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Archaeologists investigate medical incarceration of Indigenous Australians in leprosariums

Kerry Churnside remembers looking after her Uncle Horace when she was a little girl.

"He was in a wheelchair because of his leprosy; he had weak hands and legs. We would push him out into the sunshine every morning; he loved the sun," she said.

"My mother went to the Health Department in Port Hedland and said she wanted Horace to stay with us at home. She was frightened she'd never see him again if he left."
Horace was allowed to be cared for at home but the Ngarluma elder's story is an uncommon one.

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