Nightfall at the Asylum

Late at night … Foreboding is the only way anyone could describe the deserted buildings situated at the top of a hill outside Beechworth in northern Victoria.

Beechworth Lunatic Asylum, originally known as the haunted Mayday Hills Lunatic Asylum is a decommissioned hospital located in Beechworth, a town of Victoria, Australia. Mayday Hills Lunatic Asylum was the fourth such Hospital to be built in Victoria, being one of the three largest. Mayday Hills Hospital closed in 1995 after 128 years of operation.

At its peak, Mayday hills incorporated over 40 buildings set within 11 hectares of ornamental gardens and 106 hectares of farming land. Mayday hills was completely self sufficient, it had working farms, piggery, orchards, kitchen gardens, tennis courts, sporting oval as well as its own theatre.

Inspired by Ailsa’s Travel ThemeLATE

“As nightfall does not come at once, neither does oppression. In both instances, there is a twilight when everything remains seemingly unchanged. And it is in such twilight that we all must be most aware of change in the air – however slight – lest we become unwitting victims of the darkness.”
William O. Douglas, The Douglas letters



15 thoughts on “Nightfall at the Asylum

  1. In scary movies, the music is often what actually creates the tension and feeling of foreboding. Although your last shot might, the other two wouldn’t create that feeling for me at all unless titled that way. 🙂


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  2. Wes: Now you’re showing your true grit. Yes, Owning the nightime is addictive, as we have recently shared. But trying to convince the ghostly caretakers of the Lunatic Asylum in the wee hours… that takes courage. Beautiful images.
    M 🙂

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