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On This Day ….. 26th July 1955

Léonard Wigley, 19, who escaped from the Langi Kal Kal training centre, in central Victoria on this day in 1955, was recaptured in the afternoon at Learmonth by Constable O’Halloran. He appear in Ballarat City Court on a charge of having escaped from legal custody.

 

On this day …….. 23rd of August 1949

Only a few hours after they broke out of Ararat Asylum, Victoria on the 23rd of August 1949, three men, described by the police as dangerous criminal lunatics, were recaptured. William Thomas Clark aged 32 years, Norman Connors aged 25 years, and Jack Wilmot Allan aged 20 years. They had been locked in separate cells on the second floor of the criminal wing. Early one morning on the 23rd one of the men picked the lock of his cell door and liberated his two friends. After stealing some other prisoners clothes, the three men scaled a 15ft stone wall and escaped. Three men managed to steal a truck and tried to drive to Melbourne. About 10am Senior Constable Downey, of Buangor, was searching trucks at a police road block, when the three patients jumped from their truck when he had signalled them to stop. The patients ran toward a paddock outside the town, but were chased and captured by Downey, with the aid of civilians. While Downey renewed his search for Clark other police took Connors and Allan back to Ararat. Accompanied by Mr B. White, a local resident, Downey traced Clark to a spot about three miles from Beaufort and about a mile and a half off the main road. When Clark realised Downey was a policeman he pulled an open-bladed pocket-knife from his pocket and began to struggle, but was quickly overpowered. In their few hours of liberty the three patients had walked about 14 miles. All had criminal records, and had been certified as insane, Clark in 1941, Connors in 1944, and Allan in 1947, Allan had escaped before, and after being at large several months had only recently been recaptured. All three patients were returned to their ward.

On This Day ….. 26th July 1955

Léonard Wigley, 19, who escaped from the Langi Kal Kal training centre, in central Victoria on this day in 1955, was recaptured in the afternoon at Learmonth by Constable O’Halloran. He appear in Ballarat City Court on a charge of having escaped from legal custody.

 

On This Day ……. 12th May 1891

A heavily beard male lunatic, escaped from the Ararat Asylum, Victoria on the 12th of May 1891. After scaling the wall the man walked down the drive way and past the gate keepers house and onto the railway line. The man wandered along the railway line in the direction of Melbourne. He was finally recaptured after almost being hit by a train.

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 …….. 24th March 1883

David Chalmens was committed to Ararat Lunatic Asylum on the 14th of July 1869, by his brother Alex Chalmens. Chalmens was a Black Smith for the Port Phillip Mining Company in Clunes. On admission Chalmens was described but the Medical Superintendent Dr William Armstrong as Convalescent. Chalmens escaped on the 24th of March 1883, and was recaptured on the 2nd of April. On the 12th of April 1884 Chalmens was transferred to Yarra Bend Lunatic Asylum.

 

 

On this day …….. 23rd of August 1949

Only a few hours after they broke out of Ararat Asylum, Victoria on the 23rd of August 1949, three men, described by the police as dangerous criminal lunatics, were recaptured. William Thomas Clark aged 32 years, Norman Connors aged 25 years, and Jack Wilmot Allan aged 20 years. They had been locked in separate cells on the second floor of the criminal wing. Early one morning on the 23rd one of the men picked the lock of his cell door and liberated his two friends. After stealing some other prisoners clothes, the three men scaled a 15ft stone wall and escaped. Three men managed to steal a truck and tried to drive to Melbourne. About 10am Senior Constable Downey, of Buangor, was searching trucks at a police road block, when the three patients jumped from their truck when he had signalled them to stop. The patients ran toward a paddock outside the town, but were chased and captured by Downey, with the aid of civilians. While Downey renewed his search for Clark other police took Connors and Allan back to Ararat. Accompanied by Mr B. White, a local resident, Downey traced Clark to a spot about three miles from Beaufort and about a mile and a half off the main road. When Clark realised Downey was a policeman he pulled an open-bladed pocket-knife from his pocket and began to struggle, but was quickly overpowered. In their few hours of liberty the three patients had walked about 14 miles. All had criminal records, and had been certified as insane, Clark in 1941, Connors in 1944, and Allan in 1947, Allan had escaped before, and after being at large several months had only recently been recaptured. All three patients were returned to their ward.

On This Day ….. 26th July 1955

Léonard Wigley, 19, who escaped from the Langi Kal Kal training centre, in central Victoria on this day in 1955, was recaptured in the afternoon at Learmonth by Constable O’Halloran. He appear in Ballarat City Court on a charge of having escaped from legal custody.

 

On This Day ……. 12th May 1891

A heavily beard male lunatic, escaped from the Ararat Asylum, Victoria on the 12th of May 1891. After scaling the wall the man walked down the drive way and past the gate keepers house and onto the railway line. The man wandered along the railway line in the direction of Melbourne. He was finally recaptured after almost being hit by a train.

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 …….. 24th March 1883

David Chalmens was committed to Ararat Lunatic Asylum on the 14th of July 1869, by his brother Alex Chalmens. Chalmens was a Black Smith for the Port Phillip Mining Company in Clunes. On admission Chalmens was described but the Medical Superintendent Dr William Armstrong as Convalescent. Chalmens escaped on the 24th of March 1883, and was recaptured on the 2nd of April. On the 12th of April 1884 Chalmens was transferred to Yarra Bend Lunatic Asylum.