Ararat, Australia’s Lunatic Asylum opened in 1867 and was closed in 1998 before reopening again in 2001, as a campus administered by Australian College of Wine. The design was for a town, within a town, with gardens, orchards, vineyards, livestock and at it’s peak had over 500 staff with 63 buildings.

The decommissioning began in the early 90’s when patients began to be transferred to community living or to other facilities. It is now used for wine making and hospitality training but ghost tours operate in various sections of the buildings.

In 130 years its said around 130,000 people died, it was another place that would have used, what are now seen as, barbaric treatments. Consequently it’s seen as one of Australia’s paranormal hotspots.

Nurse Kenry is a ghost who hands around the women’s wing and is said to watch tour groups from one room more often than others.

Old Margaret is a former patient who was forced out in the early 1990’s, supposedly having known nothing else for most of her life, she returned after her death.

Crying, moaning and coldspots are reported throughout and some report banging noises in the former men’s wards despite there being no living inhabitants there any longer.

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By http://www.slv.vic.gov.au/pictoria/b/3/6/doc/b36233.shtml[dead link], https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?curid=12622836

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