Larundel Mental Asylum - Bundoora, Melbourne
Larundel Hospital was created in 1938. It replaced the then outdated Kew Mental Hospital. By 1940, the works on the building were coming steadily fast, by then the Second World War interrupted building. As first it was considered to be a U.S Military Hospital, or a Children's Welfare Depot. But when the R.A.A.F took it over in 1942, they used it as a W.A.A.F training depot. Part of the building was also used as a R.A.A.F hospital.
In 1946, Larundel was given to the Department of Housing. They converted the wards into flats. By 1948, 109 families were living there.
In 1949, the last of the families had moved out, and 30 male patients were then transferred, even though parts of the hospital remained unfinished. A fire at Beechworth Hospital forced a change in decision, and more funds were done in order to open more wards at Larundel for the Beechworth patients.
In 1953, Larundel was officialy opened as a mental hospital. It had 387 patients, a quarter of them were women. Two years later an additional 8 more wards opened up, which allowed at least 360 more patients to arrive (270 of them were female).
By the 1970's, there were different kinds of psychological illnesses. Many patients at Larundel had from Acute Psychiatrics, Chronic Schizophenia, Chronic Psychotics and Geriatric Illnesses.
In the 1990's they moved away from institutional care to community based care. This change resulted in a lot of Victoria's Mental Hospitals to close and many patients were transferred to Austin Hospital.
Right now, the site is being developed. There are plans to build 550 new homes on the site itself as part of a housing development. The building site is closed and there is no access to the general public.
Now you know a bit about the history, we come to the haunting part. Despite being closed to the public however, many people find ways inside the building. Word of mouth had got out that the building was haunted, and as curious as one get's, they wanted to find out whether it was true or not. People who have been there have experienced cold spots and strange smells in the buildings. Even from the outside, banging noises can be heard from outside the building. Music boxes and babies crying can also be heard from outside.
Many people state that everyday at exactly 12am, the music box will start playing. The sound is very faint, and it moves from different spots in the building. There have also been accounts that people have experienced of doors slamming of their own accord, children crying.
If you do happen to want to go one day, be careful of asbestos and security. The building is now getting ready to be knocked down to make way for housing.
Unfortunately, I can't find any ghost pictures, but here are a few pictures of the building.
Has anybody every been to the Larundel Mental Asylum in Bundoora, Melbourne? Have you had any experiences? Do you have any ghost pictures? Would you WANT to go?