10 Spooky Melbourne Places
Here's a list of the top 10 spooky places in Melbourne you should visit but be warned, you may want to take a (brave) friend with you after dark.
Queen Victoria Market
Did you know that Queen Victoria Market is actually (partly) built on a graveyard? In fact, the market's carpark is built on the burial site of 9000 people. According to legend, there are a few ghosts who haunt the market - including three bushrangers, who were hanged for their crimes, and sometimes appear in the fruit section of the market after dark.
It's one of Melbourne's oldest buildings, and at 140 years of age is certainly one of its oldest pubs. Nestled amongst the tall buildings in Bank Place, the tavern was once home to Sir Rupert Clarke and his mistress Connie Waugh. Some say Connie killed herself in the building, others, that she died of the flu. Whatever the story, her apparition has been seen over the Mitre Tavern's balcony in a long white dress.
It's a fantastic place to shop, but the QV building in the heart of Melbourne's CBD also has a spooky side. QV was the site of the Queen Victoria Women's Hospital which was in operation until 1989 in Lonsdale Street. Security guards who work at QV have reportedly seen the ghosts of wandering nurses in the building. One of them reportedly points to where the children's ward used to be.
On March 3, 1888 baritone Frederick Federici was playing the devil Mephistopheles in a performance of the opera Faust. As he was being lowered into the stage, delivering his final lines of the show, he suddenly had a heart attack and died. He was apparently seen bowing to the audience after his death and has reportedly been seen in the theatre from time to time since that day.
Crowds wearing their Sunday-best [clothes] visit Luna Park, circa 1913. The Mr Moon face entrance and flanking towers and Scenic Railway - the oldest continually-operating roller coaster in the world.
A mystery wrapped in a riddle, that's the story behind 'Joker Ghost' of Luna Park - the apparition of a man who appears on the Scenic Railway rollercoaster and ferris wheel at Luna Park in St Kilda. He has appeared momentarily to patrons on the rides before disappearing. There are a few theories as to who the ghost may be - a snake charmer killed by his own snake in 1913 or a man killed by falling from the Scenic Railway in the 1920s. Whatever the story, he's sure to add a thrill to any ride at the park.
Old Melbourne Gaol
Around 135 convicted criminals were hanged at the Old Melbourne Gaol for their crimes - including bushranger Ned Kelly. So it's no surprise that a few ghosts would be haunting the building in Russell Street. Ghostly prisoners in old fashioned prison garb and others with grotesque faces have been seen over the years by staff and ghost investigators alike.
The big house in Coburg also known as Pentridge Prison has been home to some of Melbourne's most notorious crooks including underworld identities Carl Williams and Mark 'Chopper' Read. In 2013, Chopper passed away from liver failure and is said to haunt D Division of the prison, where he spent a lot of time locked up. His voice has been heard in the area during tours.
Built in 1900, Bundoora Homestead has a long history in Melbourne. It's now used as an arts centre, but the house has been used as a horse stud, convalescent farm and mental repatriation hospital for returned soldiers over the years. There are a few ghosts who are said to haunt the homestead including George, a World War I veteran who was a patient at the hospital and who is known to close doors without warning. There's also Lurline, the spectre of a horse who visits the grave of horses she shared a stable with. She was accidentally shot dead by rabbiters in the early 1900s.
This home, also known as Laverton Homestead, is 15 km west of Melbourne's CBD and has long been studied by occult experts who say there are at least 11 ghosts there. The home was originally owned by Alfred and Sarah Langhorne who lived there in the mid-1800s. Many say the home is haunted by Sarah who died from Parkinson's disease in 1871. She has been seen peering out of a window of the house and blamed for other spooky occurrences at the home.
Popular for weddings, Como House in South Yarra is another of Melbourne's historic homes haunted by ghosts of the past. One of them is seven-year-old Ethel Armytage who died in the home in 1872 of diphtheria. She has been spotted by wedding planners in the home's morning room. Her mother, Carolyn, who died in 1909 in an upstairs room from a heart attack has also been seen. Both are known to be friendly ghosts.
Article Source: Spooky Melbourne: 10 places to visit with great ghost stories
Published on October 31, 2017 1:55 PM
by Melissa Heagney | theweeklyreview.com.au
10 Spooky Melbourne Places
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