The Advertiser (Adelaide, SA : 1931-1954), Saturday 23 December 1933, page 9

SOUTH AUSTRALIA
Department
tralian Museum of the gives

South
some

Aus
so

nebula lidity to the haunted houses.

of

the

State's

Graham's

Castle
house

A
HAVNTED

"HAUNTED" thesrly

well
was a

colonists

to known Graham's

prominent

HOUSE

BY
IT is

MAX

AFFORD

It is said to have been one of the first hotels

in Pros pcs'tion It was built pect. profits made frem in the original mine. As Bt'rra r:d niciures show, it w?.s a two

storied

house,
well in

UJnd.ing
back xxotfed

sparsely
grounds.

almost

as

hard

to

The
ance

imagine
Santa Claus its of

Christmas
as

without
Christmas houses.

very appear the of place

wa? nvest

sufficient
it

to
a

with

without legends

ghost stories and
haunted

gnostJy

sura,

but

grandfathers grand Our and mothers, steeped in the delightfully spine-chilling superstitions of the Yic turinu era, Christmas the counted
ffhost essential an story as muck of the jcxtivc celebrations as holly ami the mistletoe.

was that there to something more the "haunting"

part the

dim shade stalked of Marley The through the old-time merrymaking and, with terror, far from being looked upon the

the of wit statement nesses. An Adelaide lived stockbroker in this ill-omened for house some tells of years, and

than is

mere

rumors

proved

by

strange happenings
weird rumblings, hollow knockings, signs ?"<1 wails from apparently rooms—an these empty the that servants the things convinced was place haunted, and none could be

way
—a was

Victorians to make

almost

went

out

of

their

tradition
not the was

him the honored guest which Christinas without
same.

the old-time hest who in a cheer could hold his Christmas the fortunate was haunted Grange; hostess who could warn her guests about on be met the "a dark shape that may Stairs, my It was dears." things like lent this which seasoning and spice to the perfect Christmas of a century ago.

Happy

persuaded
ness

to stay

for long.

The

busi

of
a

came

servants soon acquiring new be serious matter, but th? tenant
no

placed
an

credence

in

the business

until
own

uncanny
him

caused

of his experience to readjust his views.

Figure

Of

A

Woman
after
a

Tastes
BUT
?"-*

Have

Changed
when the

QNEthe night, just figure
of the
?up upper to

sunset,

he

saw

in this modem age, drowns radio foxtrot the clanking of the hollow chains and groans lost in the the nocturnal spectre are cross-talk of Clapham and nonsensical the of mention Dwyer, ghosts and is more likely to raise haunted houses a a than shudder. chuckle of

Thinking

landing that it was
her,
but

woman of

standing on the etairway. his mother, he ran
when he reached

greet

the landing the figure had disappeared. He had been looking upward at the
stairs,
no one

and
had

as

was

amazed

no had gone up. and one him passed going down, he at the disappearance.

people, borrowing freeiy young remark that nowadays Ibsen, "people don't do such things," and dis miss the supernatural with a contemp modern the tuous Science, shrug. thauma witchcraft, has dealt medieval turgv a staggering death-blow, and the interested in young people of today are to the minute. up things more Yet, it is not so long ago that South (rather shame-facedly) Australia owned Our from
several

He that

and was told his mother had left the house hours before on a-visit to the city. When she returned some time later, he matter before her. put the told She him that the had been in the city at the time of his seeing the figure, and ended a have been by saying that it must trick of But the light and shadow. to this day that he stockbroker swears saw can the figure, and describe even
the color of the dress. to the family moved left empty. house was Its ghesily reputation became known far and wide, and few people would near venture the place after dark. At To length, in 1901. it was demolished. day. Castle and Graham streets perpe of one tuate the memory of Adelaide's famous "hauntings." Mitcham. and the

sought the servants,

reputably

haunted

houses,

commonly solitary dwellings that were dead supposed to shelter the -sheeted Net many that gibber." quake and a century, people know that, in less than its about gathered has this State lincaiiny and various spots strange In dealing with this subject, stories. at at the best, merely grasp can one and ghostly the shadow, since substance are shades obviously diametrically op Archives the so, Even posed Aus the South of Department
so

Some

time

later,

National Library of Australia

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article36466635

seen

a

The
?*}NE

Fountain
of South

Inn
Australia's
was was

earliest
the old

residents of North Adelaide out the story as they heard young days.

fully
it in

bear tiieir

"haunted"

houses

which
tralia.
was

built at En

Apparently
story
was

what

gave

rise

to

the

The
constructed

building
of

the fact that Robert Gouger had buried his wife on his property in near the city, the present Gouger
street. This fact became twisted
one so

weatherboard
roof grasses

and

the with

that
came

thatched from
land.

the

Mrs.
sur

the North Adelaide to be regarded as the buried. Gouger was

property
where

rounding
was miles

As

it

Hasty
Inn became

Removal
as

the
around,

hotel lor the Fountain

AS

recently
old house

the

favorite
and many its

gathering-place
wild
carousals
were man

"
for
the
were

at

an 1918. a family took Semaphore. They had

whalers,

held within
quent,
and

wails.
than

Brawls
one

fre
was

place thoroughly moving in. One room, room by the youngest
was

cleaned

before
as a a

more

(seven,

noticed rest
the

boy of to be considerably

used child,

bed

dragged
sustained

away
in
some
a

bleeding
free-for-all years, other

from
fight.

wounds

older than the few days later

After built
was

hotels

were

nearby,
let
to

and

the Fountain
as a. summer

Inn
resi

A of the house. child amused his parents by saying that, on the previous night, "a lady in a white nightgown" No come had to stand by his bed.

tenants

notice

was

taken

of his

remark

until,

dence. But be found nobody could At who would stay long in the place. the the dead of EUllen night, when of the breakers sounded above boom the melancholy cry of the sea-birds, other come there would sounds—queer, human feet inexplicable noises, like soft sand. dragging heavily over Yet, when one was investigated, there nothing stirring except the tall grasses in the sighing night wind. waving the unenviable Knowing reputation of the went around rumor place, the haunted was the village that the house by the ghost of a whaler, who had been injured in a cmnken brawl and had been beach there to the and dragged left to die. went even Some people far so a; seen to say that they had

saw a later, the mother three days from figure in white emerge the child's room out move and into the garden. She said nothing to the remainder of

her inten the family, but announced tion of changing their quarters. To now living at this day that woman,

Toorak,
was

is

convinced

that

the

place

haunted.

is the What mystery behind Taking into strange visitations?

these
con

sideration has drawn the fact
co

the
across

veil

of

gauze

that

time

these human
as a

dwellings, nature

and loves
the

that
much

nothing

mystery,
to scoff at

cynic may
the grim at certain

be inclined

the

tableau
times man

the

dead

that, throughout the year, to his old returned
one can

re-enacted,

and

idea

of shades

returning from

the dark

haunts.

Although

allow

much

latitude to the over-imaginative, the are fact remains there that people living in Adelaide today who say they have heard the mysterious noises that its ill-favored the Fountain gave Inn reputation.

one world beyond the grave. But when is considers how devious this path called trace can Life, and how dimly we it for all our lamps of science, and how", from the darkness that girds it round, black and strange possibilities loom it is only the sometimes terrible—then or foolish who wffi wise the very very a venture the dogmatic assertion on subject.

The
?"'

"Grey
the

Lady"

was responsible story of the "grey lady" was of Adelaide. She supposed the basement of a house in lo haunt that demo North been Adelaide has for to make lished the present way buildings of the Calvary Hospital. The £he was "haunted" basement, in fact, first quarters of the nursing sisters of

TJUMOR,
for North

apparently,

;!:~
By

courtesy

or

the

Archives.

The
was

land on originally

which

the

house

stood

owned

by

Robert

the first Colonial Secretary. William jun., Younghusband, bought the property and built on it a was stone residence which raised large 8 ft. from the ground by a walled About 60 years basement. the ago current story became that the base ment of as the Younghusband home, the house was was known, haunted by a was "grey lady" who supposed to have been seen sitting in a chair. Old residents of North Adelaide fully bear

Gouger,
Mr.

The

old
to
an

Bay,

Fountain Inn Encounter at irhich mysterious noises gave ill-favored reputation.

GRAHAM'S

an

old

sketch

Large stone

hovtt in A rorf/i Adelaide, xchich "grey lady" ha Tinting the

rumor

credited basement.
By
courtesy ot the

with

a

Archives.

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