Canberra’s creepiest locations?

Hacketthead 10 October 2012 49

I was wondering what Canberrans would consider to be the creepiest locations around town?  I used to live in Ipima Street, Braddon, in the days before the houses were demolished to make way for high density accommodation and I always found Haig Park to be a bit creepy.  The fact it had a reputation as a gay beat and I had heard stories of gay bashings happening there might have influenced my perception but there’s something about it which just doesn’t sit right with me.  I always thought one day I’d come across a body dangling from one of the pines. 
The other place I thought was creepy was crossing the old Woden Cemetary just on dusk after visiting a friend in the Hospital.  I think I was lucky, as I’ve heard of people being mugged in there.  Your thoughts?

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batmantrilogy batmantrilogy 8:15 pm 04 Nov 15

Personally i have never sensed super natural stuff until now but yet from the stories i have heard, it certainly gives you chills.
Old parliament house pretty famous for that.

Alderney Alderney 7:56 pm 12 Oct 12

eily said :

sarahsarah said :

Alderney said :

Hacketthead said :

A location I pass every day on the way to work which has a creepy history is the road up to the Red Hill Lookout, off Mugga Way in Deakin. In his book “Australian Tragic”, the journalist Jack Marx relates a story from I think it was 1954. A nursing student and her boyfriend were driving back to Canberra from Queanbeyan, and had an accident. The boyfriend was really badly, critically hurt, and the nursing student broke her pelvis. A car came by, and the driver said he’d take the nursing student to hospital and get an ambulance for the boyfriend. Turns out the driver was a serial sex offender, who had just been released from prison. He took the nursing student up to the road which runs up Red Hill, and raped her there. What kind of sadist rapes a woman with a broken pelvis? It beggars belief. Anyway the bloke was caught, and found guilty. In those days, rape was a capital offence. He was sentenced to death and hanged, I can’t remember if he was executed in Goulburn or Sydney.

Last person hanged in NSW was John Trevor Kelly – 24 August 1939 – Hanged at Long Bay Gaol for the murder of Marjorie Constance Sommerlad at Tenterfield, NSW.

You’ll have to dig a little deeper than what you’ve provided.

He was sentenced to death by hanging (ACT’s first death sentence) but I can’t find anything to say that the sentence was carried out.

http://trove.nla.gov.au/ndp/del/page/3101671

Vincent George Dixon’s death sentence was commuted to life on 15 March 1953. If you impute his name into trove search engine quite a few items come up under it.

…and the mystery is solved.

Many hands make light work.

eily eily 7:33 pm 12 Oct 12

sarahsarah said :

Alderney said :

Hacketthead said :

A location I pass every day on the way to work which has a creepy history is the road up to the Red Hill Lookout, off Mugga Way in Deakin. In his book “Australian Tragic”, the journalist Jack Marx relates a story from I think it was 1954. A nursing student and her boyfriend were driving back to Canberra from Queanbeyan, and had an accident. The boyfriend was really badly, critically hurt, and the nursing student broke her pelvis. A car came by, and the driver said he’d take the nursing student to hospital and get an ambulance for the boyfriend. Turns out the driver was a serial sex offender, who had just been released from prison. He took the nursing student up to the road which runs up Red Hill, and raped her there. What kind of sadist rapes a woman with a broken pelvis? It beggars belief. Anyway the bloke was caught, and found guilty. In those days, rape was a capital offence. He was sentenced to death and hanged, I can’t remember if he was executed in Goulburn or Sydney.

Last person hanged in NSW was John Trevor Kelly – 24 August 1939 – Hanged at Long Bay Gaol for the murder of Marjorie Constance Sommerlad at Tenterfield, NSW.

You’ll have to dig a little deeper than what you’ve provided.

He was sentenced to death by hanging (ACT’s first death sentence) but I can’t find anything to say that the sentence was carried out.

http://trove.nla.gov.au/ndp/del/page/3101671

Vincent George Dixon’s death sentence was commuted to life on 15 March 1953. If you impute his name into trove search engine quite a few items come up under it.

Thumper Thumper 6:59 pm 12 Oct 12
Pork Hunt Pork Hunt 6:34 pm 12 Oct 12

poetix said :

poetix said :

Garema Place…

If you think that those carousel horses are locked up to protect the machine, you are wrong. After the third person was killed, they tried to cage the beasts. But the night mares still roam free, creating a race of pimply faced zombies, who wonder aimlessly through the world’s least inspired city centre.

Or wander, even.

I saw nothing wrong with “wondering aimlessly”…. Sounds like a perfectly reasonable pastime.

Pork Hunt Pork Hunt 6:31 pm 12 Oct 12

Hacketthead said :

Juliana House, where I first started working as a teenager in 1991, is looking a bit forlorn – I don’t think it has any tennants at the moment. I remember people saying that place was haunted, apparently a worker was killed when they were building it, and the lifts would go up and down at night of their own accord. I don’t know if that’s true or just an urban legend. The area behind the Soul Bar formerly known as the Contented Soul in Woden is also a bit spooky looking – all overgrown, with the ground floor windows of the surrounding office buildings boarded up and graffitied.

Lifts will park themselves at a specified floor level after a specified period of inactivity. Thus it is not uncommon for lifts to move “by themselves” in the middle of the night.

Masquara Masquara 6:16 pm 12 Oct 12

4 Baudin Crescent Forrest is kinda creepy. A room behind the house had to be demolished by the owners because of the tragic & mysterious death of a young woman there. Apparently the vibe still hung around, because the owners still sold up and moved out.

sarahsarah sarahsarah 6:09 pm 12 Oct 12

Alderney said :

Hacketthead said :

A location I pass every day on the way to work which has a creepy history is the road up to the Red Hill Lookout, off Mugga Way in Deakin. In his book “Australian Tragic”, the journalist Jack Marx relates a story from I think it was 1954. A nursing student and her boyfriend were driving back to Canberra from Queanbeyan, and had an accident. The boyfriend was really badly, critically hurt, and the nursing student broke her pelvis. A car came by, and the driver said he’d take the nursing student to hospital and get an ambulance for the boyfriend. Turns out the driver was a serial sex offender, who had just been released from prison. He took the nursing student up to the road which runs up Red Hill, and raped her there. What kind of sadist rapes a woman with a broken pelvis? It beggars belief. Anyway the bloke was caught, and found guilty. In those days, rape was a capital offence. He was sentenced to death and hanged, I can’t remember if he was executed in Goulburn or Sydney.

Last person hanged in NSW was John Trevor Kelly – 24 August 1939 – Hanged at Long Bay Gaol for the murder of Marjorie Constance Sommerlad at Tenterfield, NSW.

You’ll have to dig a little deeper than what you’ve provided.

He was sentenced to death by hanging (ACT’s first death sentence) but I can’t find anything to say that the sentence was carried out.

http://trove.nla.gov.au/ndp/del/page/3101671

Girt_Hindrance Girt_Hindrance 3:43 pm 12 Oct 12

Alderney said :

molongloid said :

Mary Celeste at http://goo.gl/maps/FeCMf 10 Wongoola Close, O’Connor. The white car has been sitting there with flat tyres for years. Further down the drive way is an old car with shrubs growing up through it. Broken windows on the house.

I don’t know much about O’Connor, but the kid across the road from No. 10 behind the gate looks kinda creepy…

The kid behind the gate? There’s also a face behind the railing near the front door…

Alderney Alderney 2:52 pm 12 Oct 12

molongloid said :

Mary Celeste at http://goo.gl/maps/FeCMf 10 Wongoola Close, O’Connor. The white car has been sitting there with flat tyres for years. Further down the drive way is an old car with shrubs growing up through it. Broken windows on the house.

I don’t know much about O’Connor, but the kid across the road from No. 10 behind the gate looks kinda creepy…

Alderney Alderney 2:50 pm 12 Oct 12

Hacketthead said :

A location I pass every day on the way to work which has a creepy history is the road up to the Red Hill Lookout, off Mugga Way in Deakin. In his book “Australian Tragic”, the journalist Jack Marx relates a story from I think it was 1954. A nursing student and her boyfriend were driving back to Canberra from Queanbeyan, and had an accident. The boyfriend was really badly, critically hurt, and the nursing student broke her pelvis. A car came by, and the driver said he’d take the nursing student to hospital and get an ambulance for the boyfriend. Turns out the driver was a serial sex offender, who had just been released from prison. He took the nursing student up to the road which runs up Red Hill, and raped her there. What kind of sadist rapes a woman with a broken pelvis? It beggars belief. Anyway the bloke was caught, and found guilty. In those days, rape was a capital offence. He was sentenced to death and hanged, I can’t remember if he was executed in Goulburn or Sydney.

Last person hanged in NSW was John Trevor Kelly – 24 August 1939 – Hanged at Long Bay Gaol for the murder of Marjorie Constance Sommerlad at Tenterfield, NSW.

You’ll have to dig a little deeper than what you’ve provided.

Pitchka Pitchka 1:54 pm 12 Oct 12

Has henry_bg posted his home address yet? I wreckon that would be a creepy location…

c_c c_c 1:54 pm 12 Oct 12

Also I’m going to vote the new ‘Loading Zone’ restaurant in Odgers Lane, the Melbourne building. Alfresco dining, right beside the seedy back door to Club X.

c_c c_c 1:35 pm 12 Oct 12

Philip Pocock doesn’t have a a bedroom obviously. He sleeps standing up in his kitchen, contained in a large vessel filled with Sulfur Hexafluoride so that each morning, he reemerges with this same, stern, heavy face: http://images.canberratimes.com.au/2012/10/02/3682740/LI-art-wd-pocock-20121002185638506740-620×349.jpg

astrojax astrojax 1:26 pm 12 Oct 12

Hacketthead said :

In those days, rape was a capital offence. He was sentenced to death and hanged, I can’t remember if he was executed in Goulburn or Sydney.

aah, the days of common sense…

i’m not one who has any truck with belief in a spritual world, but i was none to keen to spend too much time in the small numbers in the am while a night porter many years back in the fifth floor of the rex hotel – home to old files, remnants of repair and god knows what creepy lurky things make me shiver to recall…

Mr Evil Mr Evil 1:15 pm 12 Oct 12

Philip Pocock’s bedroom?

Hacketthead Hacketthead 1:05 pm 12 Oct 12

A location I pass every day on the way to work which has a creepy history is the road up to the Red Hill Lookout, off Mugga Way in Deakin. In his book “Australian Tragic”, the journalist Jack Marx relates a story from I think it was 1954. A nursing student and her boyfriend were driving back to Canberra from Queanbeyan, and had an accident. The boyfriend was really badly, critically hurt, and the nursing student broke her pelvis. A car came by, and the driver said he’d take the nursing student to hospital and get an ambulance for the boyfriend. Turns out the driver was a serial sex offender, who had just been released from prison. He took the nursing student up to the road which runs up Red Hill, and raped her there. What kind of sadist rapes a woman with a broken pelvis? It beggars belief. Anyway the bloke was caught, and found guilty. In those days, rape was a capital offence. He was sentenced to death and hanged, I can’t remember if he was executed in Goulburn or Sydney.

LSWCHP LSWCHP 8:26 pm 11 Oct 12

molongloid said :

Mary Celeste at http://goo.gl/maps/FeCMf 10 Wongoola Close, O’Connor. The white car has been sitting there with flat tyres for years. Further down the drive way is an old car with shrubs growing up through it. Broken windows on the house.

That’s nothing. A bloke who lives near me has had an old Sigma sitting on flat tyres in his driveway for at least seven years. He (is a bit peculiar and) reckons it will make burglars think “someone is at home”. A few years ago it was joined by his crappy Falcon when it died. And his current vehicle ain’t sounding so healthy either.

farnarkler farnarkler 8:23 pm 11 Oct 12

Government house with the Yarralumla blackfella ghost.

Leo61 Leo61 7:37 pm 11 Oct 12

I’ve been here since 1965 and I’d never had a creepy moment until I saw the “Moth Ascending” on Drakeford drive in Tuggeranong.

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