When Andy first got in touch regarding his new book I was intrigued by the concept of a paranormal book which contained a collection of stories from what I consider to be one of the most reliable forms of evidence – Police Statements.
Country and County: Australasia
Now a heritage site, the listed Brisbane Jail, or Boggo Road Gaol, which closed in 1989 had a reputation of being haunted. The ghost is said to be Ernest Austin who was executed on 22 September 1913 for the rape and murder of Ivy Mitchell at Cedar Creek Road, near Samford.
The following is taken from an article by W Gregor in Folklore [A Quarterly Review Of Myth, Tradition, Institution & Custom] Vol III (1892). ‘Mr. A. Oldfield, in his account of The Aborigines of Australia, says that the natives believe that every deep muddy pool is inhabited by a Spirit called In-gnas, whose powers for mischief seem particularly active during night.
Monte Cristo Homestead in Junee, NSW, is reputed to be Australia’s most haunted house. Unlike its British equivalent, Borley Rectory however, Monte Cristo still stands and attracts thousands of visitors every year.
The Old Nunnery at 5 Church Church, Pomona was an historic building and part of the towns heritage trail. Reputedly haunted by nuns, the Old Nunnery was sold by the Catholic Church in the 1980’s and was a private residence until it was destroyed by fire in 2007. Mark Fuller wrote two articles on 29th September 2007 for the Sunshine Coast looking at the fire and the haunting.
In Phantasms of the Living (vol. II) (Frank Podmore, F W H Myers and Edmund Gurney), there is an account of an apparition experienced and identified by multiple witnesses. It is given in a letter by Mr Charles A. W. Lett, a member of the Military and Royal Naval Club, dated December 3rd, 1885, concerning events that took place twelve years earlier.
The Alkimos is well known as a haunted shipwreck off the coast just North of Perth in Western Australia. Her story begins back during World War II when she was known by another name. On 11 October 1943 the US Liberty Ship George M Shiver was launched in Baltimore, after being built by Bethlehem-Fairfield Shipyards.