Saturday, 18 May 2013

Wolston Park Asylum.



Wolston Park Mental Health Asylum



Today we visited one of the largest, oldest, longest running mental asylum in Australia, Wolston Park.
First I'll fill you in on a bit of the history about this beautifully built building.
It opened in 1865 and was named Woogaroo Lunatic Asylum then changed in 1880 and was renamed Goodna Mental health hospital and then finally named Wolsten park in 1959 , it is said that over 50,000 people passed through the hospital, some with very disturbed stays.  When it was first opened it was for females and then in the 1950's a male wing was opened.


It has been around a year since I last visited and in that time there has been so much further deterioration, it was really sad to see.


Today we saw parts that we hadn't seen before that were accessible, one room that makes me feel really sad and almost deeply depressed is the apparent room the patients were first taken into on admittance to the asylum, it had a door from the river side that they would be taken into and apparently stripped off and their heads shaved.




I'm not sure if these are true stories but someone once said that the patients would be bought to the asylum by boat and be snuck up to the asylums side entrance so no one would see them.  Unfortunately Wolston Park asylum holds a dark and very cruel history, the treatment of the people in the asylum was torturous, the electric shock treatments, hot/cold baths, the beatings and other cruel drug experiments was real for so many people. Wolston park was home to them and the people who never got out died within the walls of it.


 Nothing paranormal or out of the ordinary happened when I was there this time, but I have been there at midnight and conducted evp's and even felt someone touch my head.  We also heard little foot steps running above us, which there would have been a perfect explanation...if there was floorboards still at the time.


 Anyway, We have taken Alot of photos to show you the current deterioration, we tried to cover most of the parts we could still access to capture as much history as possible because unfortunately the way its heading it probably wont be around for much longer.  It is really annoying that morons are still going there to trash it even more,

if only the walls could talk I think they'd have pretty interesting stories to tell us!


The change room in the downstairs toilet

The Front left of Wolston Today

One of the pipes outside the furness room

The furness room

One of the underground "dungeons"

outside view from the above photo



Standing in the room where the patients were first bought in

The doorway to the room with the fire damage

Entrance from the river side

Inside Wolston, the room to the right from the river entrance




I couldnt help but think how many times the key to this turned and the locked the door





One of the fire places still remains intact



Looking through to some of the patients rooms



Small patient rooms, more like cells to the right

Every door way had a door that locked, the doors where made of solid wood and at least 5cm thick

Once was filled with beds (hanging chandeliers)

Looking down on the first photo of the "dungeon",




The existing bath is the 2nd door to the right

Snakes skin hanging from the rafters


Another hallway of rooms/ staircase to the right



This room was what once seemed to be a kitchen

Kitchen servery door

lonely window from one of the staircases

The deterioration of the wall of one of  the staircases

upstairs

How many hands have held that rail in fear
View from around the Corner of the last photo

Not sure what room this was used for, seem to be a fire there at one stage

Outside wooden staircase

The stairwell to the wooden stairs

The back view of Wolson

Nestled away on the Brisbane river - right



Downstairs back toilet block, the remnants of a tree trunk that was growing through, only been removed within a year or so

Toilet stalls

Inside the toilets looking out
These are underneath Wolston and lead into other little doorways and barred rooms

When you go through a small gate to get underneath Wolston you have access to the bathroom upstairs, second door on the left when you look up
This is the other side of the toilet blocks where the tree trunk was removed

A horrible reminder of the treatment of patients at Wolston

This room was the creepiest for us, I suppose the way the room was set out doesn't help with the lonely bath in the middle of the room

The row of porcelain sinks in the bathroom


The back right view
The front of Wolston as it stands today
Back left angle
Outside stairs leading up

No images have been Photoshopped.
Photography by Cameron Nunn & Erin Hodgkinson





6 comments:

  1. That is pretty crazy Erin. It has aged so much more even since we went there a while back. We never got to see this much though hey. You should try and find pics of the Asylum when it was all functioning and stuff so we can see whats changed over the years Xx

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  2. How did you get around it so much? I have heard there are security there. Is it fenced off from the street?
    Thanks for the post, very interesting. Jenni

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    1. It is not fenced off from the street, and it is on government property, all doors and windows have been blocked off there is no way in, I had to break a window to get in one of the buildings. Yes there are security there, I almost got caught while there.

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  3. I work with mentally ill people for a job and have looked after many people that came from this place ... the things the family's would tell me made my blood go cold ... one lady i looked after till she past away not long ago had some heart braking behaviors from this place ...just brushing or washing her hair and she would scream like your killing her ... even saying the name of the place to her and she would go pale and you could see the fear in her face .... very very sad :(

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  4. My landlord worked there for many years and not all the horrible stories are true nor accurate. She was a very kind caring psych nurse who did her very best for the patients. I am pretty sure she would have some amazing stories to tell!

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  5. Some stories are true - talked to a ex-psych nurse who worked there for many years. Patients who were suicidal would ask the doctors for day passes - the nurses would advise against it, but they'd get ignored. The patient would throw themselves under a train, then the nurses advice would go "missing" from the file.

    Also I saw some patient files when I was at the big clearing out auction in the 1990s - the notes seemed pretty uncaring, "patient talked about his mother for a while". Just didn't seem like they gave a shit. Oh I didn't keep the notes, felt like an invasion of their privacy, even if they were dead or whatever. Did nick a sign saying "QLD schizophenia research" though ;-) Still have an old coffee table I bought there that was made by mental patients in some kind of sheltered workshop. The patients I saw at the time, I'm suprised they'd be able to do that they were so drugged up.

    Sad place. Maybe its better to let the trees take it back though than reuse it with the kind of history it has.

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