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Haunted Cattle Camps

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Northern Times 1938 (Dec 16)
Northern Times 1938 (Dec 16)

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Northern Times (Carnarvon, WA : 1905 - 1952), Friday 16 December 1938, page 6National Library of Australiahttp://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article74924690
HAUNTEDCATTLECAMPS
There
are
many
places
in
the.
bush
known
to
travellers
as
"haunted
huts,"and
quite
as
many
on
themainstock
routes
of
Queensland
known
to
cattle
menas
haunted
camps,
writes
Mr.E.
S.Sorensoninthe
"Sydney
Mail."
On
these
places
no
travelling
mob
will
rest
through
thenight;
even
thequietestbushcattie
will
stampede
for
no
apparent
reason.
Cattle
are
just
as
particularin
choosing
a
restingplace,when
left
to
themselves,
asmen
are.
When
put
ona
spot
they
don't
like
they
be
come
uneasy
andrestless.Certain
features
oil
other
camps
get
on
their
nerves,
till
the
mere
crackof
a
twig
or
theflutter
of
a
bird
will
causea
stampede.
Butdroversbelievethat
cattle
seeorsense
things
thathuuians
cannot,
andthose
who
know
the
roadsavoid
camps
thathave
a
reputation
for
being
haunted.
I
struck
one
such
place
near
Ero
manga,
Queensland,
whiletravellingwith
a
mobofstore
bullocksfrom
Bulgroo.
Trouble
started
soon
after
dark,
whenthemob
suddenly
sprangup
andbolted.
They
were
broughtback,
but
soon
they
were
«off
again
like
a
mobof
madbeasts.
After
sev
eralrushes
we
had
tocamp
themhalf
a
mile
away.
There
they
settleddownand
gave
nomore
trouble.Theplace
theyobjected
to
wasa
nice
clump
of
trees
ona
flat.
Welooked
over
it
carefully
in
the
morning,
butcouldfind
nothing
wrong.
Inthe
town
wewere
told
that
aman
hadbeenmurderedthere
manyyears
before.In
a
clearing
in
the
Gog^ngo
Scrub",
Queensland,
there
is
a
heavy
three-railedenclosureknown
as
Dead
Alan's
Yard.
It
was
erected
asa
stockyard
over
50yearsago,
and,
like
most
oftheold
yards
andfences,has
high-capped
gatewaysmadeof
heavy
timber.
ItIjas
oftenbeen,used
by
^rovers
to
relievethem
of
a
night's
watching,
but
no
mobofcattlehas
ever
stayed
in
it
very
long.Of
a
sudden
they
havebounded
up,
smashed
through
the
side,
and
stampeded
through
scrubandforest
as
hard
as
they
couldgo.Whenthe
yard
was
they
couldgo.the
yard
was
being
built
the
body
of
a
dead
man
was
found
in
a
gully
nearby.Whe
therhehad
perished
or
had
beenmurdered
was
unknown,
butthis
circumstance
andthefactthatcattle
re
fused
to
staythere
gavethe
place
a
widespreadreputation
of
beinghaunted.
A
haunted
cattle
camp
on
Man
tuan
Downs,
on
theWardRiver,
Queensland,
has
a
peculiarhistory.There
is
a
fine
lagoon
on
one
side,
andstretching
away
to
a
woodedcreek
is
a
widegrassy
plain-a
capi
tal
placefor
a
drover's
camp.
Butthequietestmob
is
restlessthere,whilstothersrushoffinsuddenpanic.
Long
ago
there
wasa.
hotel
on
the
edge
ofthe
downs,
facing
thelagoon.A
man
who
had
been
down
withcattle
camped
at
the
lagoon
and
lost
hishorses.Between
looking
forthemhe
was
drinking
at
the
hotel,and
one
day
was
founddead
on
theplainwithhisbridle
alongside
him.
According
to
travellers'
stories,
a
spectralhorse-hunter
wasseennow
and
again
afterwards
wandering
across
theplain
at
dawn
wTith
a
bridle
on
his
arm.
I
never
hadtheluck
to
see
this
ghost
whenI
camped
there,but
a
selectorwhohad
occupied
the
site
ofthe
old
pub
was
completing
theremovalofthehabitation
to
farback
on
the
creek
becausethe
women
reckonedthe
place
was
haunted.One
place
thathad
only
a
shortlived
reputation
for
being
haunted
was
a
niceclear
spotbelow
Tambo,
on
the
Barcoo.
Every
mobthathad
camped
there
stampeded;
even
horses
went
galloping
offwith"
clanging
bellsand
hobbles.But
it
was
discovered
thatthe
"ghost"
was
an
irascibleold
widow
whohad
a
smallselectionadjoiningthe
route.
Shewantedthe
grass
outsideforher
cows,
and
re
sented
the

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