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South Brisbane Cemetery- Haunted Site

Our next ‪#‎hauntedsite‬ is the South Brisbane Cemetery.

Near the entrance to Dutton Park Cemetery, officially known as South Brisbane Cemetery, among the rows of old gravestones, stands one that tells a personal story of tragedy:

IN LOVING MEMORY OF SELINA MARY,
BELOVED DAUGHTER OF W’M & SELINA BROWN
WHO WAS ACCIDENTLY DROWNED MARCH 13TH 1890,
AGED 16 YEARS.

A sad poem conveys the grief of the young girl’s parents…

A LIGHT IS FROM OUR HOUSEHOLD GONE
THE VOICE WE LOVED IS STILL’D
A PLACE IS VACANT AT OUR HEARTH
WHICH NEVER CAN BE FILLED

William and Selina Brown operated the Plough Inn Hotel at South Brisbane, which continues to trade, and is now a historic icon at Southbank which has developed around it.

On the day she was taken from them, Selina, named after her mother, was playing at the rear of her parents establishment, swimming in floodwater. The Brisbane River had broken its banks and flooded the city. Water rose to the first floor of the hotel – all of South Brisbane was under water. Young Selina jumped in, and disappeared from view. Soon after her lifeless body was retrieved.

On our South Brisbane Cemetery Ghost Tour we visit her grave, hear the ghost stories that evolved over time about her and separate the facts from fiction. In 2011 Ghost Tours restored her grave as part of our commitment to cemetery heritage – the money coming from our guided tours of this cemetery.

We would love to have you undertake this tour, it takes place on Saturday evenings – numbers for this walking tour are strictly limited so you will need to book to secure a spot. To book or find out more information visit our website or call us on (07) 3344 7265.

Haunted Brisbane- Grave of Pat Hill

Our next ‪#‎hauntedbrisbane‬ post is the Grave of Pat Hill- Boxing Referee .

Brisbaneites have always loved a good fight, the home of Brisbane’s wrestling and boxing for many years was the Brisbane Stadium. Men of different statures and builds were pitched against each other – the fights were often legendary. The man in the middle of the fisty cuffs, was a referee by the name of Pat Hill. He was a balding slender framed, wiry man, who for more than 25 years danced in the ring alongside some of Australia’s best. Following his death, the stadium organised a fund raiser to erect a memorial for Pat and the result is quite a sight!

Join us on a Toowong Cemetery- The Other Side Ghost Tour to visit his ghostly grave and hear his story. This tour runs Saturday evenings and takes in ‘the other side’ of Toowong Cemetery.

We also offer the Toowong Cemetery- The original. This tour takes in the front side of the cemetery and is run on Friday and Saturday evenings. To book a spot on one of the tours visit our website.

Norfolk Island Ghost Tours- Only 4 places left!

Regarded as a living hell for the convicts that were sent there, today Norfolk Island is the opposite. This small, green island, surrounded by deep ferocious seas is a paradise compared to what it once was.

The first convict settlement was established soon after the arrival of the first fleet to Australia in 1788: Through the 19th century the two more attempts to make Norfolk into an island prison ended in abandonment. The stories which came from those unfortunate enough to serve and be held on Norfolk were horrific.

The commandants were sadistic and cruel, and used their powers over life and death to try to crush the souls of the men and women sent there. Brutal floggings with whips, deprivation of food and water, punishing work regimes and regular executions by hanging created a type of convict that mainland Australia rarely saw.

For the convicts created here depravity and hopelessness was the norm.

These circumstances have been fertile grounds for folklore, ghost and crime stories. Norfolk has scores of haunted houses, buildings and ruins. Locals have long enjoyed sharing yarns and tales of the myths and legends of their island.

One of the most enduring ghost stories is that of the “Bloody Bridge” which we will be visiting on our Norfolk Island Ghost Tour in October. This stone bridge built by convicts was the scene of a horrific murder in which prisoners killed their overseer and disposed of his body by stuffing it into the stonework of the newly built bridge. There are several different versions told of the crime, but the bridge itself is an imposing and eerie place to visit and will be a highlight of the 3 day tour.

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We will also visit the ruins and Kingston – the island’s Gothic graveyard and also take in world class museums and displays. It really will be a trip of a lifetime – Norfolk Island’s convict history and hauntings is equal to Port Arthur.

The Norfolk Island Ghost Tour will be conducted by Jack Sim, Director of Ghost Tours. Who has been gathering stories from the islanders and local historians.

ONLY 4PLACES LEFT!

Whole Tour Includes:
Flights to and from Norfolk Island (Brisbane Airport)
Accommodation at The Castaway Hotel (Twin Share)
Island Tours
Ghost Tours
Museum Pass
Small Car Hire (Vehicle insurance included. Fuel at your own cost)
Buffet Breakfast each morning (except Saturday 31st October)
Lunch Monday 2nd November (Other days lunch not included)
Dinner for three nights
Free time

Tour Does Not Include:
Travel Insurance (speak to Go See Touring Staff when booking for more information, and a quote. Travel Insurance is highly recommended, as there are limited services on the Island)
Fuel for hire car (fuel at your own cost)
Some lunches
Spending Money


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The Execution of Dundalli

The Execution of Dundalli.

Was Dundalli an aboriginal hero or cold blooded killer? Dundalli was an aboriginal warrior, tribal leader and feared killer. Strong and powerful, he stood over six feet tall. Dundalli was terrifying, not only to settlers, but also his own people. He was a wanted man for over 14 years for many crimes, mainly the murder of three prominent settlers. Dundalli was arrested in Fortitude Valley after many years on the run.

On 5 January 1855 Dundalli was set to be executed. The scaffold was erected outside the former Female Factory (where the GPO stands today) and Dundalli was lead out in front of the large group of people who had come to watch his execution.

We visit and remember the execution of Dundalli on our Bloody Brisbane BD Crime Tour. The tours take place on a Saturday evenings – numbers for this walking tour are strictly limited so you will need to book to secure a spot. To book or find out more information visit our website or call us on (07) 3344 7265.

Haunted Brisbane- The Cauldron

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In the spirit of Queensland’s State of Origin series win on Wednesday night, we thought we would share a story of the past of Suncorp Stadium. The Suncorp Stadium we know now stands on the very grounds of the old Paddington Cemetery, a burial ground to upwards of ten thousand people in the 1800s.

Before the 2003 revamp of the then Lang Park, major archaeological work was undertaken and 397 remains were found in the ground. The findings were something no one was expecting. All of the remains found were reburied in the Toowong Cemetery.

It is reported that a female ghost wonders the verandas of the Christ Church (the church located near Suncorp Stadium), sometimes unlocking the doors to let the local homeless sleep inside. Unsurprisingly, no one was willing to join her, rather preferring to sleep outdoors.

We visit this area on our Haunted Brisbane Coach Tour, for more information and to book visit our website.

RAVENSWOOD GHOST TOURS

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We are so proud to report that the inaugural ‪#‎ravenswoodghosttour was a really great night.

We visited Imperial Hotel where a couple of patrons tried to scare us and Di, the owner, shared some stories with us, we then moved onto the church, lockup and finally we ended up at the Railway Hotel where several of the guests (including Jack) heard footsteps behind us outside room 12- one of the rooms said to be haunted.

We learned a lot about Ravenswood long history and its ghosts!

Jack Sim, who was the ghost tour guide said “it was fantastic to meet some of our local followers. People came from Charters Towers and Ravenswood to be on the first, but not last #ravenswoodghosttour.

Tours will be running on the first Saturday night of each month, so check the wesbite for how to book.

You can stay the night in one of the two haunted hotels – the Imperial or Railway Hotels (both of which Jack managed to stay in on his trip to Ravenswood). If you would prefer less ghosts, you can stay at Top Camp or camp at the showgrounds.

 

IMPERIAL HOTEL- #hauntedravenswood

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IMPERIAL HOTEL- RAVENSWOOD

One of two remaining hotels in Ravenswood the 113 years old Imperial, like the nearby Railway Hotel, has a reputation of being haunted. Built in 1902 at the height of the gold boom when Ravenswood – the ghost town that will not die – boasted 50 hotels, The Imperial was Irish blacksmith James Delaney grand vision. Using the profits he made from the Donnybrook gold mine he spent a fortune on it. For 90 years the Delaney family owned and maintained the hotel preserving its unique character, even as the town fortunes declined.

Entering the hotel today is like stepping back in time; from the magnificent red cedar bar to the dining room to the antique bedrooms complete with original cast iron beds and ceramic washstands. Now heritage-listed, the “Impy” is a icon of North Queensland. There are several resident ghosts including the spirit of a little girl; Room 12A too is home to an unhappy soul. Generations of visitors say that the Imperial is one of the most authentic haunted hotels in Australia. It is possible to stay the night in the Imperial and undertake a ghost tour on Saturdays evenings. The Imperial Hotel is one of the haunted sites we visit on Ravenswood Ghost Tours. To book a tour head over to our website. Make sure you like Ravenswood Ghost Tours on Facebook as well!

RAVENSWOOD GHOST TOURS

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Ravenswood- now a true ghost town, was once a bustling mining town located 45 minutes drive south-west of Townsville . After the discovery of gold in the late 1800s the township flourished, grand buildings were erected and mines brought great wealth to the town. This good fortune was short lived, by 1915 due to World War I and strikes the population dwindled to 500.

What remains of Ravenswood now stands as a beautiful and ghostly remnant of its former glory. The town is a heritage area with 14 sites on the Queensland heritage register including the Imperial and the Railway Hotels, the former court house and the Community Church. Many of these buildings are haunted by its past…

Join us on the first Saturday of each month at 7:30pm for a 2.5 hour historic coach/walking ghost tour through the streets of Ravenswood. Visiting many haunted sites in town, including two of the historic hotels.

Prices:
Adult: $30.00
Adult Concession: $25.00
Teens (12-17): $20.00

To book a tour head to the Ravenswood Ghost Tours website or call us Ghost Tours Tour Coordinator on 0401 666 441 for more details.

Keep up to date with everything #ravenswood on our Facebook page.

HAUNTED NORFOLK ISLAND

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The Convict Store, now a museum, is one of the most well known haunted sites on Norfolk Island. It is believed that a ghost haunts the area in and around the store. Who the ghost is, is unknown. Some Islanders say that ghost is a solider from convict days; others say it is a convict who drowned on the island.

One Norfolk resident had an interaction with a ghostly figure that walked down the stairs of the Convict Store. When he reported the creepy experience to authorities; he was shown a report detailing the same experience had by a local police officer several weeks earlier.

The Convict Store has now been transformed into one of the four museums on Norfolk Island. As part of our Norfolk Island Ghost Tour, visitors will receive a museum pass that allows them access to all museums on the island- Commissariats Store, no. 10 Quality Row, Pier Store and the HMS Sirius Museum in which artefacts of Australia’s most important shipwreck are displayed. The museums are located in World Heritage Listed Kingston and are an absolute must see on Norfolk Island.

On the Norfolk Island Ghost Tour visitors will be taken on a ghost tour of Kingston at night – including a stop at the Convict to hear the ghost story. Visitors will get the chance to stand where the ghost appears.

The Norfolk Island Ghost Tour will be conducted by Jack Sim, Director of Ghost Tours. Who has been gathering stories from the islanders and local historians.

ONLY 4 PLACES LEFT!

Whole Tour Includes:

  • Flights to and from Norfolk Island (Brisbane Airport)
  • Accommodation at The Castaway Hotel (Twin Share)
  • Island Tours Ghost Tours Museum Pass
  • Small Car Hire (Vehicle insurance included. Fuel at your own cost)
  • Buffet Breakfast each morning (except Saturday 31st October)
  • Lunch Monday 2nd November (Other days lunch not included)
  • Dinner for three nights Free time

Tour Does Not Include:

  • Travel Insurance (speak to Go See Touring Staff when booking for more information, and a quote. Travel Insurance is highly recommended, as there are limited services on the Island)
  • Fuel for hire car (fuel at your own cost)
  • Some lunches Spending Money

Make sure you like us on Facebook to keep update with everything Norfolk Island Ghost Tours related!

 Tickets which are strictly limited – are running out quickly. For more information on how to book visit our website or call (07) 3344 7265.

HAUNTED CHARTERS TOWERS

The Royal Private Hotel

The Royal Private Hotel is one of four haunted hotels in Charters Towers and was built in 1888. It is believed that a number of ghosts haunt the hotel…we don’t want to give too much away, so you will need to come on one of weekly walking ghost tours to find out more (the tour takes guests to 3 different parts of the haunted hotel)! To book a ghost tour book on our website or at the Visitor Information Centre, bookings essential –  as tours limited to 25 people.

Patricia, one of the owners of the Royal Private Hotel who bought, renovated and restored the hotel recently says that on a regular basis the bells in the hotel ring for no apparent reason and that there is often a warm and welcoming presence around the hotel, the picture below, was taken at the dawn of the 20th century.

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You can book and stay overnight at the hotel by calling Patricia on 07 4787 8688 or by visiting their website here #charterstowersghosttours