Monthly meetings

6.30pm for 7pm
Light refreshments available, gold coin donation appreciated.

Meeting dates for 2015

We meet on the 2nd Monday of each month at 7pm.
Light refreshments available.

Venue: IndigiScapes Centre, 17 Runnymede Road (off Redland Bay Road), Capalaba 4157, (07) 3824 8611

Volunteer for island working bees

Lend a hand to help maintain the buildings and surrounding environment. This is currently the only way to stay overnight at the Lazaret with time to spend appreciating the island.

Available only to FOPIA members, one working bee weekend is scheduled per month, subject to weather conditions. We travel by ferry to One Mile on Stradbroke Island, and then by small Parks boat to Peel which means space is restricted to 6 volunteers.

Contact Scott Fowle for details on space, transport and other arrangements.

Book for sale

Going to the GumsFOPIA's book "going to the gums...the lazaret on Peel Island" received a Silver Governor's Heritage Award from the National Trust of Queensland.

Thanks to a Q150 Community Grant for $10,000, and further support from the Queensland Heritage Council, FOPIA has published a book titled "going to the gums..." which is based on the exhibition of the same name held in 2007 to commemorate the Centenary of the Lazaret.  

It contains information on the patients, staff, treatment, buildings and closure of the lazaret. A brief Peel Island Coloured Patients and Houseshistory of the leprosy has also been provided by Dr Hugo Ree.

Edited by FOPIA members Tracy Ryan, Rhonda Bryce and Gabrielle van Willigen, this bookwill contribute to the public's awarenessof the Lazaret, and the lasting impacts Hansen's disease and the health policies of the 20th century had on patients and their families.

Launched 24 Feburary 2009 by Her Excellency, Ms Penelope Wensley, AO, at the Redcliffe Museum. This is also the venue for FOPIA's travelling exhibition "going to the gums...".

Copies of the book (88 pages, full colour) are available directly from FOPIA, and Fort Lytton National Park.

Price includes postage and handling: FOPIA members $18.00 including postage | Non-members $26.95.

Available by contacting FOPIA

going to the gums order form

2011 Events

  • 2 August - rededicaiton of newly refurbished Catholic church
  • Boat trip fundraiser to Russell Island, with visit to the Southern Moreton Bay Islands Museum a highlight

Bishop Joseph Oudeman and Fr Frank O'Dea rededicating the churchRefurbished inside of churchVisiting the Southern Moreton Bay Islands Museum

2010 Events

2008 Events

  • Beach landing on Peel IslandLazaret families visit Peel
  • Boat trip fundraiser

2007 Events

  • Centenary of Lazaret opening
    - Talk by Mrs Gabriel at the Queensland Museum
    - Opening of the exhibition "going to the gums..." at the Redland Museum
  • Wildflower tour on Stradbroke Island
  • CRL $11,000 Grant for carvings


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