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Australian Ghosts

Australian Ghosts

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Rockhampton Morning Bulletin 1925 (March 13)
Rockhampton Morning Bulletin 1925 (March 13)

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Morning Bulletin (Rockhampton, Qld.

: 1878 - 1954), Friday 13 March 1925, page 3
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AUSTRALIAN GHOSTS,
I

cidest

LINGERING
Australia, too,

LEGENDS.
has
its

stories ghosts, number

of
tn

haunted
whose, people
in

houses
existence believe
.'

and

family quite
a

of

(says William Evening
Neus").
"

Freajue

the

Sydney

first haunted house " of my The «as situated King-ftieet, knowledge in lt opposite Camdenville. Newtown, large cottaee, was a buck 6tandins footpath, veil the »nd from back pine tree. melancholy shaded hy one Th/ï popular tradition that at corwan of the tain times year a mysterious light could lie seen roora morinT from finally to vanish to in the room, long neglected accordgarden. This light, authorities, accomwas ing to some a panied by creepy Bound," supposed to have had its origin iu some old-time writer never midnight tragedy. The these raw nocturnal visitations, but lu common with the neighbours ahvajs the, child a ha lint <d house" HS gave after nightfall. a wide berth Probably Hie best and most enduring South Wales beibost story in New lietel longs to a of thc in one very old Ha «kef bury li/ver district*. It is leged that periodically the spirit of t exile, climbs the ancient stairyoung particular and room. case haunts one old legend is as The follows Tho of a waa founder the house he was a magistrate, and hard taskmaster. tlian a century More he ego «as the menus the dearh of having consentence imposed upon a young vict, who, vaiuly pleading for mercy, was duly banged under the direction of thc magistrate. Ever since then., at various times ot the year, thc ghost of the young exile ascends the stairs to beg "for mercy in thc magistrate's bedrocm. Although nobody is known to have seen still apparition, the there are plcity ot
" " I : :
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i

I

however, relates to thc faintly muffled drums borne the evening air although and upon of the mystery lia« in tn«. the solution feet that at certain when tba times in the was wind right quarter, tte as drums of the regimental sound CastleWindsor would reach Upper believed reagh, they old hands many drums deathless of some leard the on parade. army The late Dr. Stanich, of Sydney, had: peculiar a experiences used to He Castlenear have a country house night, while sitting in his reagh. One he thought he heard somebody room, growling about outside the house and frighten to thinking the person discharged his gun out of thc window. For two nights the kindly old doctor and at first puzzled, then horriwas fied, constant "drip, at a hearing drip," began to imagine that and he until somebody, he must have shot tilt ot was made that one discovery shots water the had punctured the tank, and thus a tip-top ghost story rdimd
of
;

legend,

!

was

spoilt.

I

I

memowith its time-won ries, One rehas its ghost yarns. lates to a certain military officer much addicted floggings and to hangings, tnd rum. The that ono story goes i!aik night, a while riding hon.- from

Penrith,

gathering, he suddenly snw the body of banging from the mau limb of a tue ; and the sight of 'he to him so frighten*;! beckoning fenn end reformed him that he signed the after. fledge and lived happily ever church, founded one We know of because ind churchyard consecrated the leading layman was haunted by bis wife,** biried was the on who
convivial
r. "
I

estate.

riverfolk The

who writer

believe

in, it.

i

occupied
nware

the
of

room its

one?

without
and he experience,

being
certainly lr

history,

had
waa

a

most unpleasant the not so much

and the Bobbing and sighing noises, sound of a door opening and shutting to -these might easily be attributed natural able,
causes.

It

was

the

inexplic-

mysterious, almost conscious feel in<7 that somebody else was present in It sleep the room. made impossible ¡ and a level-headed person many experience. recount* the same little roadside bridge alongside A is supposed the Hawkesbury atso to bc haunted. A young woman with her 60 the tale goes, bead under her arm, running over the bridge may be seen river. towaTds the Why th« young not woman, an being honest lawyer,] should dispose .of her head, noso there have been' Yet body knows. who believe it to be co. many set-l agricultural Castlereagh, where tlement dates from 1806, has its old stories, in ghost spectral centring 1 ladies. orsemen weeping IU and cidest legend, however, relates to thc
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