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On This Day ……. 20th April 1894

On this day in 1894 Geelong council agreed to provide assistance to the Infirmary and Benevolent Asylum, stating that 20 more beds for inmates of the asylum, were needed, which would involve an increased annual outlay of £300. Councillor Abraham remarked that the Town Council had not for many years contributed towards the support of the local charities. He did not know why it had not done so, and he thought, that they should now depart from custom. It was a crying disgrace to them that people should have to be sent to the Geelong gaol merely because they were old and poor.

 

ON THIS DAY…… 18th December 1901

The prisoner at Geelong Gaol, John Gambil whose name figures upon the gaol records very frequently for disorderly conduct and breaches of gaol discipline, was brought before the visiting magistrates on this day in 1901. Evidence was given by two doctors that the man was Insane. Gambil was committed to the asylum at Kew.

On this day …….. 14th of December 1949

Francis Blair, 34, a dangerous criminal lunatic, who escaped on the 14th of December 1949 from Beechworth Mental Hospital, was recaptured in a Barber’s shop in Wangaratta on the 21st. He had gone into a barber’s saloon to have a shave, and was recognised by his long growth of beard. He was identified by a garage proprietor who read the criminal’s description in the newspaper soon after he had passed him in the street. Blair was sentenced in 1937 to four years imprisonment for Robbery Under Arms, Francis Blair 21 years old at the time and his mate Ronald Blackney 22 were remanded for a week, in the South Melbourne Police Court on charges of having, on July 30th, robbed Ernest George Cooper and Phillip Cohen at 2am of their money, while armed with a revolver, with having stolen a motor car valued at £160, with having had an unregistered pistol in their possession and with having loitered with Intent to commit a felony. Since then Blair has been at Royal Park and Beechworth Mental Hospital. Blair while in the airing yard at Beechworth with other patients, he climbed a loft wall and escaped into open country. He told the police that after escaping he had walked for five hours through rugged country only to find that he had circled Beechworth from his starting point. Blair then waited until dark and after finding the Beechworth Wangaratta road he then walked the 23 miles that night into Wangaratta. Police brought him back to the Asylum. Local police searched the gorge and surrounding countryside. A month ago he wrote to the police asking for legal assistance to secure his release. He had previously been charged with robbery under arms.

On This Day ……. 7th September 1868

Catherine Carey was transferred from the Beechworth Gaol to May Day Hills Lunatic Asylum on the 25th of April 1868. Carey’s husband Thomas had walked out and left her in 1861, it was believed that he lived on Melbourne rd, Donnybrook. Carey escaped on the 7th of September 1868, by walking out of the grounds before the Ha Ha wall was complete. It was believed that Carey was looking for her husband, she stayed at large for three day before being recaptured and returned to the Asylum. On the 20th of December, Carey once again walked out of the Asylum, but this time was not found. It was believed that Carey had escaped again to find her husband.

 

On This Day ……. 21st May 1908

A lunatic named William Martin aged 50 years old, escaped from the criminal ward of the Ararat lunatic asylum on the night of the 21st of May 1908. Martin was able to escape while some alterations to the walls were in progress. He was seen at Crowlands, but managed to disappear before he could be captured. He was 6ft 7in height, and at the time was dressed in asylum clothes.

On This Day ……. 7th May 1900

Martin Carlin was charged with having no visible lawful means of support. Constables Anglin deposed that the accused had been loafing about for some days. He was in a deplorable condition, had no home, no friends and did not know how to make a living. Sergeant Liddell stated that Carlin had been many times previously convicted of vagrancy, and had just been released from the Geelong Gaol after serving 12 months. Accused was mentally weak but not bad enough to commit to the asylum. Accused, who was one-eyed, misshapen and presented an altogether pathetic spectacle, had nothing to say. The Bench had no alternative but to sentence accused to a further term of 12 months imprisonment.

 

On This Day…… 25th April 1869

Margaret Johnson was brought from Howlong to Mayday Hills Lunatic Asylum on the 7th of May 1868, by her brother in law William Johnson. Johnson escaped from the Asylum on this day in 1869, and was not seen again. It was believe that she crossed back over the boarded into the colony of New South Wales.

 

On This Day ……. 20th April 1894

On this day in 1894 Geelong council agreed to provide assistance to the Infirmary and Benevolent Asylum, stating that 20 more beds for inmates of the asylum, were needed, which would involve an increased annual outlay of £300. Councillor Abraham remarked that the Town Council had not for many years contributed towards the support of the local charities. He did not know why it had not done so, and he thought, that they should now depart from custom. It was a crying disgrace to them that people should have to be sent to the Geelong gaol merely because they were old and poor.

 

ON THIS DAY …….. 24th March 1881

Michael Farly was committed on the 1st of September 1880, Farly was a farm at Lake Rowan, near Benalla, where he resided on a 100 arc. He escaped from the asylum on the 24th march 1881.

 

 

ON THIS DAY …….. 22nd March 1868

There was great excitement in Beechworth, North East Victoria on the 22nd March 1868, when the first lunatic escaped from the newly opened Asylum. A young man suffering from idiocy, escaped from the Asylum by climbing over a section of the Ha Ha wall still in construction. The young man walk down the hill into town and visited Fisher’s Hotels were he met Mr. Superintendent Langley were he asked Langley if he could have a nobbler (beer) and a cigar before being returned to the Asylum. Once back the young man again managed to give the warders the slip and got into Beechworth again, but they were soon on his track, and as people are now aware of his roving propensities, he was quickly handed over to Constable Brown, who took him by the hand. Against this the poor young mans protested, saying, ‘Don’t take my hand, and I won’t bolt, ‘your honour.’ The young man was placed in a lockdown ward, so he couldn’t escape again.

 

 

ON THIS DAY – January 10, 1917

PORTLAND

At Portland on this day, Walter Augustus Miller, bookseller and stationer of Casterton attempted to murder his wife and commit suicide. While Mrs. Miller was holding the baby her husband discharged a revolver four times point blank in her face. Three shots took effect. Miller then shot himself in the head; both are in a critical condition, but hopes are entertained of their recovery. Miller, his wife and three children arrived In Portland the week before. Miller is suffering from nervous breakdown. He was under the Impression he was to be placed in an asylum.

ON THIS DAY – 24th December 1950

On Christmas Day 1950, William Stewart 53 years old was found in a basement room rented by another man known as Kharlsen badly mutilated. The crime scene was quite disturbing, Stewart’s body was laying face down in the centre of the room, his right leg and arm was detached and his head was almost decapitated, and a large cross carved in his chest. There was also a lot of vomit in the to suggest Kharlsen could not handle disposing of the body. Kharlsen admitted he had started to cut up the body with a table knife but could not finish the job and had to leave. Kharlsen was found to be suffering religious mania and was committed under the Governors pleasure and sent to Kew Lunatic Asylum.