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Living With A Ghost

Living With A Ghost

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Australian Womens Weekly 1978 (June 7)
Australian Womens Weekly 1978 (June 7)

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The Australian Women's Weekly (1932-1982), Wednesday 7 June 1978, page 108, 109National Library of Australiahttp://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article51594027
Living
with
the
ghostof
Whg
 
Brisbane
restaurateur
NeilMcLucasshareshishouse
with
a
"presence"
When
NeilMcLucasclimbed
through
the
smashedwindowof
an
oldderelicthouse
in
Why
NotStreet
in
theBrisbanesuburb
of
West
 
in
theBrisbanesuburb
of
West
End,
he
knew
he
hadfound
the
homehe
was
looking
for.
Thefloorboards
were
rotting,
the
wooden
stumps
underthehouse
wereso
eaten
away
thatwhen
thewindblewthehouserocked.Theback
yard
was
piledwith
rubbish.The
realestate
agent
haddescribed
the
place
as
"a
heap
of
junk"
but
Neil
was
jubilant.
He
snapped
it
up
at
a
bargain
priceand
set
about
decorating
andfurnishing
its
16
loftyrooms
withtheir
perfectly
preservedpressed
metalceilings.
lt
wasn't
longbefore
he
discoveredhe
was
sharing
the
house
with
a
ghost.
He
says
it'sa
friendlyghost,but
it
has
given
him
a
fewscary
moments.
One
evening,
when
alone
in
the
house,
Neil
saw
his
siamese
cat
suddenly
arch
its
back
andstareat
a
vacantspace
near
thefoot
ofthe
staircase
in
the
living
I
room.
Its
gazeslowlyfollowed
some-
thing
-
or
someone
-
upthestaircase.
Halfway
upNeil
heard
footsteps
quite
distinctly.
Atother
times
hehasfoundthatlightshavebeen
mysteriously
switched
on
during
thenight
and
more
than
once
hehas
felta
strong"pres-
ence"at
thefoot
ofhisold,
wrought
ironbed.Thehouse
was
built
in
1883forthe
Holmesfamily
andfor
years
it
was
the
onlydwelling
on
the
Why
Not
estate
whichhaswideviews
over
the
city.
(The
estate
was
namedafter
advertisements
whichasked
"Why
not
buy
land
here?")
Neil
describeshimself
asa
bower
birdand
his
house
is
filled
with
an
incrediblecollection
of
turn-of-the-centuryobjects.There
is
a
solid
brass
cash
register
dated
1901,
a
collection
ofold
firearms
and
draught
horse
equipment,
a
huge
ceilingfan
withwooden
blades
as
big
asan
aeroplane
propellerand
an
oldtype-writer
with
a
double
setof
keys.On
the
huge
desk
in
Neil's
study
display
cases

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