Ever wondered about those old majestic buildings that sit high up on Jackson's Hill in Sunbury Victoria ..........
Discover what Institutional living was really like during the late eighteen and early nineteen hundreds as SUNBURY HISTORICAL TOURS launches it’s Guided Walking Tours of the Victoria University’s Historic Sunbury Campus & town’s former Lunatic Asylum.
In 1864 the site had functioned as an Industrial School for Children, in 1879 the children were boarded out, and the site was handed over to the Lunacy Department where it began operating as a Lunatic Asylum. In 1894 a women’s refractory compound was opened to accommodate refractory & difficult women who had been transferred out of the jail system.
Join me on a Guided Walking Tour, as I take you on a ‘fascinating journey’ back through time to explore these significant periods of the Institution’s history. We enter several Hospital’s buildings such as, the Admissions Office, Male Receiving Ward, Male Special Admissions Ward for the criminally insane, Morgue and Women’s Refractory Prison.
We will also explore various external buildings including, Industrial School Hospital, Boiler House Laundry, Female Workers block, Staff Mess Rooms, New Hospital for the Insane, Kitchen, and Ha Ha Walls, as well as the institutional grounds.
Discover past patients who had been incarcerated behind these walls one hundred years ago and learn about why they were in here. We touch on the various roles the staff had played during their employment at this hospital and processes that were associated with the admission of new patients, escapees, and deaths. You will learn about the various medical treatments administered to patients during this time, seclusion cells, padded cells and various other forms of restraints that were quite often hidden from the general public, as well as the eventual decommissioning of these buildings.