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Diary of a Ghost Chaser - Beechworth Lunatic Asylum

Beechworth Lunatic Asylum, VICTORIA

The abandoned grounds of Beechworth Lunatic Asylum - also known as Mayday Hills - is a hot spot for ghost hunters, with regular and consistent accounts of unexplained figures walking the halls.

Visitors recount an 80-year-old man tugging at their clothes, children laughing in the distance and the murmurs of a young girl who desperately tries to speak but can't be understood.

The asylum closed in 1995 after 128 years of operation.

However, hundreds of patients were buried on-site in unmarked graves and it's believed their spirits remain.

Opened in 1867, the Beechworth Lunatic Asylum was one of the largest psychiatric hospitals in the state.

Opened in 1867, the Beechworth Lunatic Asylum was one of the largest psychiatric hospitals in the state.



Legend has it that doctors would restrain patients with shackles, conduct electro-shock treatments en masse, and pull teeth when patients self-harmed.

The Beechworth Lunatic Asylum was one of the largest psychiatric hospitals in the state, home to 1200 patients at its peak.

Very few are said to have left alive.

The ghost of a little girl kneeling on the floor of an asylum has been captured on camera. This will make your hairs stand on end.

Kneeling on the floor of an old mental asylum, the shadowy figure of a little girl has been captured on camera.

The chilling image has emerged from one of Australia’s most notoriously haunted places – the Beechworth Lunatic Asylum in North-East Victoria.

Allen Tiller - photo

The girl was photographed in the most infamous wing of the asylum, sitting in the darkness.

This wing is where patients were given electric shock treatments and kept in strait jackets between 1867 and 1995.

It’s not the first sighting in the institution – the ghost of a male doctor and a female matron have been spotted there too.

Allen Tiller

The man who spotted the kneeling girl is Allen Tiller, who also had an experience in a wing called the “bull pen” at the asylum, which housed aggressive young people aged between 18 and 25. 

He heard a door slamming, “and I audibly hear footsteps go up the hallway,” he said.

He also picked up electronic voice phenomena of a couple of people saying “Get out”.


Hopefully when COVID is just a memory this Ghost Chaser will be able to visit this site.

Well, that's the plan!!

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