The Argus (Melbourne, Vic.

: 1848-1954), Saturday 11 June 1949, page 6

Victoria Has
By

Had

Its

"Ghosts," Too

Time to Time in the Ancient Halls of England, the Latest, According to a "Ghosts" Appear From Recent Cable Message, Being Reported by a Clergyman Who Claimed That It Haunted His 30-room are Recalled in This Article. Rectory in a Small Leicestershire Village. Some Ghost Stories Nearer Home

a

Special Correspondent
horse was by. buried near The horse remains, but a later owner of Coriyule had Miss Drysdalc's grave removed to a neighbouring cemetery. Dr John Dunmore Lang, a mema

PERHAPS
'

in you don't believe ghosts. then, neither does But, the Rev Archibald Hamilton
(a

stead,

and

favourite

Ross,
man, dale, houses.

retired
owns

Presbyterian Coriyule, Victoria's

clergy-

who.
one

of

at Drys"haunted"

Coriyule there is no escaping the "ghost" that plays tinkling, melodic tunes on the old piano, the cheerful ghost, or the mournful one of that moans from room to room At
this

ber New
tic

the Legislative Council of South Wales, noted the domescharacter bf Miss Drysdale's estab.

of

100-year-old

residence.

He said: "I could not help that the very horses and cattle seemed to consider themselves here than elsewhere." at home more thinking
I-k>wcvcr,

lishment.

claims to have laid these ghosts, admits that he escc te them without desert1 cannot ing the house. And he has grown fond of it in his 24 years of so ownership that lie would not dream of leaving. Coriyule has the right atmosphere
for the supernatural,
it

Even

Mr

Ross, who

Coriyule
its

peace- to all wife of one
was one

has not inhabitants.

given The

manager

of the property

scared squally

what

she
in

the homestead night when she heard thought to be a piano
the front room.

right off

tinkling

Then

occupies

a

prominence overlooking Port Phillip Bay, aiid was constructed of basalt, and only the freestone parts are today showing signs of weather-wear.
upon a basement apcrtured for the guns settlers used to beat off attacks bv
natives. A lovely feature
is

It

stands

solidly

fortress-like

of

this

old place strange leaded in diamond The
dale,

the

windows,

shape.

house was built for Miss Dryswho to the gave her name local .township. A remarkable the sister of a treasurer of woman, Edinburgh, she was middle-aged before she migrated from Scotland. .Three years after Coriyule- was built, died. Her body was buried beneath a poplar tree on a hilltop within sight of the home-

a

cheerful tune.

whistle

joined
fled

in the fan-

Miss Drysdale

She the house. incident the house bc well locally known the as 'came Haunted House, and people pleased themselves whether they believed the stories circulating about its ghosts. Mr Ross says he solved the mystery of the tinkling piano one squally This the sound of From
this

tastic

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night the sound of in front music coming from a room of the house, which suffering was the brunt of the storm, attracted him. He crept in and found it only the rain hitting hard was against the unprotected windows and sounding different notes. This
.

night.

.

.

the township. No drover followed the animals; and wonderingly the storekeeper and barman returned to their counters after the passing of the herd. A week later the stampede still needed an
explanation,

stricken, through

adventurous
hills to

and several of the more fanners rode into the

look for the missing drover. They found the bodies of scores of cattle near what had been the

last

The spot. blackened still the drover's fire were undisturbed, but there was sign no of the missing man.
.

camping
of

ashes

his he tapped knuckles against the he knew the secret panes of the piano-playing ghost. The whistling ghost he laid in the

When

drover mob across the same a was by Ile route when the cattle stampeded. that he could hear a large swore mob of ghost cattle and the cracking of stockwhips from the other side hills. of the
It

is

said that later another

taking

Another
were

story has it that
on

some

men

There the wind screeched through a keyhole, surged light well on down a top of the circular hall great which centres Coriyule, to create the cheerful and the unhappy ghosts. This story of the ghosts of Coriconservator}'.

old

camping
with
restless,

the
cattle.
it

hills

for

the
be-

night
came

their

They

was and decided that should go round to the opposite side of the hill to investi-

two

drovers

gate.

yule by no means exhausts Victorian legends of the supernatural. Undoubtedly the most .celebrated is that of the Haunted Hills of Gippsland. HILLS
lie

Some time looking very

later

they caine white-faced and

back,
in
a

off. burn' to move They said only That they had heard cxtraordinarv noises, and wanted to get the cattle

away the white ribbon of road running through them is the original track of the pioneering days. Today it is well bitumened and lined with little white posts, but there was a time when With hides bloodshot and eyes flecked with foam, wild cattle one
. .

as

soon

as

possible. that
a

THE and

south of Yallourn,

Is it

the
to

hills

any wonder became

among drovers place of terror

avoided at' all costs? However, the theory has been advanced that the hills, containing brown coal, were burnt but at some time, and be hollow, thus counting for the uncanny sound herd on a the move.
are now

partially

ac-

.

of

day stampeded
hamlet
of
last

through the

rough

that

was

century.
viciously,

waving

of the middle Moe Their long horns they swept, terror

one strange explained before accepting this idea. in the hills Nowhere will sec a single beast grazing. you

However,
to

tlicre

is

still

fact

be

a

there is the weird story of Then is It the trotting cob. said that sheep put into a paddock on a big estate
near never

Bourke,
rest

in

New

South 1929, the story was recalled ot a ghost on trotting coh. a Charlie and the other drivers who had taken coaches on the Hay-Denili we'll. quin route knew the ghost They said the headless horseman used to
in

Wales,

at

headless

circle
was

around the Black Swamp, windi
one

stage of the journey none of the drivers would make alone. motorists Few driving along the

Melbourne and
active

road,

Yarraville,

between Spotswood know about a ven*
that frequented
the

"ghost"

a

Even* half-hour they rise and make lane through their midst, while the muster dogs shrink away. Down the lane, the legend goes, a ghostly horseman canters as if attempting to the sheep. move Stockmen have said that this has been repeated a dozen

spot where the' Stony Creek crosses the road. Because of lum, drivers of horse-drawn vehicles and horseback
riders

in

get away
fall.

the from

past

usually

tried

to

this spot before night-

timesv a night, until now they are unwilling to spend a night in that paddock, and it has been deserted for
years. many Rosedale has the story of a rattly four-wheel cart drawn by two lathered horses, a sobbing and an old man,

MANY
only
join

YEARS road
to

AGO

this

was

the

Melbourne
side was

from dense

Williamstown. On each

bush. 1'wo sailors walking from Melbourne to Williamstown one night to
creek their ship went off the road at the into a gully. One cut his

bridge.
once a

Old
year
man

identities horses,

assert
cart,

that

sobbing
across

the and disappear when halfway the bridge into floodwaters be-

mate's throat and stole his money. For a long time afterwards the unfortunate man's ghost was reported to have been seen standing out on the road holding its throat and with blood streaming through its fingers. And every horse that passed after dark became hard to manage. To the best of this writer's knowledge the since the ghost has not been seen advent of the motorcar, but, then, perhaps the horseless waggon has him
bluffed.

neath.

of Cobb and Co's earliest coach drivers, Charlie Lee, died at the age of 87 years in Deniliquin When
one

Kew
to

provides the nearest approach traditional English the ghost

story.

From an upstairs window of an old house in Barker's rd, the half-dressed figure of a boy was said to leap

about

midnight

on

a

certain

night

of every year, -and then, caught round his head by a tangled sheet, he is to have hung suspended a few from the ground. The story is said to have had its origin in an between a angry scene father and 'his son, when the boy Ile tried in his room. locked was feet to said

escape by
was

sliding

down
the

a

sheet,

and
more

accidentally

hanged.

Kor
wa«

than house years untenanted. Victoria has its ghost stones Yes. of less than the ancient halls no Merrie England. And they arc none the less "creepy" for their background of eucalypt and billabong.

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