I have often driven though Ararat and seen the large white building on the hill, even as a child I can remember it.
Today we decided to take the tour of the Old Aradale mental hospital and what incredible sadness I felt.
While NMIT has a vineyard, olive grove and lavender farm at Aradale, the
extensive asylum buildings are in disrepair. The Friends of J Ward hope
the 90-minute tours will draw wider attention to Aradale and spark
efforts to preserve its 146-year-long history.
The photo above is administration everyone would of come through this room
The saddest thing about those times is young or old ,male of female who had a mental illness such as autism, down syndrome,epilepsy, post natal depression may of found themselves here.