On this day …….. 3rd May 1949

A patient by the name of John Wilmot Allan aged 20 years made a brave escape from the confinements of the criminal ward of the Ararat Mental Asylum. He was committed in 1948 for violent robbery. On the 3rd of May 1949 at 7pm right on the change of shift Allan made his way into the excise yard were he had hidden a fire hose earlier in the day. Before anyone had noticed that he was missing Allan throw the hose over the wall and made his escape. Allan remanded on the run for several months. Once he was found he was returned to Ararat. His description was: Height, 5ft 10in, slight build, fair hair and complexion, and wearing dark blue trousers and black shoes.