Visit J Ward Goal & Lunatic Asylum on a Ghost Tour with Lantern Ghost Tours
J Ward started its life as a goldfields prison in 1859. When the gold ran out in the mid-1880s the prison buildings were acquired by the Lunacy Department as temporary housing for the Criminally Insane. The County Gaol then became a ward (J Ward) of the Ararat Lunatic Asylum where the most depraved and most dangerous men in Victoria were housed in horrific conditions under the highest security.
Scaredy cats can discover J Ward by day with tours run daily by the passionate Friends of J Ward volunteers, BUT! If you can handle the chills you'd be mad (excuse the pun!) not to join Lantern Ghost Tours on Friday, November 1 for a 9.30 pm 2-hour tour of J Ward Lunatic Asylum and hear stories of murderers, ghosts, and mistreatment of mental illness.
Check out the museum followed by a ghost tour of the home of notorious criminals including Chopper Read, Gary Webb, and William Wallace. Explore the governor's bathroom, hangman's gallows, original kitchen, shower block, gravesites, West Wing, J Ward Block, exercise yards and grounds in search of the souls that still linger. Learn of governors whose spirits are still lurking, prisoners buried in the grounds and the many souls trapped within these walls!