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A PINJARRA GHOST.
story of a ghostly figure which The allegedly haunted the old bridge at Pin jarra in the seventies of last century was
the meeting related Mr. Scott's ex periences en route for Champion Bay, via York and the 'gold regions.' The diarist was fond of supernatural happen ings and wrote the account of a haunted room hi a farm-house and ghostly 'cooees' in the bush. He referred, to the extensive scale upon which York had been laid out and prophesied that' if it became ever well populated it would be come the largest place hi Western Aus
Historical Society at the Karra ex katta Club last night. The story was -tralia. Thomas tracted from the journal of Mr. Aus who travelled Scott, in Western tralia between 1874. Relating 1870 and his Scott Mr. experiences, said he had in Pinjarra three been days before he heard of the ghost, though one night he had elderly lady attired hi a passed an the old bridge. He light loose dress on spoke of this casually to his friend, Mr. the told seen was that he had C, and C.'s had apparition of Mr. aunt, who her death under met mysterious circum be stances on the bridge seven years fore. walked the Since had then she bridge for nine nights in each year just after the anniversary of her before and had She death. been recognised by her sisters, her brother C.'s two and by Mr. The uncle. apparition first appeared one the date of her death. Mr year from C.'s uncle saw her and had just finisher! there seen telling what he had when were three knocks door of at the back in the room farm-house. Those the no one rushed to the door, but there was door there. The was hardly closed when were loud knocks heard three more and name the Christian of Mr. C.'s uncle was The repeated several times. party again rushed to the door and they saw the tall, stately figure of a woman clad in a light loose dress similar to that worn by the aunt at the time of her death. When was called name her she disappeared/. Every year since the apparition had ap tralian
Scott, according to the Mr. account was written given in his journal, which in the form of a story, agreed to join watch the bridge. At 12.40 a party and the aon. ghost appeared, walking on the bridge. members Some of the party were stationed at one end of the bridge and some at the other. At a given signal they all rushed to the spot where the ghost and found stood nothing. Concluding his account, Mr. Scott stated that five who senses in then* sane were saw the world hi the nineteenth cen tury laughs at as gross superstition, viz., a ghost or spirit of the departed.' Commenting^on the story, Mr. J. Ham mond, author of 'Winjan's People,' said he went with his parents, to Pinjarra hi 1863 and heard the ghost story. Thirty still told. His years later it was own on sister had one occasion a seen the bridge which figure on she declared to be the ghost. Other extracts from the journal read at the meeting related Mr. Scott's ex
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