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Haunted Homestead (1934)

Haunted Homestead (1934)

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Longreach Leader 1934 (Dec 5)
Longreach Leader 1934 (Dec 5)

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The Longreach Leader (Qld. : 1923 - 1938), Wednesday 5 December 1934, page 19National Library of Australiahttp://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article37249682
THE
HAUNTEDHOMESTEAD
OF
COOPER'S
CREEK.
(By
"Alua")
Christinas
Eve
on
the
-wallaby
with
Matilda,
up
isnot
a
pleasant
p-'uspeetand
Christmas
eve
'33
was
nu
exception.
Bine-nose
Jaclcandmyselfwalked
along
the
channels
of
Cooper's
Creekfor
over
300
miles
making
to
Adelaide,
which
we
hoped
to
reach
by
easy
stages,goingby
Lake
Blanche
andLakeTorrens."We
counted
on
putting
in
ChristmasDay
at
old
Buldudgeriehomestead,
now
b
ug
deserted,standingright
on
the
Tanksof
the
PelicanLagoon,
the
biggest
waterhole
on
the
Cooper.
Old
Bulbudgerio
usedto
belong
to
a
rich
Englishman
but
heaban-
doned
it,
Vand
the
oldbitildings,,
mostly
stone,
werestill
standing,
Uh
no
one
living
in
any
ofthem.Sureenough
we
gotto
Bulbudgerie
about
4
o'clock
on
Christmas
Evefoundthe
placedeserted,
a
big
old
ramblingtwo-storiedplace,looking
out
over
thePelican
lagoon,
with
a
boatshed,
and
a
landing
stage,
for
a
boat,all
going
toruin."We
soon
fix-
ed
a
camp,
Blue-Nose
andI,
intheold
homstead
andset
a
fewlinesforfish
in
thohole.We
were
well
re-
wardedfor
our
troubleand
soon
caught
a
dozen
big
yellow-belly.
After
we
had
n
good
feed.Blue-nose
andT
re-
tiredforthe
night
in
one
of
thcmany
roomsofthe
old
homestead
A
littleafter
midnight
T
was
awaken
ed
by
hearing
someone
passmy
door
a
ouick.stealthily,
hurriedstep
whicl
stopped
at
the
big
roomat
the
em<>f
thepassage.
T
also
thought
could
hear
a
sound,like
sobbing,
am
a
flor
a
pause
of
a
minute
or
two,
could
hear
the
footstepsgoing
pas
cur
door
again.
Tawoke
Blue-nos
and
we
wentoutand
searched,
bi:
couldfind
no
one:
everything
ws
deadly
still,
except
a
few
froicreaking
intherushes
down
attr
l.-.ROonand
in
the
distance
the
cry
<a
dingo,
whichhadbeen
missed
1
thc
D.T.Board.A
SOB1ÎTNG
SOUND
ChristmasDay
we
put
infishin
sleeping
and
swimming
inthe.Pel
can
lagoon
and
afteranother
big
fe<
of
yellow-bellies
and
nardoo,
weweto
bod.
Itmust
havebeenabouto'clockinthe
morning
whenBlu
r.ose
awoke
me,
saying
that
r.ose
awoke
me,
saying
that
awom¡
had
just
passedthe
door
and
lu
stoppedopposite
the
big
room
attendof
thepassage.We
listened,
a'
after
a
minute
or
twocouldhewhatappearedlike
a
sobbing
sour
and
then
a
quickstep
down
tholo
passage.
Webothopenedtho
dcand
looked
ont
and
in
thebri?moonlight
clearly
saw
a
white
figi
hrrrvlng.
withbowed
head,
to
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