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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 …….. 12th of December 1902

There was great excitement in Lancefield with the news that a lunatic was at large on the Lancefield road, near Forbes. When the police arrived at the place found a man behaving in a violent manner, with almost all his clothes off. With considerable difficulty he was arrested, and it was found that he was George Weir, who escaped from the Sunbury Asylum on the 12th December 1902. Weir was previously arrested in Kilmore in February of last year, when he threatened to burn the whole country down. He was brought before the court, were he was pronounced a dangerous lunatic by the doctors. Weir was removed to the Kew Asylum.

 

On this day …….. 23rd September 1923

Quite a stir was created at the Kew Asylum when it became known that Charles Joseph Potter, alias “William M. Maxted, a criminal lunatic, had escaped from the institution. Potter, who has been convicted in New Zealand and New South Wales, was serving a sentence of two years’ imprisonment for an offence at the Garden, Vale railway station, and had been placed in the refractory ward. He lifted himself to the unbarred window, and eluding, the warder patrols, soon made his escape. The police were informed at a later hour, and a search was made without result, Potter, who is 28 years of age and of medium build, is believed to be wearing; a light grey cap and a dark overcoat. ‘He has a scar on the left ear.

 

On this day …….. 14th September 1909

Three lunatics escaped during the last few days. One from Kew Asylum, and the others were taken to the Royal Show form an outing where they eluded their attendants.

 

On this day …….. 11th September 1896

A lunatic named Coghlan escaped from the Kew Asylum on 11th of September 1896. At about 10.30 a.m. Constable W. Whiddett, who was witching near the bridge on the Flemington road, saw a man approaching shouting and gesticulating. Whiddett in a moment concluded that the man was the escaped lunatic. The constable, in an apparently unconcerned way, bade him good-day, and asked ” if he was going far.” The lunatic made some incoherent reply, and attempted to pass the officer. In a moment Whiddett threw himself on the man and tried to manacle him. With a violent effort the lunatic freed himself, and. upon being again seized, struck the constable in the face, terribly bruising one of his eyes. The constable fought with the man for fully a quarter of an hour, and was thrown several times and had his face cut. Just about the time that bis strength was failing two tramway employes arrived and helped him to secure the lunatic, who was afterwards conveyed back to the Kew Asylum.

 

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 …….. 19th of January 1888

Miss Louisa Lovett an inmate from the Kew Asylum, on this day in 1888 at the Asylum a picnic was held, and being dressed up for the occasion, she thought it a fine opportunity to escape. She had friends in Victoria whom she could reach by obtaining their address in town, and so she had taken a cab for that purpose. When reminded that she had taken a cab for the afternoon without being in possession of a penny, Miss Lovett replied that it was true she had no money, but she had some very rich relatives in England. The end of it, of course, was that the unfortunate woman, who looked about thirty-five years of age, and talked in a quiet and sane manner, was conveyed back to the asylum, and the cabman, even if he gets any consideration for his job, will doubtless be chary of taking up fashionable ladies in Hawthorn until the Kew Asylum is removed from the area.

 

 

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 …….. 12th of December 1902

There was great excitement in Lancefield with the news that a lunatic was at large on the Lancefield road, near Forbes. When the police arrived at the place found a man behaving in a violent manner, with almost all his clothes off. With considerable difficulty he was arrested, and it was found that he was George Weir, who escaped from the Sunbury Asylum on the 12th December 1902. Weir was previously arrested in Kilmore in February of last year, when he threatened to burn the whole country down. He was brought before the court, were he was pronounced a dangerous lunatic by the doctors. Weir was removed to the Kew Asylum.

 

On this day …….. 23rd September 1923

Quite a stir was created at the Kew Asylum when it became known that Charles Joseph Potter, alias “William M. Maxted, a criminal lunatic, had escaped from the institution. Potter, who has been convicted in New Zealand and New South Wales, was serving a sentence of two years’ imprisonment for an offence at the Garden, Vale railway station, and had been placed in the refractory ward. He lifted himself to the unbarred window, and eluding, the warder patrols, soon made his escape. The police were informed at a later hour, and a search was made without result, Potter, who is 28 years of age and of medium build, is believed to be wearing; a light grey cap and a dark overcoat. ‘He has a scar on the left ear.

 

On this day …….. 14th September 1909

Three lunatics escaped during the last few days. One from Kew Asylum, and the others were taken to the Royal Show form an outing where they eluded their attendants.

 

On this day …….. 11th September 1896

A lunatic named Coghlan escaped from the Kew Asylum on 11th of September 1896. At about 10.30 a.m. Constable W. Whiddett, who was witching near the bridge on the Flemington road, saw a man approaching shouting and gesticulating. Whiddett in a moment concluded that the man was the escaped lunatic. The constable, in an apparently unconcerned way, bade him good-day, and asked ” if he was going far.” The lunatic made some incoherent reply, and attempted to pass the officer. In a moment Whiddett threw himself on the man and tried to manacle him. With a violent effort the lunatic freed himself, and. upon being again seized, struck the constable in the face, terribly bruising one of his eyes. The constable fought with the man for fully a quarter of an hour, and was thrown several times and had his face cut. Just about the time that bis strength was failing two tramway employes arrived and helped him to secure the lunatic, who was afterwards conveyed back to the Kew Asylum.