Canberra most haunted?

johnboy 23 December 2008 286

[First filed: July 14, 2008]

Blogger Kristine has been digging around Canberra’s ghost stories and has decided Canberra is the most haunted place in Australia.

perhaps the most fiendish of all Canberra’s ghosts, though, comes from the National Film and Sound Archive, which is built on the site of the former National Institute of Anatomy. It has been reported that many people who visit the basement area, have been pinned up against the wall by an unknown force!!

Most haunted? Or most populated by people who want to believe?

UPDATED: Reader Queanbeyan posted the following:

    Information for all who dare to attend the so called haunted house in Michalego. This is NSW Police, by entering this private property you are breaking the law. If caught you will be charged, it is an offence to tresspass on private property. NSW police will be conducting regular patrols of the above and surrounding areas. You have been warned !!!!!

His email makes it look legit.

UPDATED AGAIN: More cool Canberra ghost stories have been posted recently!


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zllauh zllauh 1:07 am 11 Mar 15

anyone heard about Studley Park House in NSW ?
Never been there but have heard about the boys who died there and their spirits :/

Thumper Thumper 8:55 am 30 Jul 12

Jungle Jim said :

Thumper said :

Book is available from Smiths in the city or from Ginninderra Press

Cheers 🙂

Wait. Wat?

What’s it called?

Sorry man, didn’t see the post.

‘A Case for Ghosts’

Cheers 🙂

Jungle Jim Jungle Jim 3:39 pm 04 Jul 12

Thumper said :

Book is available from Smiths in the city or from Ginninderra Press

Cheers 🙂

Wait. Wat?

What’s it called?

Thumper Thumper 2:52 pm 04 Jul 12

steveu said :

Thumper pls let us all know here on RA when your book is out. Tks 🙂

Book is available from Smiths in the city or from Ginninderra Press

Cheers 🙂

kwpendragon kwpendragon 12:08 pm 19 Jun 12

By the way, more good ghosty stories being released for your reading pleasure with the launch of JG Montgomery’s book “A Case for Ghosts” tonight at Smiths Alternative Bookshop from 6:30. Tim the Yowie Man to do the honours. The book is also available from (ex-Canberra based) Ginninderra Press http://www.ginninderrapress.com.au

Just a shameless plug to those interested in ghostly things!

steveu steveu 7:43 pm 05 Feb 12

Thumper pls let us all know here on RA when your book is out. Tks 🙂

Comic_and_Gamer_Nerd Comic_and_Gamer_Nerd 2:45 pm 05 Feb 12

Rad! Got a sale from me as soon as its out.

Thumper Thumper 11:20 am 05 Feb 12

Comic_and_Gamer_Nerd said :

Thumper, i have been following this thread from the start and eagerly awaiting your book.

Any updates?

Sent the final photos plus the artwork for the cover (control freak so I designed and drew my own cover) to the publisher recently.

And yes, I can’t quite believe how long it’s all taking.

I’ll let JB know when it is available. In fact, I’ll probably send RA a complimentary copy.

In the meanwhile I’m just finishing off a 100K word manuscript on folklore, paranormal mysteries and other generally stange stuff. Sort of Fortean I guess. We’ll see what happens with that.

Cheers 🙂

Comic_and_Gamer_Nerd Comic_and_Gamer_Nerd 10:01 am 05 Feb 12

Thumper, i have been following this thread from the start and eagerly awaiting your book.

Any updates?

TheDancingDjinn TheDancingDjinn 2:48 pm 04 Feb 12

Deref said :

I was abducted by space aliens and anally probed, but it wasn’t as much fun as it sounds.

Gotta go – I’m off to my iridologist to have my feng shui aligned.

Getting drunk and finding your way to Fyshwick public toilets isn’t alien abduction dude 😛

markjohnconley markjohnconley 2:15 pm 04 Feb 12

I used to cross roads without looking, no problems……..

poetix poetix 1:34 pm 04 Feb 12

Has anyone noticed how this thread re-appears every six months or so, to rattle it chains? It’s uncanny.

Deref Deref 8:46 am 04 Feb 12

I was abducted by space aliens and anally probed, but it wasn’t as much fun as it sounds.

Gotta go – I’m off to my iridologist to have my feng shui aligned.

markjohnconley markjohnconley 11:37 pm 03 Feb 12

Hobart, Hobart Gaol, my only ‘experience’ in 58 years. In 2000, on our first trip to Tassie, I was the last in line on the tour. 1/2’ish way through the tour the guide brought us to a room, all entered and as I stepped onto the stone step I got a overpowering sensation not to enter, and stepped back off the step. I noticed my hair on the back of my head did a adrenaline rush ‘stand up”. The guide on learning from me my reason informed us that it was used for executions. We hadn’t been told this beforehand.
My father, whilst a primary teacher at Coolah, had his one and only ‘experience’. He took the shortcut through the bush along ‘the creek’ after he finished footy training one night. He was spooked big-time, and sprinted. As he ran through the front gate of the boarding house fence, the ‘fearless’ house dog nearly knocked him over running past him and disappeared into the bush along the track my father had just left. The dog returned, seconds later, tail between his legs, ran under the house and apparently would not come out for 6 days, even to eat!
I have a very open mind on such things despite only one perceived experience, Mark

kmc1986 kmc1986 3:13 pm 10 Oct 11

Ok guys here is some real history for you about the “Michelago haunted house”…

THE HIBERNIAN HOTEL
This two-storey stone building is on the right-hand side of the
highway going north from the village turn-off. It dates from 1872,
and replaces the earlier hotel of the same name established in
1856 by Thomas Kennedy and his wife Mary (nee Maher). Both
buildings also served as Coach Offices, offering accommodation
and stabling for travellers to and from the Monaro. After the
death of 55-year old Mr. Kennedy in March 1875, Mary retained
ownership until her death June 1894, aged 82.

In June 1866 the notorious bushrangers, the Clarke brothers,
and some others of the ‘Jingera Mob’, made a second assault
on the village in only a matter of months. Instead of the PostOffice Store, their attention this visit was focused on the old
Hibernian, where they held captive many of the locals, while
they ransacked Abraham Levy’s store across the road. The day
was rounded off by ‘drinking the hotel dry’ (or almost) and
forcing their captives to do the same, before staggering off to
their hideouts in the Jingera range east of the town. Those left at
the Inn were in no fit state to give chase. The family of the local
police officer, Constable Moran, were amongst those detained,
‘the law himself’ riding escort with the gold-carrying coach, en
route from the Kiandra diggings to Queanbeyan.

The absence of a School of Arts or Hall in the village meant the
Hibernian served as the local hub, hosting concerts, balls,
fundraising activities for the church, sports days, auction sales
and the best place to celebrate winnings (or drowning sorrows)
after the local horse races

After the death of Thomas & Mary there were different licensees
until the sale to local property owner, Mr. W. Lenane in March
1895, and another change of ownership in 1900, to George
Fane De Salis (late of ‘Cuppacumbalong’) .The name of the
property changed to ‘Soglio’ and the old inn became the family
home, occupied in the latter years by the four Misses De Salis,
until 1962. ‘Soglio’ continues in family ownership and a working
property

Source: http://www.michelagoregion.org.au/mrca/images/stories/mrca/newsletter/mrca_autumn2011.pdf

The Frots The Frots 10:23 pm 12 Jul 11

scorpio63 said :

LOL what’s 10 years between friends Frots (born in 63 not 53) LOL!!

Oh damn my eyes!! Sorry my friend – its age catching me faster than I can run!!! Have a great day Scorpio13!!!

Good LOL though!

scorpio63 scorpio63 9:01 pm 12 Jul 11

LOL what’s 10 years between friends Frots (born in 63 not 53) LOL!!

Typsy McStaggers Typsy McStaggers 11:43 am 12 Jul 11

My little story that changed the way I think …

I’d always had a very agnostic view to anything labelled occult or supernatural, probably leaning more towards the sceptic side as I felt a lot of people look for signs, that was up until about a year ago.

A good mate had often spoken of a ghost in his new house (in Holder) that patrolled a guest room at the back of the house and the hallway, a claim I didn’t take seriously because he often spoke of such ‘things’ and these ‘things’ never presented themselves to me so didn’t think much of it. When he and his partner go away, I generally dog-sit their two huge Labradors and agreed to do this for a week in the new place while they went on holiday. No dramas.

Straight away, on arrival, I did feel that there was something/someone in there with me, monitoring me from the back of the house, watching me with disapproval. But it didn’t actually worry me too much. This feeling strengthened the longer I was there, a feeling I’ve never had before. I really felt the presence of an older female but again, shrugged it off as an over-active imagination.

One evening late in the week I was on the throne in the dunny at the back of the house outside where the hallway met the guest room. The two dogs suddenly scuttled down the hallway to where I was and while the female dog sat herself in front of me looking at the doorway (door was open, gross, I know) the male stood alert just outside the door looking directly into the guest room (where I slept). That particular dog never, ever barks unless something is very wrong and he went into a barking frenzy, hair on his back spiked up, focusing on the back corner of the guest room at something in particular. Suddenly he lurched back a few steps as if something had come at him, it seemed to scare him and he came and sat in front of me with the other dog still watching the door way. It was then I saw … something. It was like a human figure but not clearly defined, sort of like a pixelation in thin air that moved down the hall from guest room. No alcohol or anything else involved at the time, and no doubt there was something there, something I’d never seen or experienced before. It was there, whatever it was.

After that, a calmness prevailed.

The weird thing was personally, I get spooked by horror movies, jump a mile in ‘suspense thrillers’ designed to make you jump, and always thought that an encounter with something like this would make me run for my life. If I walked into a house and something said ‘get out’, I’d get out post haste. But this did not scare me or even really bother me at the time at all. I felt totally safe, even though I had the distinct feeling she wanted me out and was being aggressive about it. It was a bit like you would feel if a big dog was gnarling it’s teeth at you behind a big, solid fence. Totally unperturbed and I have no explanation for that reaction, or lack of, and continued to sleep in that room no problem. It wasn’t until I’d processed it later on that I thought OMG.

I believe now she was annoyed at the male dog for trying to protect me, or maybe for identifying where she was. I’ve been told dogs can see things we cannot, but not sure about that.

On my mates return I of course mentioned it to him and he rolled his eyes and told me the story of the former owners being an older chronic alcoholic woman who locked herself in that guest room all day every day and the husband who took care of her best he could. She died there an angry, troubled soul – this all according to the husband who sold the house after she passed and felt it appropriate, for some reason, to share the history of the place.

According to my mate he got sick of her being a general nuisance, scaring the dogs etc about six months later and asked her to leave and she slowly did.

I’ve never had anything significant happen other than that.

The Frots The Frots 10:26 am 12 Jul 11

Thumper said :

Scorpio,

I’d be really interested to see the photo if you can dig it up again.

+1 – and thanks Scorpio53 for the resposnse.

Thumper Thumper 9:33 am 12 Jul 11

Scorpio,

I’d be really interested to see the photo if you can dig it up again.

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