On This Day ……. 21st May 1908 A lunatic named William Martin aged 50 years old, escaped from the criminal ward of the Ararat lunatic asylum on the night of the 21st of May 1908. Martin was able to escape while some alterations to the walls were in progress. He was seen at Crowlands, but […]


On this day……. 5th May 1899 On the 5th of May 1899, a female patient from the Ararat Lunatic Asylum escaped by walking out the front door. The young lady managed to walk to Great Western along the train tracks a distance of over 20kms. Once she arrived at her sisters house the police were […]

Murder in the Asylum

On this Day – April 18, 1875 Ararat Lunatic Asylum An inquest on the body of Aaron Thomas, an inmate of the Ararat Lunatic Asylum, who was killed by another inmate named Fitzgerald on Sunday, says the Advertiser, was held on Tuesday by the coroner. Fitzgerald is described as an unusually muscular and powerfully-built man, […]

Attacked by a Lunatic

On this day …….. 18th of April 1877 A miner named Louis Cahoon, residing at Twist’s Creek was attacked by a lunatic who had escape from the Beechworth Asylum. While on his way to a neighbour house on this day in 1877, at 6 pm, was violently attacked in the dark.  As Cahoon was passing […]

On The Run

On this day …….. 18th of April 1876 On this day in 1876 a lunatic named Richard Pace managed to effect his escape from the Beechworth Lunatic Asylum. For nearly a month he had been wandering about the bush. At one time he was seen on the Boorhaman run near to where the man Greenwood […]

Inquiry into Patient

On This Day……… 10th April 1859 Yarra Bend Lunatic Asylum – Kew On this day in 1859, an inquiry was held into the condition of a patient transferred from Melbourne Gaol to Yarra Bend Lunatic Asylum. Mary Ann Wilcox body was covered in cuts and sores covering her body. John Gale stated: I am the […]

Turnkey Catherine Smith

On This Day ……. 1st April 1854 On the 1st April 1854, Catherine Smith, female turnkey of the Geelong gaol, described a lunatic prison Ann Connelly. The Prisoner was rather violent and was very dirty in her habits, and required attendance as a child. She has been obliged to keep her bed from dysentery, and […]

Large Squads of Armed Police

ON THIS DAY ……. 26th March 1949 Robert Whyte Sparks, 40 years old lunatic who was described as being 5ft 9in high with long dark hair, sallow complexion, protruding eyes with a tooth missing from his upper jaw, and walks with a stoop, escaped on this day in 1949, at 4am. Sparks escaped from a […]

First Lunatic to Escape Beechworth

ON THIS DAY …….. 22nd March 1868 There was great excitement in Beechworth, North East Victoria on the 22nd March 1868, when the first lunatic escaped from the newly opened Asylum. A young man suffering from idiocy, escaped from the Asylum by climbing over a section of the Ha Ha wall still in construction. The […]

Attempt To Break Out of Gaol

On this day ………… 7th March 1900 On the 7th of March 1900, Edward Brown, prisoner attempted to escape from the Geelong Gaol, in which he was serving a sentence of five years for burglary. It is not regarded seriously by the prison authorities. The facts of the case have been brought under the notice […]

Inquest on body of Lunatic

On This Day – 6th March 1854 A coroner’s inquest was held at the Geelong Gaol on this day in 1854, at 1pm. Coroner, Mr Forster Shaw and a respectable Jury, view the body of Ann Connelly, late a prisoner lunatic. George Coward, colonial assistant surgeon, being sworn. The deceased, Ann Connelly, had been in […]

Death of a Lunatic

On This Day – 5th March 1854 A sad case of the death of a Lunatic at the Geelong gaol on this day in 1854. The body of a deceased lunatic, Ann Connelly, shows how horribly the authorities neglect to provide for the wants of the community. By the evidence there given, we find the […]