On this day …….. 23rd September 1863

One of the lunatics confined at the Yarra Bend Asylum escaped from his keeper on the morning 23rd Sept 1863, and threw himself into the Yarra River. The unfortunate man was not observed to rise again. Efforts were made for the recovery of the body, but up to a considerable time after the ocenrrence they were not successful.


On this day …….. 20th September 1859

An Escaped Lunatic, John Hoolahan, alias Harrington, was brought up by Police Contable Brennan as a dangerous lunatic escaped from the Yarra Bend Asylum. The prisoner had been apprehended at Kilmore. He was remanded back to the Asylum


On this day …….. 18th September 1954

After escaping from Ararat Mental Hospital, clothed only in his pyjamas, broke into a house where a woman was alone with her children, in the early hours of the 18th of September 1954. Many shift workers in the Ararat area were afraid to leave their families alone at night. The lady feed the man and called the police. He was taken back to Aradale.


On this day …….. 18th September 1874

A man whose Iname is unknown, and who it is believed is a lunatic escaped from the Yarra Bend Asylum, has been frightening women and children at Hawthorn and the neighbourhood by going about enveloped in a sheet and personating a ghost. One young girl named Brookfield, a servant, was so frightened by his antics and appearance that she had a succession of fits and had to be sent home. The man has since then,” it is said, been found drowned in a waterhole, at Boroondara.


On this day …….. 18th September 1868

Jacob Jobbles was transferred from Yarra Bend Asylum to the Beechworth Asylum on the 23rd of November 1867. Jobbles escape on the 18th of September 1868, he was on the run for 7 days.


On this day …….. 17th September 1859


An unfortunate woman, Eliza Brown, who was discovered at Footscray in a destitute condition, was brought up on the 17th of September 1859, at the Williamstown Police Court, and found to be a lunatic, escaped from the Yarra Bend Lunatic


On this day …….. 17th September 1909

A young man who escaped from Yarra Bend Lunatic Asylum was captured on the 16th of September 1909 in Kilmore. We was brought back to Melbourne.


ON THIS DAY…… 16th September 1861

On this day in 1861, there were altogether 291 prisonors in the gaols of Melbourne; 214 males and 3 females in the Central Gaol; 31 males and 43 females in the Western Gaol. Tho prisoners are classified as follow:-Awaiting trial at the Police Court, 18 males, 1 female ; under remand from magistrate, 9 malee., 7 females; belonging to other stations, 2 males; road-gang, 2 males; hard labour, 124 males, 6 females; imprisonment only, 47 males, 32 females; lunatics, 14 males, 8 females; in default of surettes, 8 males debtors, 8 males ; contempt of court, 1 male.


On this day …….. 16th September 1947

A patient escaped from the Kew Mental Asylum. Any person who can give information that might lead to his apprehension is asked to contact the police immediately.: The patients’ – description is: Age- 23. years, 5 -feet 10 inches, dark hair-: and dark eyes, wearing Government issue grey’ – shirt, dark – overcoat, black’ boots, light grey hat” with black band.


On this day …….. 15th September 1943

On the 15th of September 1943 Robert Bunning aged 30 escaped from Beechworth Mental Hospital. Bunning was a farm labourer and escaped from while working on the hospital farm. Bunning had been committed to the hospital 3 years ago after he had been declared insane while awaiting trial on a charge of having indecently assaulted a girl. His description was 5ft 7in, medium build, fair hair, blue eyes; wearing navy blue trousers and sweater, white striped shirt, collar and tie with black boots. Bunning was found almost a week and taken back to the hospital.

On this day …….. 14th September 1909

Three lunatics escaped during the last few days. One from Kew Asylum, and the others were taken to the Royal Show form an outing where they eluded their attendants.


On this day …….. 14th September 1922

The Sunbury authorities informed the Geelong police on the 14th of September that a lunatic had escaped, and as he formerly lived in Geelong West it was thought, he would be found in the district. The man was apprehended at Geelong West, by
Constables Wilson, Collins and Shields, he was escorted back to Sunbury Asylum.