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Stay Away!

St Helena was an island prison and, as such, the authorities in Brisbane made it perfectly clear: it was ‘absolutely necessary that intercourse between the island and the mainland shall be as much as possible restricted’.

Public notices warned civilians to stay clear of St Helena Island.

Any boat getting too close would be challenged. Indeed, those who ignored the warning were sometimes fired upon by the prison’s warders, as one contemporary newspaper reported in 1886.

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