Lunatic Asylum Opens – Beechworth

On this day …….. 24th of October 1867 On this day in 1867, Mayday Hills Lunatic Asylum opened in Beechworth, North East Victoria. The first patients were transferred from the Beechworth Gaol under the control of Superintendent Dr Dick. The Beechworth asylum was one of three large Lunatic Asylums built in Victoria.  

Ten Pounds Reward – Collingwood Stockade Escape

On this day …….. 29th September 1853 Government Gazette this reward is offered for the apprehension of a prisoner of the Crown, who affected his escape from the Collingwood Stockade, on the morning of the 29th Sept. Personal description -Name, Thomas Quinn, ship to the Colony, Cadet, offence, robbery, age, twenty three years, height, five […]

Illegally at Large – Collingwood Stockade Escape

On this day …….. 28th September 1860 William Haynes, a prisoner of the Crown, was charged on this day with being Illegally at Large after having escaped from Collingwood Stockade.  

Lunatic John O’Brien – Sunbury Asylum Escape

On this day …….. 26th September 1896 An inmate of the Lunatic Asylum at Sunbury, names John O’Brien made his escape on the 26th of September 1896, got on the railway line and walked towards Footscray. He was followed by a warder on horseback, but through the horse, breaking, down a ceed any further. A […]

Criminal lunatic escapes – Kew Asylum

On this day …….. 23rd September 1923 Quite a stir was created at the Kew Asylum when it became known that Charles Joseph Potter, alias “William M. Maxted, a criminal lunatic, had escaped from the institution. Potter, who has been convicted in New Zealand and New South Wales, was serving a sentence of two years’ […]

Escapee – Yarra Bend Lunatic Asylum

On this day …….. 23rd September 1863 One of the lunatics confined at the Yarra Bend Asylum escaped from his keeper on the morning 23rd Sept 1863, and threw himself into the Yarra River. The unfortunate man was not observed to rise again. Efforts were made for the recovery of the body, but up to […]

Lunatic John Hoolahan escapes – Yarra Bend Lunatic Asylum

On this day …….. 20th September 1859 An Escaped Lunatic, John Hoolahan, alias Harrington, was brought up by Police Contable Brennan as a dangerous lunatic escaped from the Yarra Bend Asylum. The prisoner had been apprehended at Kilmore. He was remanded back to the Asylum  

Lunatic in pyjamas breaks into house – Ararat

On this day …….. 18th September 1954 After escaping from Ararat Mental Hospital, clothed only in his pyjamas, broke into a house where a woman was alone with her children, in the early hours of the 18th of September 1954. Many shift workers in the Ararat area were afraid to leave their families alone at […]

Lunatic escaped – Yarra Bend Lunatic Asylum

On this day …….. 18th September 1874 A man whose Iname is unknown, and who it is believed is a lunatic escaped from the Yarra Bend Asylum, has been frightening women and children at Hawthorn and the neighbourhood by going about enveloped in a sheet and personating a ghost. One young girl named Brookfield, a […]

Lunatic on the run for 7 days – Beechworth

On this day …….. 18th September 1868 Jacob Jobbles was transferred from Yarra Bend Asylum to the Beechworth Asylum on the 23rd of November 1867. Jobbles escape on the 18th of September 1868, he was on the run for 7 days.  

Lunatic Eliza Brown escapes – Yarra Bend Lunatic Asylum

On this day …….. 17th September 1859   An unfortunate woman, Eliza Brown, who was discovered at Footscray in a destitute condition, was brought up on the 17th of September 1859, at the Williamstown Police Court, and found to be a lunatic, escaped from the Yarra Bend Lunatic Asylum.  

Escaped Lunatic – Yarra Bend Lunatic Asylum

On this day …….. 17th September 1909 A young man who escaped from Yarra Bend Lunatic Asylum was captured on the 16th of September 1909 in Kilmore. We was brought back to Melbourne.