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Larundel Mental Asylum by KipKent Larundel Mental Asylum by KipKent
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"It was not until 1953 that Larundel was officially opened as a mental hospital. It had 387 patients, a quarter of which were women. Two years later eight additional wards opened, allowing for another 360 patients (270 of which were female).

By the early 1970s Larundel had a number of wards operating dealing with a wide variety of psychological illnesses. These included acute psychiatrics, chronic schizophrenics, chronic psychotics and geriatric patients. A clinical laboratory had also been added.
During the late 1990s there was a strong move away from institutional care of psychiatric patients and towards community based care. As a result of this a number of Victoria’s mental hospitals were closed, including Kew and Larundel. Many patients were transferred to Austin Hospital.

The site is now being developed by Deal Corporation
and there are plans to build 550 new homes on the site as part of the Lancaster Gate housing development. It is proposed to convert one building for community use.
The remaining buildings are currently derelict and there is no access to the general public."
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M155-B3h4v3 Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2014  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Hi there

I would like to feature this on My Blog

Please could you give me a shout and let me know if you're interested.

KipKent Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2014  Student Photographer
Sure, Go Ahead Feature it! Glad you like it :) 
Quartermaster-008 Featured By Owner May 7, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is SO cool! I love the angle and the lighting is great! Fantastic picture.
mrbondisamazing Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2013
It scares me I suffer from things that lead me places like these. The staff still tend to be pricks, but at least many hospitals are AS bad as this anymore.

I really feel like people with severe depression should not be put in the same place as delusional schitzos and homicidals. There should at least be,...separate wings. I mean we are sick, not criminals, necessarily.

I have mental illness too, but unlike SOME , "I" do not want to hurt others. I couldn't hurt a fly, honestly. I may be shy as hell sometimes, but I open up to people I like and give them hugs.
Boio8010 Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
wow this is an awesome pic! I work in a psychiatric hospital so these photos are very interesting to me.
KipKent Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2013  Student Photographer
Thank you! I find the place very interesting also
fluttercute1 Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2012
ChristineKalliri Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
byalicia Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2012
you captured a dark and interesting atmosphere!
AndersStangl Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2012
Dramatic, love it !
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