On this day …….. 1st of January 1950

Third Escape at Beechworth

Samuel George Southam, 48 years, escaped, from Beechworth Mental Hospital on this day. It was the third escape reported from the hospital in the past week. Southam, who is not considered dangerous, walked out of the gates at 8 am. Hospital authorities carried out a search without success. The missing man is described as about 5 feet 1 inch, medium build, brown eyes, sallow complexion, ana has several front teeth missing. When last seen he was wearing a green shirt and khaki trousers.