The Australian Women's Weekly , Saturday 19 August 1939, page 14

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FRIENDLY GHOST at YARRALUMLA
By MICHAEL SHERIDAN
Canberra, l>ome ol during their stay In further of an old English
the

Duke and Duchess Australia, may remiad them has manor house, someone

SO

that the

stately,

lovely Yarralumla,
of Kent
still

resurrected

story of the ancient
story. abor-

ghost
,,

said

to visit fchè: homestead. shadow
is

"The black

of Yarralumla

is an

The wanderer popularly supposed He's a igine searching for a l03t diamond. the house, but knows never his place, entering the lawns harmless about at Yarralumla,
eííácing.' He has from

to be

an

ghost who wandering
and self

been
when

seen Monaro

dreary nights
from

the breezes

cold, on the dining-room Canberra on whistle down

snowbound In
summer

ranges.

elm an he has been seen digging under is said to be hidden of great value a diamond tree where and for which he is ever searching. Since be
a

the

ghost of Yarralumla

is

black,

can

it

really

ghost?
Tradition

to and

descend
scare

ghosts in shadowy wraps with eldritch noises to the
lives out of the guests.

white

raiment
halls

banqueting

the the

Yarralumla ghost, on the other hand, is in sable color. His ghostly "walka perfect gentleman abouts" outside the house, and he seldom are always made eathusi to the most even appears, Jacky,
astic

ghost-stalker.
it

Although
ture
such his to have the

would
a

bo

a

nice

ges-

native

harmless, almost
as

ghost of a benevolent aspect
of

shadow
Ss ai;

"presence"

authenticated
Monaro

Yarralumla, nearly so well other ghosts in the
not

district.

This early settled part of Australia to have kept to the English" tradit^S^f granges and manor
appears

houses?^** Riderless horse

SQUATTERS
them hawthorn

built

places to remind
with

of their English homes, the hedges around
it was

docks, and

only natural

padthey

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had up The

to have the "old most
I came

a

ghost

or

two these
an

to keep

squire"
famous
across

tradition. of in the old

stories nal. of and The father burn would The

ghost jourHorse

It concerned

Black

Sutton.
seen family ghost was by one befell their disaster only when

house. first occasion of the house
a was

when

the

to complete

to Goulwent land deal which

in full possession place him of further broad acres. natural, celebrated the He, as was on and his occasion, mounting mettlesome
it

horse
some

was

thrown from

from his

and It

killed

distance
summer

home.
was a

mild wife the

night, and
children when of
were veran-

the dah heard

man's
on

and

seated of

broad-flagged
homestead drum

the the

they

galloping in the dust of the home hoofs road, of a then the sound gate being opened, the wheeling of a horse as man a had to close turned though

soft

YARRALUMLA,
of Kent,
is

Canberra
like
a

home English

of the
manor

Duke

and

Duchess

lovely

house-complete

with
ene

ghost.
as it

gaie,
.

ene
.
.

shut

fast loping hoofs
The to
its It woman

souna clanging then the sound

of gal-

volcóme hoofs crossed

riderless

again. stood at the verandah but a the homecomer, into came view, horse

drumming
the lawn

on

the moved the

drive. at
a

and

house WT. The sound was muffled, only to be taken up again at the back of the house.

breakneck

speed towards

The

RIDERLESS silently into

HORSE

had house at

passed
and the

through
the

the

disappeared
back.
woman

ranges

The and
a

then trick of

it in the dusk watched shook herself free of a

gripping
failing not search dead-his

fear. her she made horse that

It was, When her and when the

she

thought,
in the did A found

imagination
became

light.

husband alarmed. he
was

return
was

grazing nearby.
disaster riderless
came

lt is said to
ivas

that
seen

family

horse
mes-

senger The woman's

galloping of death.
horse eldest
was son
.

swiftly-a
seen was
. .

when also killed been

the killed the

by
the

a

fractious

horse
son

again when
at

youngest Boer War.
The ished house and where
more.

was

has

long

demolthe horse

sheep

country
comes no

across graze the riderless

Martinet ^NOTHER
in had the He to the

major
mentioned
a

ghost story
early
a

days
certain

concerned

military
taken

man,

major

who in

up district.
was
a

large tracts
bachelor
a

of land returned ago,

and

England nearly
ne

century

but

Deiore

did

so

ating story behind

left the most him.

fascin-

ating story behind

him.

It appears a the major that was martinet of the worst kind. He had
a

number and
one

of

convicts
of them out the
as a

him,

was

working for an unruly
rebel.
was
,

member sent He resented "a

political that he

fact

cut-throats the lag" along with and pickpockets working on the station often pery and said
so

often

enough-well,
the pepj

enough major

to exasperate
. . .

One made some day the major to the convict, who slighting remark it at and threw picked up a stone with his tormentor greater accuracy

judgment. was major, who immediately sentenced
The

than

I

magistrate,
the
man

to
j

death, and was hanged.
For

that

same

evening

he

the place story goes), singing ribald on the campaign songs major's bedrail, hunting the cattle out of the barns at night; kicking of milk over buckets left on the dairy floor by the milkmaids; rattling tins and tolling bells in the dead of

(so

revenge the old

he

haunted

night
sold land. The has to

until and

the not

major, thoroughly
a little

irritated, his

property
owner

and

left for

frightened, Engproperty
...

present
never seen

of the

the
were

ghost

ali

though
beat fellow

parties
up with

organised to try the old entertaining a the grudge against
the Monaro of wayside who district ghosts, returned

major.
Records abound shades to the of of in stories

bushrangers

of their crimes, sudden scenes apparitions of the long since dead, the whole and doleful collection of weird and wonderful encounters, but is shadow the black of Yarralumla the story that has longest survived.

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