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On This Day……. 26th June 1922

A search is being made by the Bendigo police for an inmate of the Sunbury Lunatic Asylum, who is stated to have escaped from custody. He is a powerful man and while detained in the receiving ward at the Bendigo Hospital made an attempt to escape. It then took several men to overpower him and convey him to the wards.

 

On this day …….. 12th of June 1896

Information has been received by the Wodonga police that a man named
Patrick Sheridan, an inmate of the Beechworth Lunatic Asylum, escaped
from that institution on the 12th of June 1896. Sheridan is described as a man of 55 years of age, 8 feet high, with beard turning grey, and was wearing a dark “paget” coat (with buttons low down on chest) and white moleskin trousers also a dark hard felt hat. He was seen a few days ago at Wooragee, making towards Indigo Creek, and was afterwards seen on the Yackandandah road, about nine miles from Wodonga, and carrying a stick in his hand. Any information as to Sheridan’s whereabout should at once be sent to the police, in order that the man, who is a religious maniac, may be re-captured.

ON THIS DAY …… April 19, 2010

Barwon Prison

On 19 April 2010, Williams died from head injury while incarcerated at Barwon Prison. He was struck with part of an exercise bike by another inmate, Matthew Charles Johnson, who was convicted for the murder, and sentenced in December 2011 to 32 years’ jail. Williams’ funeral was held on 30 April 2010 at St Therese’s Catholic Church in Essendon. In January 2011 it was reported that Williams’ resting place consisted of a nameless plot, without a headstone.

 

On this day …….. 26th September 1896

An inmate of the Lunatic Asylum at Sunbury, names John O’Brien made his escape on the 26th of September 1896, got on the railway line and walked towards Footscray. He was followed by a warder on horseback, but through the horse, breaking, down a ceed any further. A telephone message was therefore sent to the Footscray police and Senior-Constable McGrath and Constable Gierck proceeded to Victoria street, near where they met the escapee. He was detained here for the night, and sent back next morning in charge of warder. It appears that O’Brien, who is a powerful man, has been an inmate of the asylum for 9 years, and has often shown signs of violence, but although he endeavoured to avoid arrest, he submitted quietly when he saw no chance of escape.

 

On this day …….. 4th September 1936

An inmate from the Mont Park Mental Home escaped and made his way northward to the foot of the ranges. He was seen at Arthur’s Creek and Strathewen the following day, where he called at the home of Mrs Brain. After wards he left in the direction of the heavily timbered country at the head of Arthur’s Creek. Residents need not be alarmed if the man is still at large when this item appears for he is described by the asylum authorities as perfectly harmless. His description is-aged about 45 years, 5 ft. 3 ins. tall, dark appearance, dark beard, and wearing a blue coat and white asylum trousers. Constable Brough, of Whitlesea, and others. have. been searching for the man, who appears to have taken refuge in he densely wooded country.

 

On this day …….. 3rd September 1935

Asylum attendants and the Kew police searched for an inmate of the Kew Asylum who escaped from the Institution late on the 3rd of September 1935, after a number of Inmates had been taken to see a motion picture in the main building, it was found that the man had disappeared. The attendants made a through search of the ground, and police on bicycle patrol on adjoining streets. A description of the man is as follows – aged about 45 years, 5ft 8in in height, thick set, allghtly steeping, wearing grey overcoat, felt hat, and dark trousers.

 

On This Day……. 26th June 1922

A search is being made by the Bendigo police for an inmate of the Sunbury Lunatic Asylum, who is stated to have escaped from custody. He is a powerful man and while detained in the receiving ward at the Bendigo Hospital made an attempt to escape. It then took several men to overpower him and convey him to the wards.

 

On this day …….. 12th of June 1896

Information has been received by the Wodonga police that a man named
Patrick Sheridan, an inmate of the Beechworth Lunatic Asylum, escaped
from that institution on the 12th of June 1896. Sheridan is described as a man of 55 years of age, 8 feet high, with beard turning grey, and was wearing a dark “paget” coat (with buttons low down on chest) and white moleskin trousers also a dark hard felt hat. He was seen a few days ago at Wooragee, making towards Indigo Creek, and was afterwards seen on the Yackandandah road, about nine miles from Wodonga, and carrying a stick in his hand. Any information as to Sheridan’s whereabout should at once be sent to the police, in order that the man, who is a religious maniac, may be re-captured.

ON THIS DAY …… April 19, 2010

Barwon Prison

On 19 April 2010, Williams died from head injury while incarcerated at Barwon Prison. He was struck with part of an exercise bike by another inmate, Matthew Charles Johnson, who was convicted for the murder, and sentenced in December 2011 to 32 years’ jail. Williams’ funeral was held on 30 April 2010 at St Therese’s Catholic Church in Essendon. In January 2011 it was reported that Williams’ resting place consisted of a nameless plot, without a headstone.

 

ON THIS DAY……….. 28th of March 1899

Alice Maud Jepson, wife of Johann Christian Jepson a lighterman, was arrested by Constable Harris of Yarraville, on suspicion of having murdered her son Francis Norman Jepson, aged seven years. Jepson was brought before Messrs Warner and Gallant J.P.s at the Footscray Police Court. The accused appeared to be fairly well composed and chatted cheerfully with her husband, who sat beside her. Sub-inspector Oliver appeared for the police and sought a remand to the Port Melbourne Court. Constable Harris gave formal evidence of the arrest, and accused was then remanded to appear at Port Melbourne on the 6th of April. Mr Jepson is anxious to correct an impression that his wife had for some time been an inmate of a lunatic asylum. He denies this absolutely. He declares that his wife was “the best wife ever a man had.” She had just told him, he added, that “their boy was now dead. She was sure he had gone to Heaven, and would be exalted. Jepaon was found guilty of the murder of her son by wilfully drowning him at Fisherman’s Bend in the Yarra.

 

ON THIS DAY …….. 26th March 1911

Thomas Hill, aged 72 years, an inmate of the Benevolent Asylum at North Melbourne, died on this day in 1911, under peculiar circumstances. He complained to Nurse Moroney that he was not well, and about three tablespoonful of rum in water were given to him. Subsequently he became ill, and Dr. Woinarski was telephoned for. Hill, however, died, and as there were signs of strychnine poisoning the body was removed to the morgue, and the contents of the bottle from which Nurse Moroney had obtained the rum have been forwarded to the Government analyst for examination. The officials of the asylum state that it is the custom when inmates bring in bottles of liquor to take it away from them and place it in the dispensary for medicinal purposes. This particular bottle of rum had been taken, it is alleged, from an inmate, and had been sent to the dispensary from which Nurse Moroney obtained it.

 

 

On this day …….. 26th September 1896

An inmate of the Lunatic Asylum at Sunbury, names John O’Brien made his escape on the 26th of September 1896, got on the railway line and walked towards Footscray. He was followed by a warder on horseback, but through the horse, breaking, down a ceed any further. A telephone message was therefore sent to the Footscray police and Senior-Constable McGrath and Constable Gierck proceeded to Victoria street, near where they met the escapee. He was detained here for the night, and sent back next morning in charge of warder. It appears that O’Brien, who is a powerful man, has been an inmate of the asylum for 9 years, and has often shown signs of violence, but although he endeavoured to avoid arrest, he submitted quietly when he saw no chance of escape.