Queanbeyan Age (NSW : 1867 - 1904), Thursday 8 July 1869, page 1

enough shock

GHOST

GLEN.
sensitive
colonial

E omn. tho Autratlaaian.J the place that used:to lie GnosT GLEN-or eleven miles about called by that namoe-lies
south
a

society

of

those
gave

1

which instance, the murder of legend Ghost Glen, was,

For days. birth to the
and per

p

in

plot

petration,

of emigrant-a

a

most

satanic
new

character.

A in
factof

of Kiama,
of

in

New

South

Wales. From:
it is

young
stayed
.1 I

chum,
small

matter-of-fact

point

of view

simply

a

a

night

at

the

settlement

land heavily timbered, dipping into the sea; from the Illawarra mountains of a but, taking for truth the statements more. legend, it is something local poetical old Irish farmers re According to certain at distance from the spot, a respectful siding it has been the nightly haunt of two spectrefor the last forty years. To quote sawyers thatthe inhabitants allege some verses,
great

scoop

I

1
1

Over

a never of

pitfall a

the

moon-dew adows

is

thawing,
stand sawing.
,

at station his way to Berry's Kiama on some He had Shoalhaven. 'money about display. a too frequent he made him of which excited Most likely he was by drink-a sup that is strengthened position by the story host sold A his Kiama that grog on the sly. accompanied him. great brindled sheep-dog with the brand of the men-characters Two at his spirits on faces-drank their ,uffian in with him conversation plied expense;

C
N

And,
The

with wraiths

body, tywo
and

which

the
started

word

mate with

was

prominent;

and

Who
And

did

a

two sawyers foul murder

and ep under under) blackened with were
.

finally
guide

thunder.
whenever a

storm-wind'

comes

driven .

The
and

away to his destination unfortunate traveller him

him
never

ostensibly

to
out.

by
who

a

short

turned
were

driving,..
Through
saw

again.
to be camp hood
was of

His
sawyers

companions,
of

up known
whose

the blood-spattered
striving see the
the
soa-croek saw

timber

you

may, soo the
falling;

supposed

You

heaving,
Whenever
is

may

heaving,
chafing
amount

and

and
!

Kiama,

the worst class, and to be in the neighbour disappeared suddenly

from

and

grieving

In prose, this would a visit tion that by stormy
exercise

weather

is
a

not

to an asser night in to the glen the sort of exactly
nerves.

t

to steady
of

man's

The
are

other
spirit

to clue to point the district. They left no it appear that nor does their whereabouts, months But some traced out. ever they were of Berry's as one after their hasty departure in the bush, near servants lost his way signed the present the time
glen ment
close site

features
of
a changed

the

spectral and a

picture

sheepdog, fire

burnt

the human

of

Gerringong,
nights

and an

during
isolated his state
origin

body

camped

for two
a
sea-creek.

by

As the Fisher's
side and
as

legend
ghost,
amongst

topic it

of an adder. into the colour of Ghost Glen, like that of fire used to be a popular the old hand'of Australia,

to
what

in From
saw

of

he heard
man
and

and

there

ated the legend
sketch. A" little steel
were

forming
was

The
the

the subject lost for several
and a

of

this

days.
flint
and

to England, the pre assumes that it will interest the sent writer readers of the Australasian. As far back as the year 1820, the Illawarra

hds

travelled

tobacco,

only

a pipe, he things

had

about

him.

Consequently,
was

bush,

especially'that

portion northern
was

from Dapto Shoalhaven
curitters,

to the
use

district,

of extending of the boundaries frequented by cedar

it

the common term, sawyers. At true were these the men civilisation. European pioneers of Long grazier had set foot in before the farmer or prior to the of those wilds-years novelty tent of and fencing in-the off clearing to the local was object a familiar the sawyer blacks. With but few exceptions, the earlier
cedar-cutters were and
employed convicts out

or, to time that

n

up-he picked he was when fifth day-he found or on the fourth of hunger delirium The half-starved. was have been the cause the apparition of may the on visited he he swore was by which in the second, of his stay third nights and buiish. that the The startling fact, however, subse burnt 'bones of a human being were described quently found in the glen by him elevated the and to his story, gave weight Of tradition. whole thing into a popular writer the present course, to imply that there

does

not

pretend

5

on

ticket
0

of-leave,' lators and
some

by
be
civilisation present

timber-specu-

feature in the case. servant and

was any supernatural tale circulated by The
the discovery
a mere

of the

others.
the

It may
word

guessed

from the
requires

bones may
1
a
?Berry's

have formed

coincidence

foregoing that
qualification of

in the instance. ruffians the blackest-dyed of. their the in the ranks of time were to be found and If rocks trees could Illawarra sawyers. been able to have have spoken, they might

Many

in the marvellous -one certainly equalled direction by others occurring elsewhere, and better. proofs of their accidental Tfurnishing Or it may have happened that, hharacter.
.

t

a

tell tales

O'er-topping the very front of crime the few cases of supernatural independent to shock diabolical enough
But

and head
that
even
came

of

horror. to light
were
over

t

agency the not days.

For

during his temporary insanity, the man came across the human remains. Admitting this to be the true side of the case, the horrible An visions of the glen are easily explained. drew the abnormally excited imagination picture (ghosts and all) from the bare sug afforded gestions by a mouldering shelton. But be'that as it may, the servant's story

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But be'that as it may, has become part and
literature
of

the servant's story parcel of the ghost or What he saw, Australia.

.by

'

middle of the next day.

The
a

travellei took
quarters

not
c

rather what he professed to have seen, may be described in a very few sentences. The first night of the visions set in rainy. the blowing, and 'A cold sea-wind was had to make wanderer a sourley to ensure it. of his some protection from By means flint steel he got up a fire, but of course and he was A quid of tobacco, how eevr, served to allay the pains of hunger; in time to get the poor fellow managed and to:sleep. long that slumber lasted he Perhaps a couple of hours could never tell. -perhaps longer. by He was awakened sounds like distant gratings ofa cross
supperless.
'faint
How

keep; Weariness lairge'hollow log. cola soon blunted' the impressions
in
a

being

able

to

up

fire,

and

a

previous slumber.
:

night,'

and
'

the

result

-was

the a soiind
of

d
a

The
was

first apparition
fits a were
terrifid'

came

this time

in

one

of the loudest
aroused

of the gale.

The
of

sleeper
thunder.

.by
eyes

clap
met

the appear ance blood-dabbled face staring of a gashed at him through the further cavity of the log. fifty feet from of About his fire the remains a there was kind of black heap, over which of The voices a 'dog was apparently lying. of men in full work the loud noise and a saw were heard in the first pause the wind. of on part of A slight the the spec movement tator caused face, dog, and heap to disap-" opening
.

His

by

t

f

pear.
that

..But

'out
thie

saw.:

"At
that

oment

he
of an

was

tapped
lie
saw

on
'a

i

tinued..
got

the Almost

sawing
crazed

and with

talking

con

shoulder';-Looking
part
close

round,
arm neck.

,t

up
a

and

bloo~dyihand'=and
the through hle. turned The grating
grass,

greeted a
of

to his
ceased

thrust up When
-

by

pitiless

terror, the man went into the rain. out He; was the pelting laugh a demoniac and supernatural shower. the But
ceased.

P
a
1

a
i

the
noise

sounds

apparition
at

disappeared.
the
same

immediately
last
apparition

time.. Trembling with fright, cold and The he got up and replenished his fire. light and of warmth the latter were hardly
to restore his nerves to their ni ]But after normal condition. he ina while to the belief that he had had a vivid and towards he went nightmare, off morning *to A cry-a distant cry from sleep again. some human being in agony-startled him out of a dream. confused The grating of the saw this time was but the renewed,
clined

r

a
t
t

sufficient

p
[f

a
o
n o

him found lying in a vague a sleep and state, half-way between fear-stricken A watchfulness. gurgling man a in intense agony, the voice of voice, tell the God's to him, "for said sake, A this! " of Sydney people doubled-up body, a mashed body, lay at the moaning of but the log; a great-limbed opening battered wasted licked the dead sheepdog appeared there face; distinct in the darkness Two a all. sawpit-logs, cross-pieces, and The
sawyers-huge
rough-bearded men-were

ih

a

a

direction. He saw-just for a second only-the faint blurred figures of two men. The feet of one over head of the the wore The other. seemed lower to be shape The pit. other was standing in a shallow evidently supported few foot from the ing, but the saw
spectator

sodunds hundred dicated

appeared yards

to
off.

come

from

a

spot

not

a

He

looked in the in-

a
r,

I
n
'

a

by
ground. was

a

platform

raised were
saw-

a

They
shook

h d
e

sprang
of

invisible. to his feet,

The
and

terrified

himself
looked

u
ti

to be
again.

assured

his wakefulness,

sides the for the

be-, was to be seen nothing outlines of the forest. Sleep rst.ee of out the was the of He~sat in his wwurley and waited question. for the morning.

There
vague

J
r
.a

.night

To the light. ghastly remains the pit right of lay the smouldering mingled of camp-fire. a Diabolical curses, to come with from seemed shrieks, every terrified of compass. The the quarter of motionless. In one traveller remained man a he heard of the breaks the storm " take but the money-take everything, say, savage broken A was let me reply The thunder. short burst of by a sudden Then in the darkness. howled dog piteously "let's voice shouted coarse out, a cursing on the fire, and cut the pitch the fol silence was of throat." A second cur's a vivid yell and flash of lowed a piercing by working in
a

ring

of

1

go."

I h
i

lightning.
peared
not as

The
if

pit

and

its

occupants and noises

disap

by
seen. of

magic.

Dog
only
gale.

body

were

fine, and The day broke continued so, but the wanderer was to leave the too weak however, to crawl about glen.. He managed, half a mile in the direction the sea. of campinghe :made of another Here choice He to kill an was lucky enough place. dewas soon roasted and iguana, which As night.drew voured.. thunderonaheavy gathered from It was storm the west... up lasted into, the which followed a agale,
.by

to

be
a

The
the

abroad

were

those

r Y q b
t
1i

daybreak opening

dead, waxy
the

log. The first whispered faintly. distinct, but the listener caught
of

just But face appeared The. lips moved
words

before
at

the
and

were

inof

t

the
:-"

most

the rest. They best, but Louey have slaughtered
cursed sawpit.

were
will poor never

these

I
it.

did my

old

|

t
'

Write
moved

to his

know They That Nep, too. Sydney, Louey."
arm,
and

travellei

The

traveller

the ap

The
parition alleged

traveller
vanished. supernatural

moved

his This from

arm,
was

and

the last
station

the ap of the
fell in

Mo

Anally's direction of
expected

mate

cast

a

the door.

furtive glance He appeared

as

in the if he

appearances.

somebody. essayed

Mc Anally,
to engage

growing
conversa

A
with

search-party the lost
of

Berry's
on

uneasy,
tion. Jem?"
reminds

him
a ghost
silent.

in

servant

the

fourth
was

or

fifth
much

"Fine
:Jem

night
remained

for

story,

day

his

wanderings.

He

exhausted,

Nothing

sane. but he appeared indicative of delirium could be dis Want in his conversation covered or manner. shelter had made him weak and of food and nervous, but no other effects were evident. His history was told in a clear, consecutive and all his later versions of it agreed way, The present writer in detail with the first. out its subsequent popu larity with a certain class of people living in They assert that the locality of the glen. witnessed by Berry's ser the awfulspectacle is to be seeoon at intervals during every vant They niglit. swear that the grating stormy is often distinctly hoard saw of the spectral

very to be

has already pointed

by the neighbouring
be
confessed

farmers.

But

it

must

that the foregoing assertions to the old Irish inhabitants of are confined No doubt they have imported the district. which that spirit of superstition them with is peculiar to the Celt. Half the ghost the early tradi with stories amalgamated be traced to one might tions of the colonies
common
cause.

As
show San veller
old

to hereinbefore stated, there is nothing tra of the Kiama that the murderers traced. But Pat M?o Anally, ever were who lived at Bulli,
shingle-splittor,

me," continued Pat, "of Gerringong." at sawpit the, haunted round if companion as His turned sharply and he had been bitten by something, faced " ? " asked him. What's Pat. mate up, about ere "You that hold your. Ger gab d'ye hear ? Pity we hadn't ringong affairthere." mean?" "What do ye in you some time For quired EMo Anally, rising. were both men silent---Pat-coming finally to had been drink that his mate the conclusion " Jom," ing. he said, "sorry that I gotmy shirt: look you up; whitish, perhaps, is. with there the liver." something wrong The'apology was interrupted by a deafening Black Jom stepped clap of thunder.. sharply the room, The to himself. across muttering doorflewr the wind in with rushed open, and a the like' the howilof dog. a yell "Ourse money,'f"shouted Hicks. "Curse the dog. peace get Will a fellow never ? Hold your infernal gab, anent that Gerringong a-goin' business. You're-not to pump cried black-facedl hound," Pat, "Why, you from his bunk, "'you one of are starting about
,-mate,
.as

eh, "Thid that yarn

me."

them,
hut
out of

are

you?,.
-

You,
Hicks
at

shall

not

leave
up
and never a

this
of

unbound!

"-

picked

junk
rushed

firewood, flung it
a gain.

near what

Wollongong,
startling

used
its

to tell a story some character.

Me

into the darkness.

Anally, He was

heard

in

years ago he had

a mate

Thirty who went'by the

m
,nariiof

Hicks.

Jom

was

a

"lifer"

oe

of

-with'

to Mo Anally's was in the best of his moods statem~nts,'lie ruffian.: Black Jem was favourite no a:surly the settlers; but being a good hand, he was of tolerated for the sake So his skill. in time he went into a rough form of part took his Mo Anally, and norship with up were abode in the latter's hut. These men in the habit of sleeping in different berths in the one habitual room. taci Jem, whose to arise from a morose dis turnity appeared
class.

tlihe

"Worst

Accdrding

companion was hardly a suitable position, for his lively Irish partner. But they man till a " hit it ".together night aged'to certain in. of One of the tempestuous weather set came wildest known in Illawarra gales ever this time. could never on. at Jem, who

peculiarly a weary look-the look of wind hunted. The one bitterly through the slabs moaned of the hut. Thunder-cloud after fleeted thunder-cloud across sky. the and then Every now a furtive glance in the Mo Anally's mate cast
?tormy

sloop

well

iif

periods,

was

restless

now.

His

face

assumed

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