The Australian Women's Weekly (1932-1982), Wednesday 7 June 1978, page 108, 109

Living with the ghost of Whg

National Library of Australia

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article51594027

Brisbane restaurateur
Neil McLucas house with shares
a McLucas

his

"presence"
climbed

When
an

Neil
the

through

Street

in

smashed window of old derelict house in Why Not the Brisbane of West suburb

in

End,
was

he

the Brisbane of West suburb knew he had found the home he
for. were

looking
The

floorboards

rotting,

the
were

wooden
so

stumps

under

the house

the wind blew away that when the house rocked. The back yard was piled with rubbish. The real estate agent had described the place as "a heap of junk" but Neil it jubilant. was He snapped up at a bargain price and set about decorating and furnishing its 16 lofty rooms with
their
lt

eaten

perfectly preserved
wasn't

pressed
he

metal

ceilings.

long
it's a

before

discovered

I

house with a ghost. friendly ghost, but it has given him a few scary moments. One evening, when alone in the house, Neil his siamese saw its cat suddenly arch back and stare at a vacant near space the foot of the staircase in the living
He

he

was

sharing

the

says

I

room.

Its
-

gaze
someone

slowly
-

followed

some-

up the staircase. Halfway up Neil heard footsteps quite distinctly. At other times he has found that lights have been mysteriously switched than
ence"
once
on

thing

or

he

during the night and more has felt a strong "pres-

at the foot of his old,

wrought iron
1883
it

bed. The Holmes which
estate which

house

was

built in

for the
was

family and
on

for years

the

only dwelling
has wide
was

the

Why
over

Not the

estate

views
not

city.

(The

named

after

advertisements
land

asked

"Why

buy

here?")

as a bower bird with an incredible collection of turn-of-the-century objects. There is a solid brass cash register dated

Neil describes his house

himself

and

is filled

1901,
fan

a

collection
wooden

of

old
a

firearms

and

draught horse equipment,
with

huge
big old

ceiling
as an

aeroplane
writer with

blades propeller and double
Neil's

as
an

typethe
cases

a

set of keys. On

huge

desk

in

study display

huge desk
hold
Neil and
some

in

Neil's of the

study display cases smaller pieces
-

of

bric-a-brac. loves his house
vows never

ghost
it.

and

all

-

to part with DEE

Story: LAURIE

Not Street

1. It's at

the foot of this old bed
sits
on

that Neil often feels the side of
a

a

ghostly

presence.

2. 3. 4. 5.

Built in 1883, the house The bar
room was

hill,

overlooking Brisbane.

Cedar Neil's

cabinet

study Pictures by David

built into part of the back veranda, 12 metres once long. in the living-room was office sale. bought cheaply at an houses his collection of antiques, wall charts and flags. Millar.

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