On this day …….. 21st of August 1926

Lallen Pritchaid, aged 50 years, escaped from Mont Park Hospital, Melbourne at 10am on The 21st of August 1926. She is 5ft. 6in. in height, with grey “bobbed” hair, and no teeth. She was wearing a dark coloured dress and a pinafore, and had no hat.


On this day …….. 20th of August 1926

The police were been notified that two patients, a man and a woman had escaped from the Mont Park Hospital for Insane, Melbourne. About 3:30 on the afternoon of the 20th of August 1926, Sydney Cockle, aged 30 years, escaped from the hospital. He was as later seen walking in the direction of Greensborough. He is described as being 5ft. 3in. in height, with dark complexion and hair, and clean shaven. He was wearing a tweed suit of dark colour, a light grey felt bat, and black boots.


On this day …….. 18th of August 1939

Whittlesea Council – MENTAL PATIENTS – Closer Supervision Urged

At the monthly meeting of the Whittlesea Shire Council a letter was received from Mr. H. O. White, M.L.A., enclosing a copy of a letter from the Chief Secretary (Mr Bailey) following representations made by Mr. White on the council’s request for closer supervision over mental patient’s at Mont Park Asylum, Melbourne following the tragedy at Whittlesea. Mr. Bailey submitted a report from the medical superintendent in which he said that he could not remember’ a single complaint from residents that escaped patients had damaged property or endangered the safety of any person. Those patients who had escaped had in no way been a menace to the public. The majority of escapes could be prevented by close confinement and constant patrol of the ground by attendants, but this would deprive the patients of the few privileges and enjoyments they now possessed, would be detrimental to the prospects of recovery and could scarcely be considered humane. The hospital existed for the treatment and if possible, cure of mental patients, and to that end it was desirable that as much liberty as possible be allowed them. The community was not likely to be endangered by occasional escapees. Letters were received from the Heldelberg, Preston, and Eltham’ Councils supporting Whittlesea’s – protest. Cr. Gardiner said that he under stood that institution’s difficulty but they should not wait until something happened before taking action. Cr. McDonald thought more care should be taken. He had been out with Constable Brough three inmates looking’ for escaped lunatics. In one case Constable Brough was out for three days after one man. Cr Gardiner – Constable Ellis has caught ‘156 escaped’ lunatics sincer he, has been’ in Epping (less than two years).’One man frothed at the mouth and if he had come to a farmhouse where only a woman was at home, he might have done anything. On the motion ,of Cr. Gardiner, seconded by Cr. Reid, it was agreed that further efforts should be made to have the ” patients under stricter supervision.


On This Day…….13th of July 1925

Recent escapes from the Mont Park Hospital for the Insane form the subject of a report which the Chief Secretary (Dr. Argyle) has received from the Inspector General of the Insane (Dr. W. E. Jones). Dr. Jones says that vigilance is exercised to prevent the escape of patients from asylums, but that the humane modern system of caring for the mentally afflicted makes it easier for the less dangerous inmates to gain their freedom.

On This Day……12th of July 1934

George Fuller alias Fairburn (41), an invalid convict, who escaped from the Gresswell sanatorium at Mont Park was arrested at Albury 12th of July 1934. Though in the advanced stage of T.B., and given only a few weeks to live by the doctor, he travelled much of the way to Albury on foot and was pitifully weak from exposure and lack of food. He staggered, into the local hospital so weak and ill that he could scarcely stand up. He asked to see the police. He is now in the local hospital in a critical condition.

On This Day…….8th of July 1934

George Fairburn, alias Fuller, 41, a Pentridge prisoner, escaped from the Creswell Sanatorium at Mont Park on the 11th of July 1934. The penal authorities, who have appealed for public co-operation in recapturing Fairburn, state that he had been placed in the Sanatorium because of illness. He was suffering from pulmonary tuberculosis, which in its present form in Fairbuir, is highly infective. The escape was certified as having but a short while to live, and, for this reason, it was not thought necessary to place a prison guard over him.

On This Day……7th of July 1925

A dangerous lunatic escaped from Mont Park Hospital on this day in 1925, and was recaptured by an attendant a few miles from the institution. He gave no trouble, and returned quietly withhis captors – Another escapee said to be dangerous was still free.