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On this day …….. 6th of August 1906

A lunatic by the name Thomas Parker Ewing, whilst being transferred from Dr. Mailer’s home in Ballarat to the Ararat Asylum, escaped on the 6th of August 1906, from his attendant at the railway station. Ewig was found the next morning hiding in a railway carriage in the yards. On making his escape Ewing travelled as far as Warrenheip, and when darkness set in he returned to Ballarat and pawned his watch. It is said that this was the second occasion on which he had escaped from custody, Ewing was taken back to Ararat Asylum.

 

On this day …….. 19th of June 1932

William Augustine McEntee aged 39 was arrested in Stawell on the 1st June 1932 on a charge of unlawful possession of a car. He was also wanted in Adelaide on a charge of having absconded from Gaol. He has convictions dating back to 1915 for shop breaking, larceny, unlawful possession, false pretences, and horse stealing. McEntee was committed to the criminal ward of Ararat Asylum. On the 19th of June 1932, McEntee broke out of his cell and escaped. Staff were amazed and puzzled at the disappearance of McEntee. “God knows how he did it,” said a warden, when asked over the telephone from Melbourne how it was possible for McEntee; have got away undetected. ” One of the most amazed men was the head warden who, a quarter of an hour before, had given McEntee his lunch. At that time the cell was locked and secure, shortly afterwards, while walking along the corridor, was surprised to find the cell door open and McEntee missing. He was described as being very cunning and dangerous criminal. McEntee remained on the run for all must 12 months, before he was court and sent to the Beechworth Gaol. On the 5th of February 1940, William McEntee, made his third escape when he scaled a 15ft wall of the Beechworth Gaol and rode away on a bicycle he obtained in the town. McEntee was arrested in Sydney on the 23rd of December 1942, and charged with breaking and entering and theft of £1000 worth of properly. While being interview by police it was realised that McEntee, had escaped from Beechworth Gaol, and been on the run for nearly three years. He was sentenced to gaol again.

On this day …….. 18th of December 1894

An escaped lunatic from the Ararat Asylum, William Price was recaptured at his parents house in Corop, a small town near Bendigo. The police who were on the lookout for Price, escorted him to the Bendigo Hospital. It is believed that after escaping from the Bendigo Hospital he walked home and appeared quite rational. On the 18th of December 1894 at his parents house, Price violently struck his sister over the head with an iron bar, killing her. On the 23rd of December Mr Smith, J.P held an inquest before a jury of five in relation to Miss Prices death, found that she died from paralysis brought on by shock to the nervous system. The body bore traces of smaller injuries, suggesting the deceased had probably been shoved about by her brother. Price was arrested for the murder of his sister, at the time of the arrest he was so violent that he had to be put in a straight jacket. On the 22nd December Price was sent to the Kew Asylum.

On this day …….. 23rd of August 1949

Only a few hours after they broke out of Ararat Asylum, Victoria on the 23rd of August 1949, three men, described by the police as dangerous criminal lunatics, were recaptured. William Thomas Clark aged 32 years, Norman Connors aged 25 years, and Jack Wilmot Allan aged 20 years. They had been locked in separate cells on the second floor of the criminal wing. Early one morning on the 23rd one of the men picked the lock of his cell door and liberated his two friends. After stealing some other prisoners clothes, the three men scaled a 15ft stone wall and escaped. Three men managed to steal a truck and tried to drive to Melbourne. About 10am Senior Constable Downey, of Buangor, was searching trucks at a police road block, when the three patients jumped from their truck when he had signalled them to stop. The patients ran toward a paddock outside the town, but were chased and captured by Downey, with the aid of civilians. While Downey renewed his search for Clark other police took Connors and Allan back to Ararat. Accompanied by Mr B. White, a local resident, Downey traced Clark to a spot about three miles from Beaufort and about a mile and a half off the main road. When Clark realised Downey was a policeman he pulled an open-bladed pocket-knife from his pocket and began to struggle, but was quickly overpowered. In their few hours of liberty the three patients had walked about 14 miles. All had criminal records, and had been certified as insane, Clark in 1941, Connors in 1944, and Allan in 1947, Allan had escaped before, and after being at large several months had only recently been recaptured. All three patients were returned to their ward.

On this day …….. 6th of August 1906

A lunatic by the name Thomas Parker Ewing, whilst being transferred from Dr. Mailer’s home in Ballarat to the Ararat Asylum, escaped on the 6th of August 1906, from his attendant at the railway station. Ewig was found the next morning hiding in a railway carriage in the yards. On making his escape Ewing travelled as far as Warrenheip, and when darkness set in he returned to Ballarat and pawned his watch. It is said that this was the second occasion on which he had escaped from custody, Ewing was taken back to Ararat Asylum.

 

On this day …….. 19th of June 1932

William Augustine McEntee aged 39 was arrested in Stawell on the 1st June 1932 on a charge of unlawful possession of a car. He was also wanted in Adelaide on a charge of having absconded from Gaol. He has convictions dating back to 1915 for shop breaking, larceny, unlawful possession, false pretences, and horse stealing. McEntee was committed to the criminal ward of Ararat Asylum. On the 19th of June 1932, McEntee broke out of his cell and escaped. Staff were amazed and puzzled at the disappearance of McEntee. “God knows how he did it,” said a warden, when asked over the telephone from Melbourne how it was possible for McEntee; have got away undetected. ” One of the most amazed men was the head warden who, a quarter of an hour before, had given McEntee his lunch. At that time the cell was locked and secure, shortly afterwards, while walking along the corridor, was surprised to find the cell door open and McEntee missing. He was described as being very cunning and dangerous criminal. McEntee remained on the run for all must 12 months, before he was court and sent to the Beechworth Gaol. On the 5th of February 1940, William McEntee, made his third escape when he scaled a 15ft wall of the Beechworth Gaol and rode away on a bicycle he obtained in the town. McEntee was arrested in Sydney on the 23rd of December 1942, and charged with breaking and entering and theft of £1000 worth of properly. While being interview by police it was realised that McEntee, had escaped from Beechworth Gaol, and been on the run for nearly three years. He was sentenced to gaol again.

On This Day ……. 12th May 1891

A heavily beard male lunatic, escaped from the Ararat Asylum, Victoria on the 12th of May 1891. After scaling the wall the man walked down the drive way and past the gate keepers house and onto the railway line. The man wandered along the railway line in the direction of Melbourne. He was finally recaptured after almost being hit by a train.

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 called for and she was taken back to the Ararat Asylum.

 

On this day ………… 24th February 1908

Benjamin Harvey an inmate who escaped from the Ararat Asylum, Victoria on the 24th of February 1908, dressed only in his’ shirt, was captured at an early hour of the 27th of February by Constables Wood and, Lovitt, of Ararat. On the run Harvey called at Mr. Delaney’s farm, and asked if he might sharpen some knives on the grindstone. Harvey explained that he had escaped from the Ballarat Gaol, where he had nearly killed a warder by kicking him. He also told them he knew that the police were pursuing him, but that he did not intend to be caught alive and would need his three butchers’ knives. Once Harvey left Mr. Delaney communicated with the police. Constables Wood and Lovitt went out, but Lovitt stayed near the house to protect Mrs. Delaney and her children. Mr. Delaney arranging that this should be done because he has a good knowledge of the locality, undertook to drive Constable Wood to were he believed Harvey was. At around 2am they found the man’s camp, but the man himself and some of his be longings had gone. However, thinking that Harvey had shifted some of his things, they watched, and in a few minutes he appeared with a knife in each hand. He swore he would kill anyone who tried to arrest him. Constable Wood drew his revolver, and giving his baton to Mr. Delaney, kept the man at bay. Harvey’s whose behaviour was most violent, lunged first at one, then at the other, and refused to listen to the command to thrown his knives down. At last Wood fired over his head, but this only added fire to the man’s fury and when Wood called on Delaney to rush the man and kill him, the Harvey threw the knives on the ground and allowed himself to be handcuffed. He was then brought back to the Ararat Asylum.

 

 

On this day ………… 19th February 1944

Thomas Vernon Vernell (30), surrendered at the Collingwood police Station on the 22nd of February 1944. After escaping from the Ararat asylum on the 19th of February, Vernell ransacked a doctor’s dwelling in the asylum grounds and stole clothing which he changed to replace his mental hospital garments. He was still wearing the stolen cloth when he arrived at the police station. Vernell did not tell the police where he had been, or how he got to Melbourne. He was sent again to an asylum.

 

 

On this day …….. 25th of January 1912

A lunatic who escaped from the Ararat Asylum on the 25th of January 1912, and who’s presence has been causing alarm to the residents of  Lake Bolac, Woorndoo and district. He was captured by Constable Conway and some locales. He had just dined at a farmer house a was walking towards Hamilton, when the police met him. He told the police that he was only looking for work. He was housed in the Caramut lock up until he could be escorted back to Ararat.

 

 

On this day …….. 18th of December 1894

An escaped lunatic from the Ararat Asylum, William Price was recaptured at his parents house in Corop, a small town near Bendigo. The police who were on the lookout for Price, escorted him to the Bendigo Hospital. It is believed that after escaping from the Bendigo Hospital he walked home and appeared quite rational. On the 18th of December 1894 at his parents house, Price violently struck his sister over the head with an iron bar, killing her. On the 23rd of December Mr Smith, J.P held an inquest before a jury of five in relation to Miss Prices death, found that she died from paralysis brought on by shock to the nervous system. The body bore traces of smaller injuries, suggesting the deceased had probably been shoved about by her brother. Price was arrested for the murder of his sister, at the time of the arrest he was so violent that he had to be put in a straight jacket. On the 22nd December Price was sent to the Kew Asylum.