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but later
of remains

a

owter

Queer Ghost

Stories

Coriyule
removed

had fo

Miss
a

Drysdale's neighbouring cemetery. Diinmore Dr. John Lang,
the
of

a

member
New

Mysterious Occurrences
HUMOR
England
has

of

Legislative Miss
'I

Council

of

South Wales, noted

the
not and

domestic

char

AND
not
a

TRAGEDY
.monopoly
has of

acter

Drysdale's could
horses

establishment.

He
that to here

said:
the

help thinking
cattle
more

ghost
(writes
in Rev. tired
owns

stories.
a

Australia

several
corres

very consider themselves than has

seemed at home

Melbourne

'Argus''
uot

elsewhere/'
not

However,'
to
one

Cori
its in

pondent).
ghosts.

Perhaps you do But, then, neither
Hamilton

believe does
a

yule
of

given
was'

peace of

all

the
re

habitants. the

The

wife

manager

Archibald Coriyule,

Ross,
one

Presbyterian
at

clergyman,

who
«-f

Drysdale,
houses.'
is
no

right -lc the homestead one squally night when she heard what she thought to be a property^
Beared

Victoria's At

'haunted there

piano tinkling
a

in the

front

room.

Then fan
house. became

Coriyule
that the the
on or room

escaping
the

tho

cheerful
tune. From

whistle She

joined
fled

in

the

tastic
.

'?ghost'' tunes

plays tinkling,
old

melodic cheerful

from
the the

the

this incident
known

house

piano,
one

well that
this
nioaas

locally

as

'Haunted

ghost,
from

mournful
to room

of

100year
'

House,'
whether culating
says

and

old mits
out grown years dream

residence.
to

Even laid

Mr. these escape

Ross, ghosts,
them And he

who al

people^ pleased themselves they believed the stories cir
about its

ghosts.
the

Mr.

Ross
of

claims

have he
fond

that' he
the

solved
one

that
so

cauaot the of

with
has

tinkling

piano
sound
in

deserting
of of

house.
it

night
his he

of

the mystery T^liis squally night. music coming 'from the, house, of in the and which

in that

twenty-four
would
nar

the
was

room

front the He
me

of

ownership
leaving.

suffering attracted* him.
il was

brunt

crept
rain

storm, fouad
iiaru

Coriyule lias the right atmosphere a for the supernatural. It occupies 'Port Phillip overlooking prominence basalt. of constructed was Bay, and the' freestone to-day parts aJ'e Only r.t signs of weather-wear. showing
stands
tlers

uuij

iiiiiuig

against

the

unprotected
notes. his

windows

and

sounding he When
the panes

different

tapped
he knew

knuckles
secret

against
of the

the

solidly
used
to

noon

a

fortress-Hko
the guns set the this

piano-playing ghost. ghost he laid in the
There the wind

The old

whistling

conservatory.

basement,
natives.

apertured
ljeat A

foy

oft

attacks feature the

by
of

lovely
is

a through a on light well keyhole, surged down hall which top of the great circular

screeched

strange place leaded in diamond shape.* The housawas dale, who gave
built her
name

old

windows,

centres

Coriyule,

to ereate

the

cheerful

aod

for Miss
to the

unhappy
no

ghosts.

Drys
local
the

This

by
ends

story oVthe ghosts of Coriyule 'exhausts Victorian means leg
the most

township.
sister
was

A
a

remarkable

woman,

of the

supernatural; celebrated

Undoubt is that

of

treasurer

of Edinburgh,
she

she after died.

edly
The
the

of the

middle-aged
Scotland.
was

before

migrated

Haunted

from

Three Miss buried

years

of Gippsland. hills lie *outh of Yallourn, and
ribbo»of

Hills

Coriyule Her body
tree
on

built,

Drysdale
a

white them

was

beneath

poplar
of the
was

road^
it

running
track
..f

through

is tlie original

a

hilltop within and
a

sight
horse

homestead buried

favourite

horse

nearby.

The

remains,

the pioneering days. is well Today bitumened and lined with little white when posts, but there was' a time
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posts, but With with
was

there wild

was'

a

time

when

?

you

see

a

eyes

bloodshot
the

and

hides
one

flecked stam

grazing. Then
into

foam, peded through
Moe
swept

cattle

day

there

is the

weh-d

story of the put
near never

rough hamlet thit of the middle of last century. horns
terror

trotting cob.
a

It is said
on
a

that sheep

paddock
in New

Their

long

waving
stricken

viciously, through
the

Rourke,
rest at

big estate South Wales,

they

night.

township. A
No drover
returned

Strange Horseman* Missing Drover
followed
the?

the

animals
and

and
bar

wonderingly
man

storekeeper
their

a Everyhalf-hour they rise and make lane through their midst while the muster Down the dogs slink away.
-

to of the

counters A

after
later

the the

passing
stampede

herd. needed
more

week
an

lane,

the

legend
canters
as

goes,
if

still

explan
hills to

horseman
move

ghostly attempting to
a

ation, and
turous

several the bodies
had

of Into

the. adven
the

the

sheep.
has been

Stockmen

have

said

farmers for the
what

rode
of been blackened
were no

that times

this
at to

look found
near

missing drover.
scores

They
caWe

night, until

of
last of

willing dock,
many

spend
it

a

repeated a dozen now un they are night in that pad
been

the

camping
the

and
years.

has

deserted

for

spot. drover's but
man.

The Sre
was

ashes
of

still

there

sign
later
across

undisturbed, the missing,
drover

Rosedale fouivwheel
ered

has

tire

story
man,

of

a

rattling
lath
an

cart,
a

drawn

by
assert and

two

horses,
Old

sobbing

and that

old
-once

It
was

is said

that
a

another

bridge.
a

identities

by the same route when the cattle stampeded. He that he could hear a large mob swore of of the ghost cattle and cracking the other side of the stockwhips from taking
hills.
men

mob

year

the

horses,
when
.

cart,
half

sobbing
the beneath.

disappear bridge into- the
man

across

flood waters

When

one

of Oobb

and

Co.'s earliest

Another
were

story
on

has the

it

that

some

camping their
it go

hills

for

the

coach drivers, Charlie Lee died at tlS? age of eighty-seven years in DeiUliquin
in

1929, and

the

night
drovers

with and

cattle.
was

They
to the

became that
two

story
a

was

recalled

of

i

headless lie

i*estless,

decided

ghost on the other coaches

trotting cob. wh6 drivers

Char
had

should time

round

opposite

side of the hill to investigate. later they came back, faced white and a in looking very off. hurry to move They said only that they had heard extraordinary noises, and wanted to get the cattle away
drovers terror ever,
as soon as

taken route the
around
one

Some

knew headless
the

the Hay-Deniliquiii on .the ghost well. They said
horseman Black the used
to

circle
was
j

stage of drivers would Few
and

Swamp, journey
alone.

which
none

of

the
:

make

possible.
that among
a

motorists
roa-d,

driving
between
about know

Is At

any the
-to be

wonder hills

Melbourne
the jf tive where

tbo along Spotswood
a

became
at

Yarraville,

place How

avoided

ali costs?

'ghost'
the

that

frequented
Creek

very the

ac

spot
the

the the
burnt
now

that
were
are

been advanced theory has hills containing brown coal, out
.

Stony
of

crosses

road. Because drawn
in the vehicles

him,
and

drivers horseback

of horse riders away

at

the

same

time,

and
ac

partially the
move.

hollow,

thus
of

from
a

counting
herd
is stiJl on one

for

uncanny

sound
to be

past usually tried to get this spot before nightfall.
Man's

the

However,
fact idea.
see
a

there
-'?0-u.y

Throat
«.l£^U
LU13

Cut
« ilLilt;

strange
will you

explained
Nowhere

£*=*IL&-

V'lll.-

l»efore in the

accepting
hills

this

road

to

Melbourne side
was

from
dense

Williamstown.
bush. Tw«»

single beast

On

each

sailors

walking
one

from

Melbourne
to

in

Williamstown

night
road One

rejoin their
the his creel:

ship
into throat For
have road

went
a

off

the

at cut

gully.
and
a

mate's

stole

his money. afterwards
was

long
man's

time

the

un
t--

fortunate
been

ghost

reported

the seen standing out on with the blood holding his throat And streaming through its fingers. horse that passed after dark be every
came

hard

to

manage.

To

the the the

best

of has

this
not

writer's
been motor

knowledge
seen

ghost
advent

since

of

the

car, waggons

but,

then,
him of

perhaps
bluffed.
pro the From

the horseless The vides

had

Melbourne the
nearest

suburb

Kew

traditional
an

to approach English ghost story. of
an

in

upstairs window Bajrker's road,
a on

old

house
about every head

the
said

half-dressed
to

figure of

boy
a

was

leap
of his
to

midnight
year, and

certain

night
round
is

then, caught

by

tangled sheet, he been suspended a few ground.
a

said

feet

from

have the]

.

The origin father locked

story
in and
an

is

said

to
scene

have

had

its

angry

between

a!
; '

his son, in his room.
a

when

He

the boy was tried to escape
was ac more

by

sliding down
the

sheet, and
For house
was

cidentally twenty-years

hanged.

than

untenantid.

j

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