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Haunted Fire Station (1981)

Haunted Fire Station (1981)

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Canberra Times 1981 (Dec 29)
Canberra Times 1981 (Dec 29)

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The Canberra Times (ACT : 1926 - 1995), Tuesday 29 December 1981, page 9National Library of Australiahttp://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article126868508
The
Forrest
firestation.
 Ghostwith
no
malice9
at
Forrest
fire
station
By
LISAMELDRUMThe
ghostof
a
fireman
is
said
to
haunt
theForrest
firestation.
Unexplained
footsteps
anddoors
arc
but
it
does
not
worry
thefirefighters
on
dutybccauscthey
believethe
ghosthas
no
malice,
according
tothepresi
dent
oftheFire
Brigade
HistoricalSociety,
MrGeoffFlanagan.MrFlanagan,
afirst-classfire
fighter,saidthe
men
oftensay, Ithink
I
heardBluey
last
night .
Bluey
was
E.
W.Fleming,
a
firefighter
whodiedwhile
serving
with
the
RAAF
in
World
War
II.
There
is
a
plaque
in
his
memory
atthestation.
MrFlanagan
said, Ithink
all
the
firemenlookupon
him
as
part
of
thefurniture.
 There
aresome
peoplewho
honestlybelieve
they
feel
hisprespres
ence
sometimes.The
factthat
hehas
come
back
to.
the
fire
station
is
quitenice .
The
stationofficer
ofC
platoon,
MrKeithQuinlivan,
was
sceptical,saying, Ithinkthey re
dreaming .Hehas
never
heardBlueyandhehasbeen
firefighting
in
Canberra
for
29
years.
But
one
of
hisplatoon,senior
firefighterKen
Hewett,
said
Bluey s
ghost
was
still
aroundandhehadheardhim.According
to
MrFlanagan,
the
ghostaddscharacter
to
the
station,
which
was
builtin
1939.The
station
couldbe
in
itslast
months,
asanew
station
is
being
built
near
the
Fyshwick
Markets,
on
the
corner
ofCanberraAvenueandDalby
Street.
Autofairhasbeenmovedup
Dalby
Streetto
makeway
for
it.
MrQuinlivan
said
he
had
been
toldthebuilding
couldbeready

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