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On this day …….. 6th of August 1906

A lunatic by the name Thomas Parker Ewing, whilst being transferred from Dr. Mailer’s home in Ballarat to the Ararat Asylum, escaped on the 6th of August 1906, from his attendant at the railway station. Ewig was found the next morning hiding in a railway carriage in the yards. On making his escape Ewing travelled as far as Warrenheip, and when darkness set in he returned to Ballarat and pawned his watch. It is said that this was the second occasion on which he had escaped from custody, Ewing was taken back to Ararat Asylum.

 

On This Day ….. 26th of June 1868

Mary Ann Hall was transferred from Yarra Bend Asylum in Melbourne on the 28th of June 1868 to the Beechworth Lunatic Asylum. On the 26th of July 1876, Hall escaped and was never found. Hall was believed to have crossed the boarder into the colony of New South Wales.

 

On This Day …… 24th July 1858

James Benson, a lunatic who escaped from Yarra Bend Lunatic Asylum on the morning of the 24th of July. Description: 30 years of age, 5 feet 4 or 5 inches high, dark complexion, large moustache, a tailor, stupid looking, an Englishman. Wore a deep blue pea jacket, cord trousers, and wide awake hat, marked with the Asylum brand.

 

On This Day…….11th of July 1896

A lunatic named Geo. Stone, 50 years of age, escaped from the Windermere asylum in Ballarat, on the 11th of a July 1896, and entering a tram car in the botanic gardens where he rode into the city. Constable Patterson apprehended Stone, who kicked the policeman and tore the skin off his face with his fingernails of the constable before Stone was mastered and placed in a strait jacket. Stone was a farmer at Windermere, and was committed to the asylum only a few days ago. Prior to his confinement in the asylum he located his parents, both of whom are nearly 80 years of age, and lopped the tails off several horses on the farm.

On This Day …….. 11th July 1905

A man who first gave the name of Daniel Reardon, but after being arrested the police found his real name was Dillan Mackay, was before the Albary court on the 11th July 1905, on a charge of being of Unsound mind. When his name was
called he stared his arms dramatically and loudly sang ‘The Battle of the
Boyne Walter. The man alleged he had escaped from Yarra Bend lunatic Asylum.

On This Day…….. 7th of July 1900

James M’Cormick, an old miner escaped from the Ballarat Lunatic Asylum on the 7th of July 1900. M’Cormick walked though the garden and out the gate of the Asylum.

On This Day ………7th July 1883

The notorious Captain Donegan, who was imprisoned for a variety of offences, and was sent to the Yarra Bend Lunatic Asylum, escaped cleverly, and has defied all attempts to find him. He had been confined in the asylum, for five years and got away twice before.

On This Day…… 6th July 1886

Escaped Lunatic – John Fleming

John Fleming, a lunatic at Yarra Bend, escaped from the cook-house of the institution on the 6th of July, and could not be traced. The police have been apprised of the escape, and requested to forward any particulars of his whereabouts which they may obtain to the authorities.

On This Day…… 5th July 1874

John Butler was transferred from the Collingwood Asylum to the Ararat Lunatic Asylum on 16th of November 1868; he had been committed by his wife Mary from kangaroo Flat, Sandhurst. Butler was known by police as a violent man, prone to public outbursts. On the 5th of July 1874 he escaped but was recaptured on the 9th of July. On the afternoon of the 15th of July 1874, Butler again managed to slipped away while playing football with other patients at the Asylum, but was recapture shortly after. Butler escaped again on the 22nd of December 1874 and wasn’t found until the 12th of August 1882. Butler was transfer to the Beechworth Lunatic Asylum on the 18th January 1883.

On This Day …….. 27th June 1930

About midnight on the 27th of June 1930, the Daylesford police went to Bullarto in response to a report that an armed man Norman Brown aged 34, was threatening a family there. They found that a man, who it is said is an escapee from Sunbury Asylum, had secured a rifle, and during a general melee had smashed furniture in the house of a female relative with an axe and fired a riffle shot, at her beside threatening other, members of the family. When the police arrived the man barricaded himself in a room. When a demand was made that the door should be opened, the man cocked his riffle. The police guarded the house until daylight, when they forced the door and found the man lying on a bed with two rifles beside him. He was taken back to Sunbury.

 

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 ……… 23rd June 1905

A man by the name of Alexander Allison, 26 years of age, escaped from this Windermere Hospital for the Insane in Ballarat. Allison was said to be a harmless lunatic. The police were notified of his escape.