NSW.
There are also at Little Bay, ex N.T., Madge Gaden and Michael Corbett (both
formerly inmates of Channel Island), Frederick Chan, Peter Marshall, Matilda Frith
and T E Cole.