Sunday, 1 May 2016

J-WARD PRISON FOR THE CRIMINALLY INSANE.

I'm back now to regular posting with some interesting posts to come.

It had been a while since our last caravan trip so we decided to
take a quick two week spin to blow away the cobwebs.


J-Ward for the criminally insane in Ararat Victoria

While these tours put a 'paranormal, ghost' spin on them, they're really just a sad
and depressing place as you'll see from the next lot of photos.


Autopsies

For the purposes of medical science
they carried out their own autopsies.


Hanging

The establishment also carried out their own executions.
The first execution was on the 15 August 1870 when
a noose was put around the neck of Andrew Vere for
the murder of Amos Cheale.


Burials

This wall is where Henry Morgan who was born in Tasmania is buried.
The arrow marks the spot.

Prisoners were buried in unconsecrated ground, in unmarked
graves. The three hanged men were buried within a wall, placed
in an upright position so they'd have no peace in the after life.


A typical convict cell

These cells also housed well known convicts such as Mark ''Chopper'' Read
who was sent to J-Ward from Pentridge Prison after recruiting a fellow
prisoner to cut both his ears off so he could be transferred out of H Division.

Or was the reason for the slicing off of his ears with a razor blade one of
the other two versions Read gave for wanting the temporary transfer?


A cold unattractive and ugly place

I wouldn't have someone cut my fingernails, let alone
chop my ears off to go to this place.


The original kitchen


Baker's oven


Primitive cooking

One of the best parts of the tour for me was
looking at all the fabulous old items in the kitchen.

I want one of these.


The kitchen

I could just imagine how unhygienic this place
would have been.


Fancy a bath?

The reason why this little bathroom is so filthy looking
is because it was later used as a smoke room to cure bacon.

It's unknown how often the prisoners bathed and it could
well be that the guards used this bath as apparently
they didn't have a bathroom in their quarters.


I have many other photos of this place and will put some more up at a later date as I have quite a few other blog posts that I've been hanging onto; I'm very behind in my postings.

On our trip we discovered some nice little Op Shops along the
way, visited some old favourites.

I found some lovely little treasures and will blog about
one of them in my next post.

I also have a very collectable Metti doll that I've been after for years. I'd almost given up on ever finding her; then up she popped for sale. I've had her for a few months now and she'll be my third blog post.

Also, do your remember those 'sad, crying boy and girl' prints from roughly the 1950's right through to the 1970's that Bruno Amadio also known as Giovanni Bragolin created?

I'll have a post on those 'tacky' prints as well.


Family History Blog

I can't tell you how much work I've put into it.

It's taking me so much longer than I expected to get to the point where
I'm ready to push the button on my Facebook page etc..for it.

I'm almost there and can see the light at the end of the tunnel.

Watch this space and Twitter in the coming weeks for the
link to the blog.



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