Sunday Mail (Brisbane) (Qld.

: 1926 - 1954), Sunday 23 February 1941, page 5
flobey lay uncon he his regained had risen. Strug in a ?:mr sitting position he saw a i)ii:'-: nn the top figure leaning on i-i watching him. with his the scalp twitching i/.i.-.hman back into edged the
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In the gate swung open. flash Daniel cold sober, became with hair his head on ting every ling and tense. nerve every

taneously

a

nadows and stared with horror at the gate. As the moon rose higher he saw clearly. more the Suddenly fipure rose and floated towards it jhim. He that saw dis was fiibodied. There just a. ghastly was V-a.-i arms .ind slowly in
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waving

rJARS
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ago the main gates of the famous old Goomburra sta
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and edged his way founded Patrick back the along the track towards he saw that the gate. With horror Leslie, in a his closed as again, and gate had that went up and down it the horse approached animal was cir shivering with dread. the countryside, of courage Calling all his reserves and credence until cumstance to his aid the frightened bushman of dismounted and but that's another walked his shrink ing horse the last 20 yards. Pushing the story. the gate he leapt into the open is for away indebted saddle and the horse bounded at full gallop for home. As he went turned

tion

the

Darling He
ghost

for a he had no time However, few seconds to think about appari tions or gates which of swung open their accord. For own his horse Glen had bolted back the along half Daniel and was gallan track saddle. of the out Only superb back into horsemanship got him and him the saddle to permitted regain control of his mount.
it

in'li

Ui'.nnlight. i. ...d the
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gate

creak

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pushed
lectre man.

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and open invisible
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who suddenly and fainted im not wise for men to laugh up
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laughter. Gate wiis a great

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habitual

legend

gaining

part

the top the gate. The that so gate was a sprung It would latch was unnecessary. the slightest at open touch, but would aiways close again instantly.
This was between considered
a

bar of finely

Glengallan

safe and

barrier

Goom

Queensland
old-time to Mr.
it

this

story
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of the corner of flut something tering in and the trees out among of Tale,' tHe* pen-name under to close lonely which stood the in be read gate. Corbie Dhu. It may of temperance The received cause the Oxley Library. sinner Until he left to its fold. a he because found the a One ago the station, years evening manv intolerable, ridicule mates of his little named Daniel rouseabout drank ride Hartigan nothing to stronger left Goomburra Hartigan A the 12 odd miles to Glengallan. than tea, we are told! the end was by no means of disquiet alwaysThat certain amount of the Ghost Gates. at Goomburra hands the other upon descended the rouse Opinions of Glen departed off went to when Daniel about underwent a sudden change He would return gallan. roaring when other riders night reported drunk and challenge any or all of and the seen a something him. a the men to So after having

nerves

Bert

Munro

who

told

in

Sims, out Hartigan saw his 'Forgotten eye the shadowy

because the of presence burra, riders reduced the chance boundary drifting from run of stock to one if the other, even a strong wind blew the gate open. a nocturnal When horseman the owl flew away, and approached the slight push he gave to the top rail in doing so caused the gate to

swing

open! BIRD of the
a

another mine A

sort the

A
old miners
more a

was

star

performer
on

in

haunted
field.

Gympie
had claim

party of
once

decided
on

to test

fight

as gate swinging open ap they all kitchen in hands the yarn to To add the hairrais proached. In and turned barricaded the doors it for Daniel open ing experience, the gate would windows, and leaving breath on not of a to occasions when to fight' himself or talk himself wind stirred the leaves of the he shed whensoever sleep In a all It was ghostly trees nearby. should happen along. the nocturnal very mystifying, and the after Shortly riders found midnight other of return ways In the home of hooves drumming to Goomburra ing by the except that someone announced paddock main gate. if the rode devil was as coming Not a soul on the Downs but believed the hut tliat Peering from behind him. Goomburra haunted gate was Daniel the men saw that it was when the story about that the got Hartigan. Johnny Boake. the only Reverend Davidson Henry had when to face man Hartigan the gate swing wide seen game and open to indistinct latter was the out an drunk, went form flitting through dis clearly see the trees. him, for he was the Afterwards clergy tressed. denied man this supernatural ex perience, only complicated but he that he He explained to Boake who matters, for a man with rode had seen something at the boundary on him the night in question re left him a shivering gate that had !,?? peated that they had both seen that wreck. Thinking Hartigan's and the gate open hi*. ghost go had at length failed under mind ing away! much bluestone the strain of too to Boake Johnny got him rum, came the p-p- :-::-.?.: bed. P. Next was of Hartigan William « morning y brooding and silent. A day or two jo-.-.-iiiMirra. fencer on later he that explained to Boake after in .t'-.u;r drinking a prodigious quan Jogging quietly the he set off for tity of colonial rum twilight he h.'.ii :.imost reached home. His mount carried him, to the w'i.v « gate, .-ihadnwy some Jinm itwlf thing determ--; Ihe top the accompaniment war of many rail and rt,.oi( -ncnvi'. Thor him. like songs, the to boundary gate oughly .-ta--:li(: hi.-, horse reared which stood Goomburra between r-.ii frantic!;:)\vn bolted. Des and Glengallan. ii;:i. pite ins hfi?.eir:anship Robey Daniel dis to was endeavouring »v ihrii iu-H-!lv n-hen his horse when the some mount
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line the Glanmire of reef, which abandoned had been were before. some years They two or nearly all Irishmen and one superstition. to of them were given working on the old face They were from down when the first morning into ahead, out the darkness of candles which light the of their a voice scarcely filtered, they heard call: 'Who are are you? Who you?' diabolical a accompanied by With accord one they chuckling. their drills and fled. dropped fast as as they scrambled They could the ladder to the surface. up to induce them de would Nothing it again. The scend story became known in and generally Gympie, the concerned sub miners were ceaseless to such chaffing jected of the least super that one two or determined stitious to brave the ghost, and, if possible, lay it.

equipped
men

THEN

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shadowy

simul and thing pushed past him In taneously the gate swung open.

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uinn

flobey lay

uncon

armed and with candles three many down the shaft and walked Suddenly along the face. the voice called 'Who you!' are the sounded chuckling unearthly and fluttered in the something of the faces miners. The three back into the shaft, and stampeded chucklingthe went flapping and with them. that It was then they discovered a that the ghost was pet magpie which had wandered into the dis nest used and made a workings there! The Oxley district had a short a one. In Oxley ghost and merry

Most

elaborately

went

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a one. and In Oxley merry in the sixties there was back of few acres cemetery. the A was Francis property consequently as used the burial consecrated and ground for the district. In his book. 'Then Alexander and Now,' tells Francis this tale. cow The bails calf and adjoined the pens fence. One cemetery night several swore they had seen a ghost persons the cemetery. near careering round A tr the Francis staying with fair:--. le white back to the house

ghost

away
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walk for a before When passing the the he uoic.-.lnB ki. cemetery ;-.'i:iud w:i: white a to see Rhest fivir the about paddock madly and ]fa: logs r before stumps for the cemetery. m beeline ;?.*».*. a wi'-.-e it disappeared.
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like the certainly sounded That a behaviour of a ghost, and very robust And in the right setting one. a The of a too growth cemetery. for was Oxley legendary ghost Francis ended Dick when casually that mentioned that on particular he to bed gone night after he had had that he remembered suddenly calves tethered left one of the to unless He knew that he a stump. be no would took the calf in there in the morning. milk from the cow a As out in consequence he went his calico nightshirt. Calves are As soon unmanageable. notoriously from the he untied the rope as set off bucking stump the animal the night and bounding, dragging logs and shirted figure over stumpy to its pen, until it reached the path it rushed. which up essentially Ghosts things of are the past. contrivances and Modern to not seem mechanics do provide media for apparitions. the correct for instance, a to imagine, Try or the ghost of a haunted aeronlane at the road contractor aBDearine steam hour driving a midnight roller. and four, the But the coach waegon. the Queens buccrv and them. land's on ghosts iust doted Brisbane Mt. Perry. Wide Bay, and ago Rockhamplon many years of 'scares' produced quite a number vehicles In which and horses exploded! figured. But alas, all were

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