Bendigo Writers Festival
Was it the antipodean sun, gold mania, excessive masturbation, the heady pace of modern life? These are the questions posed by clinical psychologist Jill Giese in her award-winning book about the extraordinarily high rate of insanity in colonial Victoria. With Bendigo historian Penny Davies, Jill talks about what she found when she researched the sad lives of those incarcerated in madhouses, which led to the quest by ambitious doctors to improve understanding of mental illness. Did digging in the archives change her own ideas about what it means to be sane?