Larundel, one of Melbourne’s most well-known psychiatric institutions, is in the process of being redeveloped into townhouses and retail spaces.
The sprawling buildings occupy a massive piece of land in Melbourne’s north. The buildings were constructed in 1938, with the asylym itself closing for good in 1999. People used to be institutionalised for things that you’d never dream of locking them up for these days (think depression, post-partum depression, etc). I hear a lot of bad things went on in the place and I’d be interested to hear any stories if anyone knows anyone who used to work or reside there.
Here are some Incident Report Forms that were apparently found after Larundel closed.
The buildings are extremely decrepit now, and at least one – possibly two – have been restored, with new windows and tiles and solar panels on the roof. The ward where patients were kept in their
cells rooms still stands – just – but it is completely trashed.
It’s bizarre to imagine a place like this in operation as recently as 12 years ago.
x Kitten of Doom