The Larundel Psychiatric Hospital is on 1 Gonella Crescent in the suburb of the city of Melbourne, State of Victoria, Australia.
Larundel Mental Asylum began in 1938 but due to World War II it did not open as a psychiatric asylum until 1953. During WWII, the hospital was used as a United States Military Hospital, emergency housing for civilians, a military training depot and R.A.A.F. hospital.
Larundel was noted as a forefront of neuro-physchiatry as treatment for patients. It is the first place to use the medicine Lithium for treatment of manic episodes within patients. The hospital treated patients with a range of issues including schizophrenia, psychosis and those suffering from geriatrics. However, there are stories of patients being fed meager helpings of nasty food and described as a scary, formidable, ghastly places by some former ‘inmates’ of Larundal Psychiatric Hospital. Larundel Asylum treated Australian serial killer, Peter Dupas (who you can read about HERE), during his institutionalization.
387 patients were moved to Larundel when it opened its door as a mental hospital in 1953. More wards and buildings were added over the years and eventually Larundel Asylum housed almost 800 patients. With the movement of de-institutionalization across the world Larundel Asylum eventually closed in 1999. It sat abandoned for over 14 years.
During some time in history of the Larundel Asylum it is said that a young girl who had a music box died there. At night and sometimes during the day there are claims by explorers and other wanderers who have heard eerie music playing like from a music box. There are also other paranormal reports of laughter, banging on walls, slamming of doors, crying and other freaky haunted happenings.
During the 2013 year, several fires were set to a few of the former psychiatric buildings. One fire resulted in one of the arsonists, a teenage girl, falling through a floor and getting wounded (not severely).
Over the past few years Larundel Asylum has slowly been demolished and renovated to make way for new housing. A lot of which is already there now, funded by Deal Corporation and Lancaster Gate Housing Development. As of July 2014, the administration building of Larundel and several others have been demolished. Several buildings of Larundel are heritage protect and will be fully renovated.
A fictional novel, The Ring of Lost Souls, by Rachel Tsoumbakos, involves and has much inspiration from the Larundel Asylum.
The ever wonderful and majestic life of a cat. Larundel Kitty.
Where is the abandoned and slowly being renovated Larundel Mental Asylum located? You can find it with these coordinates. -37.711198,145.049904
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