Sunday Times (Perth, WA : 1902 - 1954), Sunday 15 September 1946, page 4

IS

IT

HIDDEN

TREASURE

THAT

LURES

BACK

.

.

.

The
ir-;-ür
By JOHN

"Bishop's Ghost"?
GARY

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self in bim
space.

enough

to

give

him retire

After
I

Bishop

Trower's

hove

joined
on

a

band
the

of
ment, his successor by ghost-breakers
mission or in
one was pestered seeking per-

ghost-breakers,

trail

famous of Australia's most I have sat for hours ghost. after midnight outside the gate of the "haunted house"

palace
"break"

the verandah to sleep on of the rooms of the if they couldn't see to the ghost.

hoping-and
"The
Bishop's

dreading-that
I

Ghost" would glide past me. But so far have seen nothing.

was I never a great believer in ghost stories, until I heard of the but so "Bishop's Ghost"; many have to reputable people claim

he this wraith just that can't be dismissed as a figment of the imagination. In fact, he begets his name it was cause the Right Rev. Dr. Gerard then Anglican Trower, who the Nor-west, Bishop of was one of the first to see him. At that the "haunted time house" was owned by the AngliChurch and can occupied by Dr.
seen

Today the palace is occupied by the secretary of the Broome Road it is much Board. In appearance it was in Bishop Trower's time as one -with front exception. The garden is no longer the picture it in its was days. Around bygone crooked paths the stones ars disIt lodged. has obviously been ruthlessly dug up more than once; and cement which ornaments, were once an are attraction,
now

broken

to

fragments.

All this happened before the< Road Board over; secretary took and it happened because of something of which Bishop Trower wasn't aware. far as the Bishop knew, he the first to see the ghost. But such was house not the case. The had been reported haunted many came to years before Dr. Trower live there; was and, what more, it was that it was rumored haunted by a ghost returning to look for bidden pearls.
was

As

Irower during his the Nor'-West; and cited Bishop who people of Broome

residency
it was an

in
ex-

startled
one

the there The

morning

early
was a

that by announcing ghost in his palace. had
no

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*

*

it; about he was on the point. emphatic He'd stood and watched the ghost for some time. And the story he told convinced those who heard him come that a real ghost had to Broome. saw After that, Bishop Trower times. In the apparition many is a surgeon fact, his brother, who in London, has a half-filled notebook with notes from the Bishop's his letter concerning unearthly

Bishop

doubts

TO house
It
was

explain
ter

go

back

all this, we'd to when

bet
the

built.

built for a man named Jewish pearl-buyer, who lived strictly according to his religious beliefs. In Broome at the time there was so no Rabbi; possible, acted in Davis, wherever his stead.
was

Davis,

a

visitor.

the ghost appeared in Always to Bishop Trower. the same way sits at said, "He As the Bishop writing desk, wearing a pemy culiar-looking hat; and he makes no effort to shift if I look in." Australia So the ghost achieved merewide fame. He no longer was ly a story that passed from mouth the press interested itto mouth; to him self in bim

One of Australia's best-known fairest and pearl buyers, some beautiful specimens passed Davis* through and he hands; scores of thousands passed many of pounds' worth onto the world's markets. that he, in all good the huge pearl for which the buyer Liebglid had been ?murdered and 3 men hanged. The pearl was been supposed to have Isold to Davis at Port Hedland a few hours before he sailed in the
It was said faith, bought

sailed If such
were true,

in the the pearl buyer and, first reported Trower seeing the ghost, many reputable it. people claim to have seen It is said that, of later years, the ghost glides out of the palace, across the road and through the chained and padlocked gates of the residency, then occupied by Magistrate Wallwork.
since later,

But,

the world will never because Davis know, was those tragic souls who among were lost when the Koombana disappeared, many now; years ago without even leaving a trace of oil on the ocean. aiqy rate, At Davis' beautiful home was eventually bought by another pearler. And one night, he swears, he awoke to find Davis standing beside his bed. There was no suggestion that the pearler had been was He dreaming. it. adamant on Davis, he said, had as stood there certainly as day follows the night. Into the township the pearler went and told his story, and soon rife. The rumor became ghost of Davis had returned for a purpose, men said. It had come to back search for pearls which were hidden in the garden!
a been lurking suspicion in the minds of Broomites that Davis safemany of his pearls guarded many by in the garden. hiding them So, when the story of the appearance of his ghost spread, few men any longer doubted the reason for the
j I

Bishop

Often,
wraith-like

said, has feet; thin, glided on unearthly it, around misty robes swirling across the road to melt through that locked gate. That
was

at just figure,

midnight,
it

a

is

why

I

came

to

be

squatting for hours at night outside the palace gates, hoping to be able to put out hand, if my
it to

glided

past,
the

and

be

the

first

j

"lay"
I'm
will If he

still

Bishop's Ghost. hopeful. Maybe tonight
I'll

he

walk. does,

There

had

probably run!

always

visit. * * ¥

often then when on, pearler would go into his a of garden morning, he would find portions of it dug up, shovels tlirown aside hurriedly and left there by treasure-hunters who'd quietly crept in and worked daring the night in the hope of unearthing the treasure. Bit by bit the whole of the garden was then the upturned. And cheekier more and determined of the searchers even took to breakthe cement ing open ornaments the paths, guessing around that Davis have been cute might enough to plant the pearls there. But drew a they every time blank. Years have passed, but they

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the

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!

haven't conviction, the squashed held by many, in that somewhere is untold that "Bishop's Garden" wealth. Searchers aren't as many possibly because they'd get now; a warm welcome from the present*

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