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Rockhampton Ghost (1952)

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Morning Bulletin 1952 (July 29)
Morning Bulletin 1952 (July 29)

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Morning Bulletin (Rockhampton, Qld. : 1878 - 1954), Tuesday 29 July 1952, page 2National Library of Australiahttp://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article57241049
Mysterious
Happenings
j
In
Home
Strangehappenings
in
resi-
dential^
athome
and
abroad,
theoriginrarely,-
if
ever,
solved,havebeen
reported
from
timeto
time,
happenings
so
weird
as
toleavethe
occu-
pants,
visitorsand
investigat-
ors
bewildered.
j
Recent
reports
of
"ghostly"patter
in
a
house
at
Padding-
ton.
Brisbane,
reawakenedin-terestin
mysterious
incidentsin
a
home
in
Rockhamptonduring
thedawnofthe
present
century.Theoccurrences,whichbaffled
all
effortsto
solve,continued
nightly,
as
well
as
atintervalsin
a
lesser
degreeduring
the
day,
overa
prolonged
period.
To
many
therecordoftheevents
might
be
regarded
as
incredible,butthenarratorofthisstory
can
vouchfortheirauthenticity.DOOR
KNOCKS
Threeknocks
on
thefrontdoor
was
justhow
things
started.
Theheadofthehouseopenedthedoor,butthere
wis
Qo
one
outside.As
one
wouldexpect,thematter
was
readilyforgotten.It
was
attributedto
a
boyishprank,
as
boys
in
Qiose
days
indulged
Inthenightly
pastime
of
doorknock-
ing,
butwhenthe
knockings,
were
repeated
every
night
fortreeksthere
was
cause
forup-
]
setIn
thehome.Theladsof]thelocality
had
no
part
in
\
thain.
The
family
was
not,
<
however,
unduly
alarmedand<
BSan
offset
one
evening
burst
i
intosong.Totheirastonish-mentthedoor
knockings
beattimewiththesinging.Thefamily
chorus
each
evening,however,
soon
lost
its
effect
as1
i
palliative.
<
Theregularityoftheknock-ings
eventually
became
un-
bearable.Thenthere
wasa
leries
of
eventsthat
leries
of
eventsthatinspired
tear.
Crockery
andwindows
j
rattled,
there
was
rubbing
on
j
thewatts
as
if
a
broom
was
teing
pushed
upand
down,1
underneaththefloorofthehome
was
"thumped"
andin-
side
wallsbanged.The
youngermembersofthe
family
often
scampered
from
oneroom
toanother.To
all
members
of
the
family
the
occurrences
becameratherterrifying,
except
tothefather,who
throughout
thewholeordealmaintained
a
spirit
ofdefianceand
Sung
abusein
no
uncertainterms.ROCKEDDPBEDHowwould
youreact
if,
afterretiringfor
the
night,you
were
rockedinbedforaboutfiveminutes
by
some
mysterious
agency
and
thenhadyour
mosquito
net
jerked.This
seems
veryfantastic,but
it
actually
happened.
It
was
theexperience
of
the
man
ofthe
house,
an
18
stone
stockilybuilt
man.
Unnerved,
he
stayed
inbedand
even
taunted
the;unseen
force
by
himself
pull-
ing
thenet,
only
tohave
it
tugged
harder
as
if
togiveventto
annoyance
at
the
im-
pudence
ofsuch
an
action.Therehadbeen
scratching
undertheoed
on
other
oc-
casions
as
ifonewere
drawing
fingers
along
the
wire
mattress,;butnotwhilefather
was
init
Rubbing
on
thewalls,
however,
went
on
simultaneously
with;the
rocking
andtugging.
Strangelyenough,
no
othermemberofthe
family
hadbeenrockedinbed
during
thedisturbances,the
experiencebeingapparently
reserved
fdr;
defiantDad.The
rappings
on
thewalls
were
distinctlyaudibleoutsidethehomeand
some
 
thehomeand
frequently
some
distance
fromtoe
precincts
ofthehouse.It
is
no
exaggeration
tosaythatthe
hammering
couldbeheard
a
block
ormore
away.Thenoise
a
carp-enterwouldmakeindrivingout
a
boardwith
a
hammer
aptly
illustratesthe
belting
on
insidewalls."ComeoutintotheopenandIwillface
you,"
shoutedthe
exasperated
father
onone
oc-
casion,buthe
was
only
greet-
edwith
heavybangs
on
thewall
near
wherehestood.
SOME
QUESTIONING
Thehousehadbeenbuilt
forthe
family
about12years
earlier.
There
wasnever
anyquestionofselling
or
removing
toanother
and
no
offerhad
ever
beenmadeto
buy
itThreeknocks
for
"Yes"andtwo
for"No"
were
accepted
by
the
family
andothers
on
innumerable
occasions
as
re-
pliesto
questions.At
length
the
owner
asked,"Doyouwantthehouse?"
-
Yes.
"How
much,
£300?"
-
No.
"£400?"
-
No.
"£100?"
-
Yes.
The
owner
then
burstinto
a
torrent
ofabuse.It
was
not
the
only
timehegave
venttohisfeelingsinthisway.Thenthe
knocking
and
brushing
would
beresumed.
Outofcuriosityquestions
were
asked
outsidethehouse
during
the
day
as
well
as
at
nightFRUITLESS
SEARCHA
thorough
search
inevery
nookand
corner
threw
no
light
on
the
causeorcauses
ofthe
mystery.
PoliceInvesti-gated,
a
squad
ofworkmatesvisited
thehouse
andothersequallycuriousmade
calls.
Ground
underneath
thehome
was
dug
to
ascertain
whether
there
was
anywiring.All
sec-
tionsabovetheceiling
were
closely
examined.
In
fact,
no
stone
was
leftunturnedto
un-
ravel
theuncannyhappenings,
but
all
proved
fruitless.
Contrary
tostrangeincidents
In
xesidentialsinotherpartsoftheworld,
no
damage
was
done
at
anytime
in
theRock-
hampton
home,
although
crock-
ery
andother
things
were
rudely
shaken.
_
FAMILY
QUITS
After12
months
the
family
vacated
the
home,the
mother
being
almost
anervous
wreck,
andlivedin
a
rentedhouse
about
a
milefrom
the
scene
ofthe
"ghostly"nightmares.
Dad,however,could
seenoreason
whythey
shouldnay
rentwhen
theyowned
their
own
home
andall
decided
to
return,quiteobliviousofthefactthat
alltheeventswhichgavethem
so
much
concern
hadabsolutelyceased,
although
none
ofthem
hadvisited
lt
since
departure.
Porthe-
remaining
years
they
were
left
undisturbed.In
all
they
had
residedthere
for26
years.
Evenwhen
things
were
againnormalfriends
didnot
return.
A
ladywho
professed
she
was
notafraidof
anything
andde-
claredshewould
stay
the
night
left
early
andhadtobe
es-
cortedhome.It
was
saidthatfor
a
long
timeaftershewouldnot
goout
at
night
un-
accompanied
andwould
not
even
passthehouseinques-
tion.
IS
it
anywonderwhen
stout
-
hearted
policemen
andothersofthesterner
sexwere
mystifiedandfearful
I
One
night's
experience
ofthe
strangehappenings
inthehome
wasa
sufficientdeterrent
to
anyfurther
visits
by
friends.The
only
reason
why
thefamily
sufferedthedisturbances
was
that
it
was
theirhome
and
they
were
alwayshopeful
thatthetrouble
would
abate.Porobvious
reasons
theloca-tionof
the
property
andthe
family
nameare
notdisclosed,
j

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