The Ararat Insane Asylum has quite a history first built in 1861 as a prison, then for criminally insane then as a lunatic asylum with ‘J ward’ for the most dangerous mentally ill men in Victoria, the men were placed in here for murder or violent crimes. It was a cold, unwelcoming place and highly institutionalised with no facilities for mental care and was finally shut down in 1991 after being described as barbaric.
I am hoping to include images within a photographic book on my trip around the Victorian Goldfields.
The Ararat Insane Asylum entrance grounds
Walkway to stop inmates wandering
Wash basins for staff
The old bathroom built in the prison days
Table for surgery and autopsies