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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 …….. 22nd March 1868

There was great excitement in Beechworth, North East Victoria on the 22nd March 1868, when the first lunatic escaped from the newly opened Asylum. A young man suffering from idiocy, escaped from the Asylum by climbing over a section of the Ha Ha wall still in construction. The young man walk down the hill into town and visited Fisher’s Hotels were he met Mr. Superintendent Langley were he asked Langley if he could have a nobbler (beer) and a cigar before being returned to the Asylum. Once back the young man again managed to give the warders the slip and got into Beechworth again, but they were soon on his track, and as people are now aware of his roving propensities, he was quickly handed over to Constable Brown, who took him by the hand. Against this the poor young mans protested, saying, ‘Don’t take my hand, and I won’t bolt, ‘your honour.’ The young man was placed in a lockdown ward, so he couldn’t escape again.

 

 

On This Day – 10th February 1947

The Geelong gaol reopened on this day in 1947, under the control of Mr. C. McGann, governor, and a staff of warders. The gaol had held military prisoners for the during the war.

 

 

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 …….. 22nd March 1868

There was great excitement in Beechworth, North East Victoria on the 22nd March 1868, when the first lunatic escaped from the newly opened Asylum. A young man suffering from idiocy, escaped from the Asylum by climbing over a section of the Ha Ha wall still in construction. The young man walk down the hill into town and visited Fisher’s Hotels were he met Mr. Superintendent Langley were he asked Langley if he could have a nobbler (beer) and a cigar before being returned to the Asylum. Once back the young man again managed to give the warders the slip and got into Beechworth again, but they were soon on his track, and as people are now aware of his roving propensities, he was quickly handed over to Constable Brown, who took him by the hand. Against this the poor young mans protested, saying, ‘Don’t take my hand, and I won’t bolt, ‘your honour.’ The young man was placed in a lockdown ward, so he couldn’t escape again.

 

 

On This Day – 10th February 1947

The Geelong gaol reopened on this day in 1947, under the control of Mr. C. McGann, governor, and a staff of warders. The gaol had held military prisoners for the during the war.

 

 

In 1911, the staffing at the Geelong Gaol numbered 9 Warders, one Head Warder, one Chief Warder and a Governor. For this year 195 males and 4 females were received, 95 more than the previous year.