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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 – 27th February 1890

A warder who was in charge of five convicts, left the gaol on the 27th of February 1890, to escort the prisoners to the Botanical Gardens, where they were to work. When it became time to leave, the warden noticed that he was missing a prisoner. He decided that he would take the four remaining prisoners back to the gaol, he would then come return to the gardens and look for the escapee. The warden knowing that he was going to lose his job, for losing a prisoner, was worried. As they were leaving the missing prisoner run up to the group in a state of breathlessness, exclaiming ” I was awfully afraid 1 was left behind. I went to sleep behind a tree, and thought I would have awoke in time. So glad I caught you. Mother prisoner were taken back to the gaol.

 

 

ON THIS DAY…… 2nd January 1895

Joseph Clark, a noted criminal, who in had attempted to escape from the Geelong gaol on two other occasion. Clark was believed to be one of the hardest convicts in the colony, and in his life of crime had been flogged 400 times with the cat of nine tales that’s a total of 3,600 cuts on his back. On the night of the 2nd of January 1895, Clark made another determined attempt to escape by smuggled a large jemmy bar into his cell. The idea was to use the bar to brake through the brick ceiling on the third floor and crawl in to the attic space. Clark almost succeeded in breaking, through the roof when he was discovered. He had another 6 months adding to his sentence.

 

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 – 27th February 1890

A warder who was in charge of five convicts, left the gaol on the 27th of February 1890, to escort the prisoners to the Botanical Gardens, where they were to work. When it became time to leave, the warden noticed that he was missing a prisoner. He decided that he would take the four remaining prisoners back to the gaol, he would then come return to the gardens and look for the escapee. The warden knowing that he was going to lose his job, for losing a prisoner, was worried. As they were leaving the missing prisoner run up to the group in a state of breathlessness, exclaiming ” I was awfully afraid 1 was left behind. I went to sleep behind a tree, and thought I would have awoke in time. So glad I caught you. Mother prisoner were taken back to the gaol.

 

 

ON THIS DAY…… 2nd January 1895

Joseph Clark, a noted criminal, who in had attempted to escape from the Geelong gaol on two other occasion. Clark was believed to be one of the hardest convicts in the colony, and in his life of crime had been flogged 400 times with the cat of nine tales that’s a total of 3,600 cuts on his back. On the night of the 2nd of January 1895, Clark made another determined attempt to escape by smuggled a large jemmy bar into his cell. The idea was to use the bar to brake through the brick ceiling on the third floor and crawl in to the attic space. Clark almost succeeded in breaking, through the roof when he was discovered. He had another 6 months adding to his sentence.