In the 1880s, the Woodman Point Quarantine Station was established to isolate immigrants from the community whilst being cleared of smallpox, bubonic plague and Spanish influenza which was ravaging Europe, the Americas and Asia.

300 of the most unwell soldiers were ferried ashore to the Quarantine Station at Woodman Point south of Fremantle. Three men died on the first day at the station. The condition of some deteriorated further with more dying as well as more than 20 nursing and medical staff becoming infected.
Due to the bravery, compassion and skills from those who staffed the station, most survived.

The facility continued to be used intermittently as a quarantine station until about 1979 when it closed.