Cobus van Bosch

Leper patients on Robben Island, late 1800’s. (Oil on canvas, 50cm x 76cm, 2013).
Source: Western Cape Archives

Robben Island in Table Bay served as a leper colony from around 1845 to 1931. At times it housed more than 1000 inmates, all sent there involuntary after the introduction of the Leprosy Repression Act in 1892. Various graves of leprosy sufferers still remain on the island.