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Diary of a Ghost Hunter - Ghosts of Q Station Manly - WILLIAM HAY


Here is what the newspapers said...
 This is from the newspaper article taken from TROVE 

 A magisterial inquiry was held at the Quarantine Station yesterday respecting the death of an employee named William Hay, aged 56, who was found in a flat behind the stables on Wednesday, with a bullet wound in the head, and another in the abdomen. 
He had a revolver clasped in his right hand. A fellow employee slated that the deceased had lately been suffering from bronchitis and asthma, neuralgia in the head, and internal pains. 
When ill he had been heard to say that life was not worth living, and had often asked the effects of certain drugs. 
 He leaves a widow and two children. 
 The Coroner recorded a finding of suicide whilst suffering from ill-health. 

And from:
The City Coroner held an inquiry yesterday concerning the death of William Hayes,…

Diary of a Ghost Hunter - Cockatoo Island

A stone’s throw from the waterfront mansions lining Sydney Harbour, Cockatoo Island — a UNESCO World Heritage Site — has a grim and varied history. It was a brutal colonial prison — like an Australian Alcatraz — between 1839 and 1869, where numerous prisoners died in custody and others died trying to flee. One famous story involves a guard being murdered by an inmate. The island became a colonial jail to take in the overflow of prisoners on Norfolk Island. After 1900 it became a crucial shipbuilding yard and naval dockyard, where conditions were better, but tough. Workers were killed in gruesome industrial accidents and at least one person mysteriously vanished. Tourists and even staff have reported various kinds of paranormal activity on the island, which draws ghost hunters from around the world. And while the grisly stories — and alleged ghosts — from the prison and dockyard eras are frightful stuff, they don’t seem to leave visitors as unsettled as those from a th…

Diary of a Ghost Chaser - Beechworth Lunatic Asylum

Beechworth Lunatic Asylum, VICTORIAThe abandoned grounds of Beechworth Lunatic Asylum - also known as Mayday Hills - is a hot spot for ghost hunters, with regular and consistent accounts of unexplained figures walking the halls.Visitors recount an 80-year-old man tugging at their clothes, children laughing in the distance and the murmurs of a young girl who desperately tries to speak but can't be understood.The asylum closed in 1995 after 128 years of operation.However, hundreds of patients were buried on-site in unmarked graves and it's believed their spirits remain.Opened in 1867, the Beechworth Lunatic Asylum was one of the largest psychiatric hospitals in the state.

Legend has it that doctors would restrain patients with shackles, conduct electro-shock treatments en masse, and pull teeth when patients self-harmed.The Beechworth Lunatic Asylum was one of the largest psychiatric hospitals in the state, home to 1200 patients at its peak.Very few are said to have left alive.The…

Strange and Weird Stories - Three haunted Youth Hostels

At least 3 Youth Hostels in Australia seem to have stories of ghostly meanderings within the buildings they occupy. A number of years ago we did a short investigation at the Newcastle YHA and we really did not find anything conclusive, even staying in the spooky Room that is mentioned in the story below.
But maybe we were just not there at the right time on the right day! Maybe we did not give enough time to connect properly or maybe the Matron really did not want to be seen.
One day maybe we will get another chance!!

THE SHANTY OF CAPTAIN ALLEN ANCHOR BEARD Sydney Central YHA is home to a huge mural by Mulga of Captain Allen Anchor Beard, who had a fondness for seagulls because many moons ago a trusty seagull saved his life. Allen was thrown overboard during a particularly vigorous storm as he sailed the summit of Cape Horn. After surviving the shark infested waters for the whole night a seagull chanced across Allen on its breakfast fishing expedition. Being a smart seagull it realised th…

Strange and Weird Stories - Ghostly Waterfall Sanatorium

I am a ghost hunter. I am someone who loves to lose myself in forgotten and over gown places just like Waterfall Sanatorium. I am afraid that for this site I am too late to venture beyond the fences that block the area.I can only imagine what I might be able to find there. 

Just one-and-a-half hours drive south of Sydney, 2,000 souls lie lost and buried beneath overgrown bush land: former patients from a century-old sanatorium now long forgotten. Now the land is an abandoned graveyard, inaccessible by foot and barely visible through broken branches, thick undergrowth and the tree canopies that grow above. At the turn of the century, tuberculosis - otherwise known as consumption or the White Plague - ravaged the newly federated nation.  With no cure the highly infectious sufferers were instead contained in sanatoriums.  It was here where people were sent to die. The Waterfall Sanatorium was the state's only purpose-built facility for people suffering tuberculosis.  Sitting at 1,000 feet a…

Strange and Weird Stories - Haunted Monte Christo

Have you been to the most haunted house in Australia?
I was there over 5 years ago when Reg the owner was still on this side of the veil. 
Now, I am totally sure he makes himself known as one of the ghosts that haunts the historic site.
Monte Christo can be found at Junee, NSW.
The homestead is now being run to Reg's wife and his son, Lawrence.
Lawrence conducts the ghost tours and tells stories about growing up in the homestead and the very many spooky stories associated with the homesteads long history.
As with all houses of this ilk, the stories are not always sweet and covered with love and light.
Some, are a little more mysterious and dark.
I am hoping to go back after the COVID lockdown is over.
And if you decide to go, I suggest stopping at the township's cemetery and stop and pay your respects to the original owners, the Crawley family and ask permission to visit.
They may treat you nicely if you do!!!
This story below, comes from an article by NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC.


Strange and Weird Tales - Some People would do anything to Get a Head!

The macabre world of Maitland  phrenologist Archibald Hamilton
from the MAITLAND MERCURY by Kevin Short Yes ladies and gents, phrenology was a 'science' and studying the bumps on a person's head was thought to offering insight into the mental health of a person. Certainly,it was thought that murderers, rapists, thieves had strange bumps and different skull shapes than normal reasonable people who did not commit heinous crimes.
Worse still, all indigenous people were always at threat of losing their heads to phrenologists for examination.
And as this story starts to tell you many of these 'scientists' would do just about anything to procure a skull to examine, even if it meant paying the gravedigger to collect one for them from a new burial.
Strange? Weird? But true.

Strange and Weird - Newcastle's Freak show!!!

I love finding gems of local history that are weird, strange, spooky and crazy. there is certainly more to the story of Newcastle than meets the eye. This is the story of the BEACH HOTEL - not 'that BEACH HOTEL' at Merewether...there was another one. Now all that remains of it is the story - an what a story it is!!!

WEIGHING a hefty 46 stone, or just over 290 kilograms, “Jolly Nelly”, the cook at the Beach Hotel, was dubbed “The world’s fattest lady”. Nelly was brought to Sydney from America to be part of Arthur Greenhalgh’s ‘freak show’ before the outbreak of World War II. She was one of several “sideshow freaks” put to work at Greenhalgh’s Newcastle pub during the war years. When transport and lighting restrictions were introduced at the beginning of the war, Greenhalgh had difficulty placing his ‘freaks’ in employment. To house his ‘attractions’, including Irishman John Aussen, who towered 8 feet 6 inches tall (2.5m), and the ‘Human Skeleton’ Bill Banlaw, who weighed 66 pounds (…

Strange and Weird Stories - Hair Turned White!

The World News reported this story in February 1938 about two men who had a spooky encounter what literally turned one man's hair white from his frightening night visitor!


In 1900 my mate and I descended into the Hillgrove Gorge to prospect for gold.
This gorge is from 1500 to 2000 feet deep, and winds away for about 40 miles.
There are only certain spurs up or down which man or beast can travel.

It really is a terrible place.
We erected our tent on a small, green patch of flat and made ourselves as snug as possible. - There were no other prospectors in the gorge besides us.

Close to our tent was a dead ironbark log. Beside it we made our fire. We were both men of mature age and considerable mining experience, well used .to a. rough life in the bush, and not in any way superstitious. We never indulged in ghost yarns.

However, our first night in the gorge will never be erased from our memories. The fly pole of the tent was projecting about four feet beyond the. do…