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Jill Giese: The Maddest Place on Earth - Bendigo

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251-259 Hargreaves Street

Bendigo, VIC 3550

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Jill Giese is a clinical psychologist and winner of the 2018 Victorian Premier’s History Award for her book The Maddest Place On Earth, an exploration of Victoria’s early lunatic asylums. In 19th-century Victoria, goldfields were booming but also hiding an alarming fact – Victoria had the highest rate of insanity in the world. In response, Victoria embarked upon a grand asylum project for its citizens. Jill shares this intriguing history through a fascinating fusion of scholarship, storytelling and real-life accounts on a historical malady that remains entirely modern.

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