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Haunted Sheep Station (1940)

Haunted Sheep Station (1940)

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Sunday Mail 1940 (Jan 7)
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Sunday Mail (Brisbane) (Qld. : 1926 - 1954), Sunday 7 January 1940, page 2National Library of Australiahttp://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article98243736
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I
II
II
?
Strange
?
TalesOf
Queensland's
Past
ARE
there
runs
of
good-luck
andbadluck
?
Can
either
a
person
ora
placebe
sub
ject
for
a
periodto
aseem
ingly
uninterrupted
chainofeither
good
or
adverse
circumstances
in
suchfashion
as
iopass
beyond
mere
coincidence.LeridaStation,
inthe'
Muttaburra
district,hits
knownboth.
.
Nevertheless
it
is
doubtful
if
manyhundredsofstationfolkfrom
all
over
Queensland
as
sociate
anything
but
happiness
withthe:
name
ofLerida,for
they
enjoyed
thestation'shospitality
throughout
themanyyearswhenthe
fashionable
TowerHi]]Picnic
Jockey
Clubheld
its
annualcarnivalthere.
They
areunaware
that
a
hoodoolay
heavy
upon.
Leridafromthe
'80's
almost
throuRh
the'80s.WhentheLeslieBrotherstook-up
Lerida
inIhe70s
itwasa
leasehold
of463squaremilessituated
on
the
great
downs
country
ofMitchellandFlindersgrasses—
as
fine
sheepland
as
there
was
inAustralia.
Manyresumptions
forsmall
holdings
have
reduced
Leridatolessthan50squaremilesand
to
day
the
homestead
areais
a
sheep
stud.SituatedeastofWinton.southof
Hughenden
and
Richmond,
andnorthof
Longreach.
Barcaldineand
Aramac,
thisoldstationthus
lay
inthe
centre
of
avast
pastoral
area.
Fifty
milestothe
eastis
thetownofMutiaburrawhichinthe'80sand'90s
wasoneof
the
most
hectictownsinthewest.Forthose
were
thedays,
as
Henry
Forthose
were
thedays,
as
Henry
Lnwxonhas
it.
whenCobbandCo.
was
king.Muttaburra
wasa
stagestop
lortheCobbcoacheswhich
ran
from
Biackall
uptoBarcaldineand
Aramac,
andthence
through
'
thetown
on
the
Landsborough
River
to
HuEhenden.
Richmondand
over
the
horizon's
rim.
?
j^
CROSSthe
Landsborough
atMuttaburrastood
Fahcy's
Hotel,
now
gone,leaving
inthese
days
ofmotor
transport—
nota
wrack
behind.Theretheoldestofoldhandsdeclareyou
might
have
seenas
many
as
16CobbandCo.coachesdrawnup
atone
lime,andinsidethe
rambling
one-storyhotel100passengers.Inthe
season
when
thewool
was
coining
off.hundredsofshearers,
wool-pressers
and
rouse
abouts
rilledthebarand
sat
alongthe
veranda—
a
laughing,
.singing.and
shouting
crowd,
toasting
the
famousdaughter
ofthe
landlady.
Thehoodoo
on
Leridastarted
withthe
spearing
of
a
stockmanwhen
first
thestation
was
takenup.In]8S0
aman
named
Huskisson,while
swagging
it
humping
Matilda
across
Lerida
on
hisway
to
the
new
station
on
AyrshireDowns,
wanderedmilesawayintodesertcountryanddiedof
thirst.In1885W.G.GordonandWalter
Eunningmaking
their
way
with
a
mobof
sheep
across
LeridatoDarrRiverDowns
quarrelled,though
what
theyquarrelled
about
is
lostintheinislsofthepast.The
quarrel
on
Leridamayhavebeen
merely
the
working
out
ofthehoodoo,but
BunniiiR
wasnot
murdereduntilDarrRiverDowns
was
reached.Gordon
wa-s
hanged
inBrisbanefortheminder
of
Bunning.
Thenthehoodoo
was
suspended
for
a
decade,
only
to
break
again
onLorid.-i
in
itsmost
intenseandfinal
phase.
?
1
ATEin
October,
1896.about90shearers,
wool-pressers.
androuseaboulahadtheirfinal
.iolh
fication
at
Fahey's
Hotel
by
theriverinMuttaburra,andsaid
goodbye
to
theiriellowsandthedriversofCobbandCo'scoaches
on
whiihofthemhadtravelled
to
ofCobbandCo'scoaches
on
whiih
many
ofthemhadtravelled
to
Muttaburra.Theyleft
on
horsebackforLeridawhere.shearing
was
due
to
start.Oneoftheirnumber.Michael
Callaghan
a
wool-pi
e.sscr,
had
sei-n
theoldhotelforthelasttime,andhe
wasunaware
thathe
was
walk
ing
risluintothelioodoo
tliat
layuponLerida.That
night
the
shearing
cavalcade
camped
at
Tablederry,
thestrange
table-topped
hillsthatrise15milesfrom
Muttaburra.During
thenight,whiletheremainsof
considerable
liquor
purchased
at
thehotel
was
being
consumed.
Cullaghan
quarrelledwith
a
rouscabout,
namedJohnBohun.Onthe
followingmorning-
beforethelarge
party
.startedforLeridawool-shed.
Callagluin
offered
to
makefriends,buttherousrnbotit
rejected
hisadvancesandthreatenedthathewouldsettle
Callagluin
tin;first
chancehegot.
By
sixo'clockthat
evening
allthe
mm
liadreachedLeridaand
camped
on
thebanksofthecreekthreemiles
from
thebeadstationwiththeintentionof
going
totlie
woolshedsabout
seven
miles
away
intimeforthe
beginning-
ofshear
ing
next
day.
AsevidencethatBohunhad
mut
tered
no
idlethreat,hesotupat
daylight
on
October23,secured
an
empty
whisky
bottleand
went
searching
amongthe
sleeping
men
for
Callaghan.
He
experienced
diflicullyinlocating'him
as
the
men
allsleptwiihtheirheadsunderthe
?
v.
.
;?'?
-
blankets
becausethe
flies
were
troublesome.Bohun
lifted
theblanketsofabouthalf
a
dozen
men
and
at
lastfound
Callagban.
Inviewof
a
watching
shearer,named
Barney
Hughes,
he
lifted
the
whisky
bottleandthenstruck
Callaghan
fivetimes
on
thesideoftheheadwith
it.
Hughes
seizedtherouseabout
and,
withthe
assistance
ofother
men.
securedhimwithstraps.
They
turnedtheirattentionto
Call&ghan
and
found
his
.skull
smashed
in.
Helived
only
a
few-minutes.A
shearer
rodeswiftlytoMuttaburraand
reported
the
msuterto
ConstableP.
Duffy
'whorelivedsix
years
ago
as
Sub-inspectorDuffy;.
After
arranging
for
a
doc
tor
toro
to
Lerida
to
conduct
a
post-mortemtheconstablerodetothe
scene
ofthemurder
io
findthattherouseabouthadmadehis
es
cape,
and
was
hiding
inthebush
iiljuiiitwo
milesaway.
Dulfyorganised
a
searchparty.Thecountry
was
combedand
it
whs
the
conMublc
who
sighted
Diemurderer.Bohunmade
a
dash
for
a
largewatoihole.Theconstable
 
a
largewatoihole.Theconstable.?.purredhishorseanilrodehimdown
on
thebankofthewinci-holc,bintherirsprraie
man
arose
andmadranotherdashwiththeobviousintentionof
committing
s\iicide.
Once
more
he
wns,
riddendownsmd
ull
thespiritknocked
out
ofhim.
Hewas
thensecured,uikento
tlic
campandshownthebodvof
Callaghan.
'Ipot
even
withhim.'hesaid.'Hewon't
tell
any
morelies
aboutme.'WhenBohun
was
formally
ar
restedandchargedwith
Callaghan's
murderhesaid
:
'Go
your
hardest.
I
Rothim.'
Oneofthe
strangestaspects
ofthedeathof
Callnghan
was
thebehaviourofhishorse.
Callaghan
was
buried
in
a
rough
coffinfashioned
by
hisfellowsoftheshearers'camp,whothenmusteredtheir134horses.Ahorse
belonging
to
Callaghan
left
theothersandtrottedtothe
newly
madegrave.
He
began
(o
pa«-it
withhisforefeet.He
was
drivenawayseveraltimos.but
on
eachoccasionhe
re
turnedand
pawed
thegrave
oncemore.
Theirhavebeenmanyinstancesof
dogsrefusing
to
leavethegravesoftheirmastersbut
surely
that
is
the
first
time
a
horsehasbeenknowntoactinsuch
a
fashion.
At
Rockhampton
on
December
10,
1896.themurderer,who
proved
to
havebeenknownalso
as
McMillan
andGilbert,
was
sentenced
by
Mr.Justice
Powerto
death,
a
sentence
later
commuted
to
imprisonment
forthe
term
ofhisnatural
lite.
Callaghan
hadscarcelysettledintohis
grave
by
the
billabong
whenthehoodoosettledin
anex
traordinary
fashion
on
Lerida.About
a
monthlater
typhoid
fever
bipkc
outon
thestation.Twoshearerscontracted
it
anddied.There
was
tragedy
atthehome
stead
whenthe
manager'sdaughter.
MissWhile,diedof
typhoid
and
was
buried
neur
thehomestead.Herlather
resigned
and
wentto
NewScn-lhWaleswhentheshearingfinished,but
noi
beforehehad
seen
Leiid.i'shoodooclaim
yet
anothervictiminthe
personof
a
wool-rollernamed
Flannagan
whodiedinthewool-shedfromheartfailure.
?
'pHE
hoodoo
was
tohave
onemore
sacrificebefore
leaving
Lorida.The
new
manager
must
havefelt
an
oppressiveatmosphere
afterthesequenceofdeathsforhedied
by
his
own
handin
amanner
cieaiiv
demonstrating
thathe
was
a
victim
of
worryand
nerves.
Hehadbeen
on
Lerida
only
a
little
while
when
he
yarded
12000
sheep
lor
a
droverwho
wasto
travelthemforgrassand
waterin
orderto
save
themfromtheto
save
themfromthe
drought.
Thedrover
was
tohave
come
from
Hughenden
andfailed
to
arrive.Forthree
days
the
sheep
remained
yarded
withoutfood
or
drink.Themanager,
overcome
with
anxiety
forthe
sheep,stayed
up
until
midnight
oi
thethird
day.
andwhenthere
wasstillno
signofthedrover
lie
killedhim
self.
Next
day
thedroverandhis
men
arrived.Withthedeathofthisunfortunatemanagerthelioodoo
Mied,apparently
never
tosettle
ag&'-.
?
\OT
long
afterthissequenceof
tragedies
Mr.A.C.
Hone
became
manager
ofMessrs.F.G..F.
J..
snd
J.
C.Whiteand
wasa
hostwhobe
came
noted
throughout
theState.
As
president
oftheTowerHillPicnic
Jockey
ClubhemadeLeridafamous
as
the
annual
scene
ofthefinestamateurracing,the
gayest
ballsand
tliemost
fashionable
gatherings
inthe
west.
Hundredsof
members
ofother
picnic
race
clubs,
invitedguests,visitors
Horn
thecitiesandfrom
overseas
discovered
at
LeridaAustralianbushhospitality
atits
best,with
guestscami-ed
intheshearershuts,inthe
overflowing
homestead,intents;guestswhomade
a
tarpaulin
muster
oftheexpenses
so
that
it
the
improvised
bar
nobody
wasever
allowedto
buy
a
drink.Balls
were
heldin(hewoolilied
at
nightthroughout
theLeririacarnival,beforetheTowerHillPicnic
Jockey
Club
began
tomeetat
Beryl
Station
near
Longreach,
onned
b.v
[heCrombies.Frocks
wereseen
therethat
came
directfromParis,
orwere
the
highestpriced
inthesalons
of
Melbourneand
Sydney.
SometimesAtoo'sband
wentoverto
Leridafrom
Longreach:
butthere
were
occasionswhenhundredsof
couples
waltzedand
one-stepped
to
thestrainsofconcertinasandliddiesintheoldbushstyle.ThehoodooleftLeridaandnot
even
the
ghost
oi
one
ofthoseoldbushmenwhomethisendthere
could
beheard
in
Die
moonlightsingingby
thebiilabong.
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