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On this day …….. 3rd May 1949

A patient by the name of John Wilmot Allan aged 20 years made a brave escape from the confinements of the criminal ward of the Ararat Mental Asylum. He was committed in 1948 for violent robbery. On the 3rd of May 1949 at 7pm right on the change of shift Allan made his way into the excise yard were he had hidden a fire hose earlier in the day. Before anyone had noticed that he was missing Allan throw the hose over the wall and made his escape. Allan remanded on the run for several months. Once he was found he was returned to Ararat. His description was: Height, 5ft 10in, slight build, fair hair and complexion, and wearing dark blue trousers and black shoes.

 

ON THIS DAY ……. 26th March 1949

Robert Whyte Sparks, 40 years old lunatic who was described as being 5ft 9in high with long dark hair, sallow complexion, protruding eyes with a tooth missing from his upper jaw, and walks with a stoop, escaped on this day in 1949, at 4am. Sparks escaped from a heavily barred single room in a ward where the most dangerous male patients were housed. Sparks got out of his cell by forcing the window open with a piece of wire torn from the mattress on his bed. He escaped over the asylum wall by tearing two sheets into strips and platting them into a 35 foot rope. Sparks was considered a dangerous inmate and was usually kept in J ward which is strongly guarded, but he was temporally housed in the main build of Aradale. All he was wearing was a shirt when he escaped, but stole cloths from the back yard of a nearby house. Sparks had in his possession two grey white blankets with a broad blue stripe and two sheets. Large squads of armed police and warders searched densely timbered country near Ararat for a dangerous lunatic, were he was recaptured 14 hours later at 6pm.

 

 

On this day …….. 3rd May 1949

A patient by the name of John Wilmot Allan aged 20 years made a brave escape from the confinements of the criminal ward of the Ararat Mental Asylum. He was committed in 1948 for violent robbery. On the 3rd of May 1949 at 7pm right on the change of shift Allan made his way into the excise yard were he had hidden a fire hose earlier in the day. Before anyone had noticed that he was missing Allan throw the hose over the wall and made his escape. Allan remanded on the run for several months. Once he was found he was returned to Ararat. His description was: Height, 5ft 10in, slight build, fair hair and complexion, and wearing dark blue trousers and black shoes.

 

ON THIS DAY ……. 26th March 1949

Robert Whyte Sparks, 40 years old lunatic who was described as being 5ft 9in high with long dark hair, sallow complexion, protruding eyes with a tooth missing from his upper jaw, and walks with a stoop, escaped on this day in 1949, at 4am. Sparks escaped from a heavily barred single room in a ward where the most dangerous male patients were housed. Sparks got out of his cell by forcing the window open with a piece of wire torn from the mattress on his bed. He escaped over the asylum wall by tearing two sheets into strips and platting them into a 35 foot rope. Sparks was considered a dangerous inmate and was usually kept in J ward which is strongly guarded, but he was temporally housed in the main build of Aradale. All he was wearing was a shirt when he escaped, but stole cloths from the back yard of a nearby house. Sparks had in his possession two grey white blankets with a broad blue stripe and two sheets. Large squads of armed police and warders searched densely timbered country near Ararat for a dangerous lunatic, were he was recaptured 14 hours later at 6pm.