The Escape of Mary Indich
Mary Indich was a 24 year old Indigenous woman who was sent to Fremantle Prison for escaping the notorious Moore River Native Settlement. During the Women's Prison's 12pm roll call on Sunday 14 May 1931, Mary was found absent, having possibly escaped by scaling the wall of the exercise yard.
She had previously stated that she wanted to obtain medical attention for a nervous condition, saying that she was receiving little to none at prison. On the Monday, Mary made her way to the Royal Perth Hospital where she was x-rayed and given a prescription. Later that day, she left with relatives when she was recognised at the hospital due to her picture being in the paper, and went to the Department of Native Affairs, saying she intended to give herself up to the police. Indich was arrested and placed in the Roe Street lock-up. It is thought that she was returned back to the Moore River Settlement.