Mont Park Asylum

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Mont Park Asylum
Mont Park.jpg
Former Asylum buildings
Geography
Location Macleod, Victoria, Australia
Organisation
Care system Public and private
Hospital type Psychiatric
Services
Emergency department Not applicable
History
Founded 1912
Links
Lists Hospitals in Australia
Other links List of Australian psychiatric institutions

Mont Park Asylum was a psychiatric hospital located in Melbourne, Australia. It was closed in the late-1990s. Located on a huge area of land, Mont Park was built during the government policies of institutionalisation of the mentally ill and insane in the early 20th century. The complex was served by the freight only Mont Park railway branch line.

The empty land was used for the establishment of La Trobe University in 1967. It is now the site of Springthorpe Housing Development. Part of the old patient hospital was taken over by La Trobe University for the Graduate School of Management/Business.

Mont Park was closely linked with Plenty Valley Repatriation Psychiatric Hospital and Larundel Psychiatric Hospital, which both closed in the late 1990s. These sites are also being redeveloped.

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The buildings of Mont Park were used for the 2004 documentary Troubled Minds - The Lithium Revolution which portrayed Dr John Cade's discovery of the use of lithium in mental illness.

Several buildings at the former site were also used as filming locations for the Garingal Juvenile Justice Centre in Chris Lilley's mockumentary, Angry Boys.

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Coordinates: 37°43′20″S 145°03′53″E / 37.7221°S 145.0647°E / -37.7221; 145.0647