Ballarat Asylum Escape – James M’Cormick

On This Day…….. 7th of July 1900 James M’Cormick, an old miner escaped from the Ballarat Lunatic Asylum on the 7th of July 1900. M’Cormick walked though the garden and out the gate of the Asylum.

Captain Donegan Escapes From Yarra Bend Asylum

On This Day ………7th July 1883 The notorious Captain Donegan, who was imprisoned for a variety of offences, and was sent to the Yarra Bend Lunatic Asylum, escaped cleverly, and has defied all attempts to find him. He had been confined in the asylum, for five years and got away twice before.

Escaped From Yarra Bend Lunatic Asylum Kitchen

On This Day…… 6th July 1886 Escaped Lunatic – John Fleming John Fleming, a lunatic at Yarra Bend, escaped from the cook-house of the institution on the 6th of July, and could not be traced. The police have been apprised of the escape, and requested to forward any particulars of his whereabouts which they may obtain […]

LUNATIC ESCAPED WHILE PLAYING FOOTBALL

On This Day…… 5th July 1874 John Butler was transferred from the Collingwood Asylum to the Ararat Lunatic Asylum on 16th of November 1868; he had been committed by his wife Mary from kangaroo Flat, Sandhurst. Butler was known by police as a violent man, prone to public outbursts. On the 5th of July 1874 […]

Sunbury Asylum Escape – Lunatic with gun

On This Day …….. 27th June 1930 About midnight on the 27th of June 1930, the Daylesford police went to Bullarto in response to a report that an armed man Norman Brown aged 34, was threatening a family there. They found that a man, who it is said is an escapee from Sunbury Asylum, had […]

Sunbury Asylum Lunatic Escape

On This Day……. 26th June 1922 A search is being made by the Bendigo police for an inmate of the Sunbury Lunatic Asylum, who is stated to have escaped from custody. He is a powerful man and while detained in the receiving ward at the Bendigo Hospital made an attempt to escape. It then took […]

Ballarat Lunatic Asylum Escape

On This Day ……… 23rd June 1905 A man by the name of Alexander Allison, 26 years of age, escaped from this Windermere Hospital for the Insane in Ballarat. Allison was said to be a harmless lunatic. The police were notified of his escape.  

Lunatic Escape From Prison

On this day …….. 19th of June 1932 William Augustine McEntee aged 39 was arrested in Stawell on the 1st June 1932 on a charge of unlawful possession of a car. He was also wanted in Adelaide on a charge of having absconded from Gaol. He has convictions dating back to 1915 for shop breaking, […]

YARRA BEND ASYLUM – LUNATIC WHO MURDERED

ON THIS DAY – June 17, 1913 A tragic affair at the Yarra Bend Lunatic Asylum on June 17 when a patient was killed with an axe handle as the result of a sudden attack by another inmate culminated in the presentment of Arthur Dowell at the Criminal Court charged with the murder. John Joseph […]

INSANE INDIAN

On This Day ……. 13th June 1901 An Indian, who had developed symptoms of insanity since his transfer to the Geelong gaol from Melbourne, was token to the Yarra Bend Asylum. With the Indian travelled an elderly lunatic patient who was committed to the Kew Asylum by the Geelong bench. The pair were under the […]

RELIGIOUS MANIAC ESCAPEE

On this day …….. 12th of June 1896 Information has been received by the Wodonga police that a man named Patrick Sheridan, an inmate of the Beechworth Lunatic Asylum, escaped from that institution on the 12th of June 1896. Sheridan is described as a man of 55 years of age, 8 feet high, with beard […]

LUNATIC ERNEST VICTOR KODSKON

On this day …….. 10th of June 1876 A powerful and dangerous looking foreigner, Ernest Victor Kodskon, who escaped from the Beechworth Lunatic Asylum on the 10th of June 1876, reached the dwelling of Mr. Ancrum Heriot, and frightened the inmates, as he had a stout stick in bis hand. He craved and obtained shelter […]