Larundel Mental Asylum
Just outside of Melbourne’s CBD is an abandoned set of buildings with the ability to strike fear into the hearts of many. The old Larundel Mental Asylum now lies empty and has been deteriorating for some time. But not everyone believes the old buildings are empty, and instead, occupied by spirits of the past.
The Larundel Psychiatric Hospital was built to replace another nearby establishment that was causing issues for the local community. Construction began on the building in the 1930s, yet was interrupted due to WWII. During the war, the building was repurposed to become a training facility for the airforce and a hospital. Following the war, it would again be repurposed to house families that had been displaced due to war and for a time was even used as a school.
The building didn’t return to its original purpose until it was reopened in 1953. It was a massive asylum with the capacity to house some 700 patients, suffering from varying mental illnesses and psychotic disorders. The hospital had also become infamous for having housed a known serial killer and for being the place where lithium was developed as a treatment method.
Like most other psychiatric establishments of the time, Larundel was to close down as advances in the treatment of mental health were developed. The Larundel Psychiatric Hospital closed its doors for good in 1999 and has sat abandoned since, slowly accumulating graffiti and ghost stories.
Hauntings of the Old Larundel Psychiatric Hospital
There have been numerous people to report strange occurrences within the dilapidated ruins of the Larundel Psychiatric Hospital. Many of these reports have been of strange noises echoing through the empty rooms of the asylum. Loud bangs and crashes are common sounds, though these could easily be explained as caused by animals or the building simply continuing to collapse. Other noises that have been described are a little more difficult to explain away. Many people claim to have heard voices yelling or the sounds of young children and babies crying. These are certainly an eerie sound, yet not the creepiest to come from this ruin.
Perhaps the best known audio anomalies to come out of the Larundel Asylum relate to a legend about a young girl. It is said that a young girl, who was once housed on the third floor of the asylum, lived many years of her life at Larundel. Her only personal possession at the asylum was a music box. This was an item that was very close to her heart and something she would frequently play. Legend has it that after her death, many people would report hearing the faint sounds of the music box late at night. These reports have become very prevalent, even after the abandonment of the asylum and some have even claimed to capture this music box sound in recordings.
In addition to this strange phenomena, many others have reported encountering phantom smells, apparitions and shadow figures within the empty walls of the old Larundel Mental Asylum. Leading to the rumors that this could, in fact, be one of the most haunted places in Australia.
Visiting Larundel Mental Asylum
The Larundel Psychiatric Hospital still stands today as a sprawled campus of fenced-off ruins. Many of the old hospital buildings have already been restored and repurposed into modern apartments. This appears to be the fate for the old asylum too since a housing development company has acquired the heritage-listed buildings and is working to restore and renovate them. They are currently protected by large industrial fences with all of their windows being bolted shut. Entry is strictly off-limits until construction has been completed.
This leaves me to wonder what will happen when the space has been transformed into apartments. Will the old hospital still be haunted, and potentially even more active?
If you want to check out more haunted places in Melbourne, why not try to find Jack the Ripper’s Ghost in this alley?
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