Aararat Lunatic Asylum, The National Film and Sound Building Canberra

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Show notes:

  • The Ararat lunatic asylum opened in 1867, 205 Kms away from Melbourne.
  • It was used to relieve the prison system of those that were thought to be the most criminally insane and irreparably evil.
  • it housed 1000 patients and 500 staff and had about 100 deaths a year.
  • Today the building is used for ghost tours, visitors report unexpected fainting, feelings of nausea and pains, ominous smells and “methodical banging sounds” like patients hitting their head against walls.
  • some visitors have reported feelings of being “shoved and bitten,” and have heard sounds of shrieking voices, ticking clocks, and have also had electric interference with cameras and other electrical equipment.
  • The asylum has 60 buildings and out of these, the ‘J Ward’ was known for housing Ararat’s most infamous patients,
  • one of the most prominent being Bill Wallace.In 1926.
  • Bill Wallace was suspected of murdering a man in a café in Melbourne for smoking a cigarette.
  • Wallace refused to answer any questions or talk about the crime.
  • there were no witnesses and he did not admit to the crime, Wallace was found unfit to plead and was declared insane by 2 Doctors.
  • there is so much more in this episode.

References:

https://llifs.com.au/blog/aradale-lunatic-asylum/
https://ischool.sjsu.edu/mara-blog/haunting-national-film-and-sound-archive
https://www.abc.net.au/news/2016-04-01/archives-haunted-reputation-born-from-history-of-death/7291506
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Garry_David
thehistoryblog.com

Photographs and additional reading.
https://images.app.goo.gl/mMrhnwRdx3VNjDhy8
https://images.app.goo.gl/WoZTw5Jy6T4YQpcX6
https://images.app.goo.gl/i5E6jmgyyF6pk5rv7
https://images.app.goo.gl/iTKg6ybDL1qrg2P9A

Resources:
https://www.health.nsw.gov.au/mentalhealth/Pages/contact-service.aspx#24-hour
https://www.beyondblue.org.au
https://www.betterhelp.com
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