May 2001
Matiu/Somes Island was formally designated for quarantine purposes in 1869 and was first used in March 1872.


Islands close to harbours have long been used to quarantine people with contagious diseases. The facilities on Matiu/Somes Island were refurbished and extended in 1918-19 and were maintained in readiness until World War II (1939-45) but were little used. The accommodation blocks were used in both World War I and World War II to house interned enemy aliens.

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