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 unfortunates incarcerated within the gaol walls are treated more like brutes than rational beings, and, to use the words of the gaoler himself, “the present system is quite subversive of prison discipline.” When will the Government listen to the voice of reason? An inquest was held the following day.