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Tarcutta Poltergeist

Tarcutta Poltergeist

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Sydney Sunday Herald 1949 (December 4)
Sydney Sunday Herald 1949 (December 4)

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The Sunday Herald (Sydney, NSW : 1949-1953), Sunday 4 December 1949, page 4
National Library of Australia
http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article28667396
//Months
OfStrangeEvents
In
.
«
»
THE'HAUNTED*
FARM
Scientists
As
TinsFloatInAir
FIRST-HAND
STORY
Earlythisyearweird,unaccountablehappeningsbegan
toterrorisevisitorstothelonely dairyfarmofMr.Lawrence
near
Tarcutta.
TOP
LEFT:
Mr.
Wilkin
TOP
son's
son,
son's
15-year-old
son,
son's
15-year-old
son,
Robin,fixing
a
chain
to
prevent
an
observation
glassbeingthrown
from
themilkingmachine.
An
investigator
believes
a
poltergeististhe
cause
of
thestrange
events
at
the
farmandthatRobinisthe
agent.
ABOVE:
Mr.
Lawrence
Wilkinson,
owner
ofthe
dairynear
Tarcutta,where
astonishedneighbourshave
seen
partsflyingfrom
a
milkingmachine
and
tins
floating
in
mid-air.
'
Ex-
pertscannot
account
for
these
mysterioushappen-
ings.
Some
people
be-
lievetheyhave
a
super«
natural
cause.
InMr.Wilkinson's"haunted"milkingshed
partsofamilkingmachinemysteriouslyflewoff
inalldirections.
Theseevents
havecontinuedthroughoutthe
year.
Inbroaddaylightscaredneighbourshave
reportedhavingwatched
tins
rise
inmid-air.
Recently
a
2£lbbrasspart'ofthemachinedis-
appeared,to befound 250yardsaway.
Somepeoplebelieveitissupernatural.
The
expertsdon't know.
Whatdoyouthink?
A"SundayHerald"reportervisitedthefarm
lastweek.
Hereishisstory:
Mr.
'
W
i1kins
on's
"haunted"milkingshed
is
on
a
hillside intheheartof
thefertile
TarcuttaValley,
48milesfromWagga.
Hundreds
of
metal
parts,
weighingfrom2ozto21b,have
been flungas
faras
250yards.
Acast-ironaxleweighing651b
was
lifted
2ft
off
theground
with
a
noisewhich Mr.Wilkin-
son
describesas"aterrificbang."
Some
observersbelievethis in-
explicablebehaviourisa
polter-
geist
phenomenon.
That
is
to
say,
itoriginatesina
forceun-
known
tosciencethatmanifests
itself
in
moving
furniture
in
hauntedhouses,breakingcroc-
kery,andthrowingheavyobjects
withouthuman
or
mechanical
intervention.
Ifso,thehappeningsatthe
Tarcuttadairy
are
probablythe
most
astonishing
examples
of
poltergeistbehaviourinthehis-
toryofpsychicresearch.
When
Ivisited
thefarmlast
Thursdaya
weird change
had
come
over
themilkingshed.
In
an
effort
tostopthemachine
from
flyingto
bits,
Mr.
Wilkin-
son
had
tied"everymovingpart
tothewallsand'rafter's
withhits
ofchain, wire,andrope,giving
theappearanceofone
ofthose
fabulous
machines
drawn
by
humorous
artist
Heath
Robin-
son.
Yetparisofthemachine,both
movingandstationary,continue
lo
fly
about,twisting theheavy
irondogchainsthatsecure
them
as
iftheywere
softcopperwire.
.Mr,Wilkinsonsaidthatsince
January
10,whenthefirst
inci-
dentswere
observed,everysingle
movingpartofhismilkingplant
has
been
thrown
offlíy
some
mysterious
force.
Twelve
of
mysterious
force.
Twelve
them
are
stillmissing.
When
theoutsideworld
first
heardofthemysteriousevents
atthe"haunted"milkingshed
they
were
viewed
with suspicion
and
ridicule.
15PEOPLE
AREWITNESSES
But
such
facile
explanations
are
derided
by
no
fewerthan
15eye-witnesses,
all
ofwhom
were
present
¿it
different
times
when
objectswere
flying
about.
None
can
offera
reasonable
explanation.
One
man
even
spentanightinthemilking shed
in
a
vainattempttosolvethe
mystery.

Mr.Wilkinsoncalled in mach-
ineryexpcitsfromthecompanv
which

.sold
him,the
machine.
Theytoldhim
itwas,inperfect
order.
,
'

Hecallediamechanics* fiom Tarcutta»andWapga.'Theysaid therewas

no
mechanicaldefeat
anywhere.
Dairy
inspectors
from
the
N.S.W.Department ofAgricul-
turecame
tothefarm.
They
said themachine
was
running
perfectlyandcouldnotaccount
for,itsweirdbehaviour.
PublicWorks
Department
en-
gineersandpoliceofficersexam-
ined
the
machine,
and
were
equallynonplussed.
C.S.I.R.O.TESTS
Scientists
of
the
Common-
wealth
Scientific
and
Industrial
Research
Organisation
last
month
failedtolocatethesource
ofthe mystciious
happenings.
ofthe mystciious
happenings.
Theirreporthas unleashed
a
wholechain ofspeculation.
All
sortsofexplanations
areoffered.
Among
them
are
these:
MECHANICAL
DEFECT.
forthe
machine,departmentalexperts"
atleastleastthreeindependent
milkingmachine
experts,
and
I
three farmerswho
use
thesame
typeofmachineall
testifythat
Mr.Wilkinson'splantisinper-
fectworkingorder.
MAGNETIC
DISTURB
ANCE.-No.
Mostof thework-
ingpartswhichflyoffthemach-
ineare
ofbrass,
which
is
non-
magnetic.
Tests
for
ground
magnetism
are
alsonegative.
RADIO
BEAM.-No.
Several
radiobeams
to
guide
aircraft
cross
above
Mr.
Wilkinson's
dairy,but
radio
experts
Irom
theR.A.A.F.
stationat
Forest
Hill,
Wagga,
are
satisfied
that
theelectrical
impulses
arc
far
j
too
weak
to
cause
the
phenomena.
HYPNOTISM.
-
Nu.
Too
many
people,
too
many
times,
have
seen
the
phenomenato
justifythishypothesis.
TRICKERY_No.
Suspicion
was
first
turnedon
Mr.Wilkin-
son'sson
Rohin,aged15,hya
letterpublished
in
"The
Daily
Advertiser,"Wagga,on
January
29.
Thewritersaid:"I suggest
thatno
furthertrouble
will
be
experienced,
atleast
with
the

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