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Anyone aware of any ghost sightings on the Barton Highway?

By wally11 - 16 April 2009 40

Almost 1 year ago my husband and my daughter and myself left our home on the southside of Canberra at about 5am heading out for a roadtrip to Adelaide.

The weather was foggy and somewhere between Gold Creek and the big ranch with the long white fencing and roses, my husband and I witnessed what we both believed to be a ghostly figure of a man crossing the road in front of our car, he appeared to be wearing jeans and was aged around 50-60 yrs old.

It was definitely a man who appeared transparent and crossed quickly directly in front of our car, had it been a live person my husband and I both believe we would have hit him! We were both a bit freaked but not scared and felt a very calm feeling at the time.

Does anyone have any info relating to sightings of ghosts along this stretch of the highway ?

What’s Your opinion?


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Anyone aware of any ghost sightings on the Barton Highway?
mr_spoon 1:27 pm 16 Apr 09

Spoono said :

Yeah it’s ghost of old man Jones who was burnt to death by the founders of Cockington Green because he had a rival miniature land on the present site of the George Harcout Inn. There’s thems that say his ghost appears at this time every year.

Pity his ghost’s only 3″ tall and keeps getting trodden on.

peterh 12:51 pm 16 Apr 09

thumper, just pad it out with a few photos…

peterh 12:50 pm 16 Apr 09

BerraBoy68 said :

Thumper said :

It’s a paltry 25,861 words at present…

maybe you need….. (wait for it) a ghostwriter?

you knew we were all keeping away from that comment in the “spirit” of the thing, don’t you?

justbands 12:40 pm 16 Apr 09

> big ranch

Ranch??? I think you took a wrong turn & ended up in the USA somewhere!

BerraBoy68 12:37 pm 16 Apr 09

Thumper said :

It’s a paltry 25,861 words at present…

maybe you need….. (wait for it) a ghostwriter?

Thumper 12:22 pm 16 Apr 09

It’s a paltry 25,861 words at present…

Thumper 12:06 pm 16 Apr 09

Ozhair,

No idea. I’ve just started working on it again. I got bored and carried away with other projects 😉

kobez_outlaw 11:56 am 16 Apr 09

Wally11, This thread is without doubt the most insanely idiotic thing I’ve ever heard or read about. We are all now dumber after having read this thread.

Ozhair 11:44 am 16 Apr 09

Thumper, any idea when we might be able to read this book of yours? You’ve been talking about it for ages, and I’d be keen to purchase a copy 🙂

B_Man 11:14 am 16 Apr 09

I’ve lived in Yass most of my life and use the Barton Highway all the time but I’ve never seen a ghost along there or heard of anyone who has. The stretch of Hume Highway between Bookham and the Burrinjuck turn-off is pretty well known for ghost sightings though.

That story about the old man getting burnt to death is a cracker. Nothing like a rival minature land on your front doorstep to spur on a spot of murder.

magella 10:48 am 16 Apr 09

Sammy said :

Perhaps you should try breaking the prozac in half?

But then the lights of the oncoming traffic aren’t nearly as pretty…
🙂

Thumper 10:15 am 16 Apr 09

Here’s something from a book I’m working on. However, I haven’t heard of such an incident.

Not so easily explained is the Collector ghost, a man dressed in all black and a top hat that is said to have occasionally appeared since the 1930s near the town of Collector, just north of Canberra. Interestingly this ghost has also been seen walking along the shorelines of Lake George, at Bungendore, and as far a field as the outskirts of Queanbeyan, just on Canberra’s eastern border.

Given the hitchhiker myth could it be possible that the Collector ghost has given rise to the story? After all, both involve the lonely stretch of highway that runs along the Lake.

Whatever one may believe, the Collector ghost appears to be very similar in context to numerous other Australian ghost stories with stories told of drivers believing that they have hit someone on the road, only to stop and find no body, and when they pull into the next town they invariably talk to the (unnamed) publican who explains laconically and without a blink that the traveller must have seen the (insert local rural town name) ghost. And, unlike Fishers ghost, there is never any justification as to why the ghost is there, except for vague rumours that someone once got killed doing something.

And not so surprisingly, the road deaths can easily be attributed to the large volume of traffic that passes by the Lake, being that it is the main thoroughfare from Sydney to Canberra. Nothing sinister here, no ghostly hitchhikers or top hated gentlemen, just tired drivers on a long, straight, flat road.

And..

There is a story going around Canberra that tells of a haunting on Ginninderra Creek, a small creek that winds its way through suburbia then out into the bush on the north western side of the city. In the old days of Canberra the creek ran through a large sheep station called Ginninderra, hence the name of the creek.

The story runs along these lines in that, back in the late 1870s a young drover was trying to cross the creek late on a rainy night. The creek, due to rainfall was flooded and the banks therefore treacherous and the man slipped before being dragged under by the flooded creek. His body was later found caught under some woody debris some 500 metres downstream by some station hands and shearers.

The crossing no longer exists but a pedestrian footbridge over the creek sits very close to the original site. Many people walking or jogging at night have witnessed a strange glowing but wispy figure standing by the edge of the creek. Some people have walked past and then looked back only to notice that the figure has disappeared. Some people have even seen the shape from their car when driving home late at night.

Some say it looks like a man dressed in an overcoat with a large hat, others say it looks like a woman in a flowing dress. Whatever the case, the ghost has been reported numerous times and with the area becoming more popular with walkers and joggers, the reports will continue.

So, no Goldcreek ghost, bit who knows?

Spoono 9:50 am 16 Apr 09

Yeah it’s ghost of old man Jones who was burnt to death by the founders of Cockington Green because he had a rival miniature land on the present site of the George Harcout Inn. There’s thems that say his ghost appears at this time every year.

Sammy 9:35 am 16 Apr 09

Perhaps you should try breaking the prozac in half?

magella 9:30 am 16 Apr 09

I’ve seen a similar thing on the same stretch of the Barton Highway, although not quite as clear. Both times I thought I saw a figure cross in front of the car and slammed on the brakes. I think I had convinced myself that it was just shadows, but it was more than a little freaky.

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