Sweers Island,one of the Wellesley Islands, offers a unique opportunity for keen recreational fishers, their families, or visitors wanting to make the most of this beautiful islands beaches, wildlife, and history.
At one time the entire settlement of Burketown was evacuated and relocated to Sweers Island due to an outbreak of Gulf Fever, now thought to be an outbreak of malaria. The fever killed many hundreds of people, including the local Indigeneous people who had no immunity to such a disease. The Burketown Cemetery has the dubious honour of being the site of Australia's largest mass grave with over 200 victims buried in this simple grave.
Sweers Island was home to the fever survivors for approximately 18 months before it was deemed safe to return to Burketown.
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