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Title: Haunted Locations Throughout the World
Post by: Danielle Marshall on July 14, 2009, 01:21:54 am
List of reportedly haunted locations

Australia

Alkimos (ship)

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The Alkimos was a merchant shipping vessel which was wrecked on the coast north of Perth, Western Australia, in 1963. The wreck still exists and is the subject of many mysterious rumours and stories. It is listed as a diving venue, but is also the subject of cautionary advice by diving experts. Many who have worked or otherwise ventured on board the wreck in the past now report that they would be reluctant to visit it again. It has thus become of interest to ghost hunters as well as scientific study or historical scholarship.


Title: Re: List of reportedly haunted locations
Post by: Danielle Marshall on July 14, 2009, 01:22:31 am
The ship was built as part of the United States' Liberty ship program during World War II. It was launched in Baltimore in 1943 and was originally scheduled to be named George M. Shriver. The ship was instead christened Viggo Hansteen and saw war service for about 18 months. After the war it was sold to a Greek shipping company and renamed Alkimos (Greek for "strong"; also the father of Mentor).

As Alkimos, the ship plied the world's oceans for some two decades. In March 1963, the vessel was on a voyage from Jakarta to Bunbury when it struck a reef off the Western Australian coast. It was salvaged and towed to Fremantle, the port city for Perth, where it underwent repairs for two months. After settlement of a dispute concerning payment for the repairs, the Alkimos left Fremantle under tow by an ocean-going tug from Hong Kong.


Title: Re: List of reportedly haunted locations
Post by: Danielle Marshall on July 14, 2009, 01:22:48 am
Only a few hours out of port, the tow line gave way and the Alkimos was driven onto the shore. Although the ship remained intact, it could not be floated off at that time, and so it was filled with water to secure it in place and left in the charge of an on-board caretaker. Another tug returned in January 1964 and the ship was refloated, but the planned journey to Manila had hardly begun when the tug was seized at sea by authorities and the Alkimos was left anchored. In May 1964, the vessel broke anchor and was driven onto the Eglinton Rocks near present-day Yanchep. On this occasion it was more severely damaged, and all thought of salvaging it intact was abandoned. It was sold by the owners for the purposes of scrapping. However, even that outcome was thwarted when, in 1969, salvage workers were driven off the wreck by a fire which broke out, and since that time the partly dismantled remains of the ship have been left, standing in several metres of water, very visible to visitors to the location.

As of April 2007 the structure was almost fully disintegrated above the water line to the point where only the engine block is visible from the beach.


Title: Re: List of reportedly haunted locations
Post by: Danielle Marshall on July 14, 2009, 01:23:15 am
Ghost stories

A variety of events and allegations throughout the vessel's history have given rise to it being regarded as being 'jinxed', cursed or haunted, both during its working life and since it was wrecked. This aspect is the main focus of present-day interest in the ship.

Regular references are made in radio and television shows regarding the superstitions. Jack Sue, who co-authored a book on the subject, has appeared on ABC television describing the hauntings.


Title: Re: List of reportedly haunted locations
Post by: Danielle Marshall on July 14, 2009, 01:24:57 am
Beechworth Asylum

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Beechworth Asylum. Photo by John T Collins circa 1880
Geography
Location    Beechworth,, Victoria, Australia
Organisation
Hospital type    Specialist
Services
Emergency department    Not Applicable
Beds    1200
Speciality    Psychiatric
History
Founded    1867
Closed    1995
Links
Website    None
Lists    Hospitals in Australia
Other links    List of Australian mental asylums


Title: Re: List of reportedly haunted locations
Post by: Danielle Marshall on July 14, 2009, 01:25:43 am
Beechworth Lunatic Asylum is a decommissioned psychiatric hospital located in Beechworth, a town of Victoria, Australia.

One of the distinctive features of both Kew Asylum and Beechworth Asylum is the use of a variation on Ha-Ha walls around the patients courtyards. These ha-has consisted of a trench, one side of which was vertical and faced with stone or bricks, the other side sloped and turfed. From the inside, the walls presented at tall face to patients, preventing them from escaping, while from outside the walls looked low so as not to suggest imprisonment[1].


Title: Re: List of reportedly haunted locations
Post by: Danielle Marshall on July 14, 2009, 01:26:48 am
Admission process

People could be admitted to the asylum as a lunatic patient by a number of means

    * At the request of a friend, relative or acquaintance, with medical certificates written by two medical practitioners. This method was amended by The Mental Health Act 1959 which stated a person could be admitted upon the


Title: Re: List of reportedly haunted locations
Post by: Danielle Marshall on July 14, 2009, 01:27:53 am
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Example of the type of ha-ha walls seen at Kew Asylum


Title: Re: List of reportedly haunted locations
Post by: Danielle Marshall on July 14, 2009, 01:28:49 am
    * recommendation of a medical practitioner who had examined the person. As soon as possible after admission the superintendent of the hospital was required to examine the patient and either approve the recommended admission or discharge the patient.
    * Any (lunatic) person found wandering at large or not under proper care and control could be brought before two justices who could order the person's removal to an asylum. The police were usually responsible for bringing the person before the two justices.
    * Any prisoner of the Crown thought to be a lunatic could be removed from a gaol to an asylum by order of the Chief Secretary.
    * Voluntary Boarders were those who requested that they be admitted for a mutually agreed period of time (from 1915 onwards).[2]

To be admitted, only two signatures were required. To be discharged, eight signatures were required, thus it was a lot harder to get out than to get in.


Title: Re: List of reportedly haunted locations
Post by: Danielle Marshall on July 14, 2009, 01:29:44 am
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Beechworth Asylum. Photo circa 1867


Title: Re: List of reportedly haunted locations
Post by: Danielle Marshall on July 14, 2009, 01:35:01 am
Monte Cristo Homestead

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Monte Christo Homestead is an historic Australian property located in the town of Junee, New South Wales. Constructed by local pioneer Christopher William Crawley in 1885 it is a double story late Victorian manor standing on a hill overlooking the town.

The Crawley family remained in residence until 1948. The house then stood empty under the care of several caretakers until 1963 when it was purchased by Reg and Olive Ryan who restored it to its current condition. It operates as a museum, antique store and tourist attraction.



Title: Re: List of reportedly haunted locations
Post by: Danielle Marshall on July 14, 2009, 01:45:58 am
Monte Cristo is claimed to be Australia's most haunted house, with reports of ghostly figures, strange lights, invisible forcefields, phantom sounds and animal mutilations. These are attributed to several tragic incidents in the property's past including the murder of a caretaker in 1961 and the imprisonment of a mentally impaired man for many years in the dairy. During the Crawleys' occupation a young child is said to have been fatally dropped down the stairs, a maid to have fallen from the balcony, and a stable boy to have been burnt to death.

Monte Cristo's reputation is well known within Australia, thanks partially to several television shows including segments on the property. These include current affairs show Big Country in 1977, travel show Getaway in 1992 and the paranormal based game/reality show Scream Test in 2000.


Title: Re: List of reportedly haunted locations
Post by: Danielle Marshall on July 14, 2009, 02:06:32 am
List of reportedly haunted locations


http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_haunted_locations


Title: Re: Haunted Locations Throughout the World
Post by: Danielle Marshall on July 14, 2009, 11:03:21 pm
Port Arthur, Tasmania

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The iconic view of the penitentiary originally built as a flour mill, across the water.
Population:    499 [1]
Established:    1830
Postcode:    7182
Elevation:    192 m (630 ft) [2]
Location:    

    * 95 km (59 mi) SE of Hobart
    * 19 km (12 mi) S of Eaglehawk Neck

LGA:    Tasman Council
State District:    Lyons
Federal Division:    Lyons
Mean Max Temp    Mean Min Temp    Annual Rainfall
14.8 °C
59 °F    8.2 °C
47 °F    1,148.8 mm
45.2 in


Title: Re: Haunted Locations Throughout the World
Post by: Danielle Marshall on July 14, 2009, 11:03:37 pm
Port Arthur is a small town and former convict settlement on the Tasman Peninsula, in Tasmania, Australia. Port Arthur is one of Australia's most significant heritage areas and the open air museum is officially Tasmania's top tourist attraction. Known for its harsh conditions, dark history and stark beauty, it is located approximately 60 km south east of the state capital, Hobart. In 1996 it was the scene of the worst mass murder event in post-colonial Australian history.


Title: Re: Haunted Locations Throughout the World
Post by: Danielle Marshall on July 14, 2009, 11:04:23 pm
Port Arthur is located approximately 60 km south east of the state capital, Hobart, on the Tasman Peninsula. The scenic drive from Hobart, via the Tasman Highway to Sorell and the Arthur Highway to Port Arthur, takes around 90 minutes and covers approximately 80 km. Transport from Hobart to the site is also available via ferry or sea plane.

At the 2006 census, Port Arthur and the surrounding area had a population of 499.[1]


Title: Re: Haunted Locations Throughout the World
Post by: Danielle Marshall on July 14, 2009, 11:05:08 pm
(http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/4/4f/Port_arthur_outside.jpg/800px-Port_arthur_outside.jpg)

Port Arthur Prison Colony site


Title: Re: Haunted Locations Throughout the World
Post by: Danielle Marshall on July 14, 2009, 11:05:25 pm
Port Arthur was named after Van Diemen's Land lieutenant governor George Arthur. The settlement started as a timber station in 1830, but it is best known for being a penal colony.

From 1833, until the 1850s, it was the destination for the hardest of convicted British and Irish criminals, those who were secondary offenders having re-offended after their arrival in Australia. Rebellious personalities from other convict stations were also sent here, a quite undesirable punishment. In addition Port Arthur had some of the strictest security measures of the British penal system.

One example is the "Separate Prison" system based on Pentonville prison in London. The Separate Prison (sometimes known as The Model Prison) was completed in 1853 and extended in 1855. The 80 cell prison was built in the shape of a cross with radial exercise yards around a central hall and chapel.[3] It signalled a shift from physical punishment to psychological punishment. It was thought that the hard corporal punishment, such as whippings, used in other penal stations only served to harden criminals, and did nothing to turn them from their immoral ways. Under this system of punishment the "Silent System" was implemented in the building. Here prisoners were hooded and made to stay silent, this was supposed to allow time for the prisoner to reflect upon the actions which had brought him there. In many ways Port Arthur was the pin-up for many of the penal reform movement, despite shipping, housing and slave-labour use of convicts being as harsh, or worse, than others stations around the nation.


Title: Re: Haunted Locations Throughout the World
Post by: Danielle Marshall on July 14, 2009, 11:05:46 pm
The peninsula on which Port Arthur is located is a naturally secure site by being surrounded by water (rumoured by the administration to be shark-infested). The 30m wide isthmus of Eaglehawk Neck that was the only connection to the mainland was fenced and guarded by soldiers and half-starved dogs.

Contact between visiting seamen and prisoners was barred. Ships had to check in their sails and oars upon landing to prevent any escapes. However, many attempts were made, and some were successful. Boats were seized and rowed or sailed long distances to freedom.

In 1836, a tramway was established between Taranna and a jetty in Long Bay, north of Port Arthur. The sole propulsion was convicts[4].


Title: Re: Haunted Locations Throughout the World
Post by: Danielle Marshall on July 14, 2009, 11:06:24 pm
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Inside the separate prison, Port Arthur, Tasmania


Title: Re: Haunted Locations Throughout the World
Post by: Danielle Marshall on July 14, 2009, 11:06:40 pm
Port Arthur was sold as an inescapable prison, much like the later Alcatraz Island in the United States. Some prisoners were not discouraged by this, and tried to escape. Martin Cash successfully escaped along with two others. One of the most infamous incidents, simply for its bizarreness, was the escape attempt of one George "Billy" Hunt. Hunt disguised himself using a kangaroo hide and tried to flee across the Neck, but the half-starved guards on duty tried to shoot him to supplement their meager rations. When he noticed them sighting him up, Hunt threw off his disguise and surrendered, receiving 150 lashes.

Port Arthur was also the destination for juvenile convicts, receiving many boys, some as young as nine arrested for stealing toys. The boys were separated from the main convict population and kept on Point Puer, the British Empire's first boys' prison. Like the adults, the boys were used in hard labour such as stone cutting and construction. One of the buildings constructed was one of Australia's first non-denominational churches, built in a gothic style. Attendance of the weekly Sunday service was compulsory for the prison population, critics of the new system noted that this and other measures seemed to have negligible impact on reformation.


Title: Re: Haunted Locations Throughout the World
Post by: Danielle Marshall on July 14, 2009, 11:07:03 pm
Despite its badge as a pioneer in the new nicer age of imprisonment, Port Arthur was still as harsh and brutal as other penal settlements. Some critics might even suggest that its use of psychological punishment, compounded with no hope of escape, made it one of the worst. Some tales suggest that prisoners committed murder (an offence punishable by death) just to escape the desolation of life at the camp. The Island of the Dead was the destination for all who died inside the prison camps. Of the 1646 graves recorded to exist there, only 180, those of prison staff and military personnel, are marked. The prison closed in 1877.

Today Port Arthur is home to many reputed cases of haunting and ghosts - particularly of convict origin. These include cases of cells with ghostly screams and empty rocking chairs that move.


Title: Re: Haunted Locations Throughout the World
Post by: Danielle Marshall on July 14, 2009, 11:08:08 pm
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A postcard depicting a convict team ploughing a farm at Port Arthur. Dated 1926.


Title: Re: Haunted Locations Throughout the World
Post by: Danielle Marshall on July 14, 2009, 11:08:35 pm
(http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/c/c3/PortArthurConvictChurch.jpg)

Convict-built church at Port Arthur


Title: Re: Haunted Locations Throughout the World
Post by: Danielle Marshall on July 14, 2009, 11:09:10 pm
From hellhole to haven: tourism development

After the closure of the penal colony the site was renamed to "Carnavon". During the 1880s the land in and around the site was sold off to the public and a community was established. Devastating fires tore through the area in 1895 and 1897 gutting the old prison buildings, leading to the establishment of the new town, with post office and other facilities.


Title: Re: Haunted Locations Throughout the World
Post by: Danielle Marshall on July 14, 2009, 11:09:54 pm
(http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/f/f2/Port_Arthur_Panorama.jpg/800px-Port_Arthur_Panorama.jpg)

Panorama of the Port Arthur site


Title: Re: Haunted Locations Throughout the World
Post by: Danielle Marshall on July 14, 2009, 11:10:18 pm
Tourism started up almost as soon as the last convicts had left, supplying the new residents with a source of income, part of its undoubtedly due to its unsavoury past, and the ghost stories that accompany it. In 1927 tourism had grown to the point where the area's name was reverted to Port Arthur. 1916 saw the establishment of the Scenery Preservation Board (SPB) which took the management of Port Arthur out of the hands of the locals. By the 1970s the National Parks and Wildlife Service began managing the site.


Title: Re: Haunted Locations Throughout the World
Post by: Danielle Marshall on July 14, 2009, 11:10:34 pm
In 1979 funding was received to preserve the site as a tourist destination, due to its historical significance. The "working" elements of the Port Arthur community such as the post office and municipal offices were moved to nearby Nubeena. Several magnificent sandstone structures, built by convicts working under hard labour conditions, were cleaned of ivy overgrowth and restored to a condition similar to their appearance in the 19th century. Buildings include the "Model Prison", the Round Tower, the church, and the remnants of the main penitentiary. The buildings are surrounded by lush green parkland.

The mass graves on The Island of the Dead also attract visitors. The air about the small bush-covered island being described as possessing "melancholic" and "tranquil" qualities by visitors.


Title: Re: Haunted Locations Throughout the World
Post by: Danielle Marshall on July 14, 2009, 11:10:49 pm
Tourists can either survey the site for themselves, or participate in guided tours, including late night "ghost tours". There is also a museum, containing written records, tools, clothing and other curiosities from convict times.

Since 1987 the site has been managed by the Port Arthur Historic Site Management Authority, funded by the Tasmanian Government.


Title: Re: Haunted Locations Throughout the World
Post by: Danielle Marshall on July 14, 2009, 11:11:29 pm
(http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/6/6c/Port_Arthur_Seeseite.jpg/800px-Port_Arthur_Seeseite.jpg)

Port Arthur, Tasmania


Title: Re: Haunted Locations Throughout the World
Post by: Danielle Marshall on July 14, 2009, 11:12:00 pm
(http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/2/2d/Portarthurwaterfrontold.jpg/800px-Portarthurwaterfrontold.jpg)

Port Arthur as a busy port in the 1870s


Title: Re: Haunted Locations Throughout the World
Post by: Danielle Marshall on July 14, 2009, 11:12:32 pm
Massacre

On 28 April 1996, Martin Bryant went on a killing spree at Port Arthur, murdering 35 people and wounding 21 more before being captured by Special Operatives Police. This led to a national ban on semi-automatic shotguns and rifles. It also forged a relationship between the town and Dunblane, a Scottish town which suffered a similar incident earlier that year.


Title: Re: Haunted Locations Throughout the World
Post by: Danielle Marshall on July 14, 2009, 11:13:35 pm
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Island of the Dead


Title: Re: Haunted Locations Throughout the World
Post by: Danielle Marshall on July 14, 2009, 11:14:18 pm
# Port Arthur, Tasmania Tasmania. A large number of visitors to the site report seeing spectres of past convicts and others wandering through the grounds. Stories of ghostly interactions are recorded from the 1870s to the present day with many of these modern sighting recorded on the nightly ghost tours held at the site.[4]


Title: Re: Haunted Locations Throughout the World
Post by: Danielle Marshall on July 14, 2009, 11:15:21 pm
Ballarat Gaol

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Front of the Ballarat Gaol


Title: Re: Haunted Locations Throughout the World
Post by: Danielle Marshall on July 14, 2009, 11:16:07 pm
The Former Ballarat Gaol was one of the earliest constructions as part of the great gaol building programme which was a result of the report of the Select Committee on Prison Discipline of September 1857.

All prisons built in Victoria after 1851 adopted London's Pentonville Prison design of 1842, which carried on a revolution in prison design begun in 1829 by Eastern State Penitentiary in Philadelphia. The complex was based on a central hall from which radiated wings of cells. The principle of the design being that one guard would stand in the centre of the hall and at one glance survey all cells. [1]

The construction of the gaol began in 1856 and the first cell blocks were completed by 1857. It was completed in 1862 with 58 cells designed to hold a mixture of 74 male and female prisoners. In 1862 a tunnel was constructed to join the gaol to Ballarat Courthouse next door. This allowed for the safe transfer of prisoners. The prison was closed in 1965.[1]

Most of the gaol was demolished to allow the School of Mines Ballarat to expand onto the site. The remaining structures at the site include the main gate, warden's residence and governor's residence. These buildings are now used by the University of Ballarat.

The site is listed on the Victorian Heritage Register.


Title: Re: Haunted Locations Throughout the World
Post by: Danielle Marshall on July 14, 2009, 11:16:49 pm
(http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/e/e3/Gaol_tower.JPG/450px-Gaol_tower.JPG)

Remaining guard tower at the old Ballarat Gaol


Title: Re: Haunted Locations Throughout the World
Post by: Danielle Marshall on July 14, 2009, 11:17:16 pm
The Old Ballarat Gaol in Ballarat. Thirteen people were executed here. The remains of 7 criminals are still in the grounds. Features in Ballarat Ghost Tours, operating nightly.[5]


Title: Re: Haunted Locations Throughout the World
Post by: Danielle Marshall on July 14, 2009, 11:18:59 pm
Princess Theatre, Melbourne

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Spring Street facade
Address    
163 Spring Street
City    
Melbourne
Country    Australia
Designation    Victorian Heritage Register
Architect    William Pitt
Owned by    Marriner Theatres
Capacity    1488 seats
Opened    1857
Years active    1857-
Current use    musicals, opera
www.marrinertheatres.com.au/hireprincess.htm


Title: Re: Haunted Locations Throughout the World
Post by: Danielle Marshall on July 14, 2009, 11:19:17 pm
The Princess Theatre is a 1488-seat theatre in Melbourne, Australia.

It is listed by the National Trust of Australia and is on the Victorian Heritage Register.


Title: Re: Haunted Locations Throughout the World
Post by: Danielle Marshall on July 14, 2009, 11:19:30 pm
It was first erected in 1854 by actor-manager George Coppin, who would create Melbourne's theatre land. He already owned the Olympic (known as the 'Iron Pot') on the corner of Exhibition and Lonsdale Streets, installed gas lights in November 1855 into Astley's, and then he would go on to take over the Theatre Royal in Bourke Street.

The Princess Theatre is the second building on the present site - the first being Astley's Amphitheatre which opened in 1854 containing a central ring for equestrian entertainment and a stage at one end for dramatic performances. It was named in honour of the Astley Royal Amphitheatre, near Westminster Bridge, London

In 1857, the amphitheatre was renovated and the facade extended, then re-opening as the Princess Theatre and Opera House.

By 1885, the partnership of J. C. Williamson, George Musgrove and Arthur Garner, had been formed and they became known as 'The Triumvirate', the business becoming known as J. C. Williamson's. The Triumvirate resolved to build a new theatre.

Completed in 1866 to the design of architect William Pitt; George Gordon to design the interior; and Cockram and Comely as the builders; re-development of the Theatre took place at a cost of £50,000. The design is in the exuberant Second Empire style, and the theatre forms part of the Victorian streetscape of Spring Street.

When completed, it featured the world's first sliding or retractable roof and ceiling. It also featured state-of-the-art electrical stage lighting.

The theatre re-opened, again, on 18 December 1886, with a performance of Gilbert and Sullivan's The Mikado. The marble staircase and foyer was hailed as equal to that of the Paris Opera, the Frankfurt Stadt and the Grand in Bordeaux.

On 26 December 1922, new owners, Benjamin John Fuller and Hugh J. Ward renovated and reopened the theatre, with a performance of The O'Brien Girl.

In 1987, David Marriner purchased the Princess Theatre; he renovated and had the 1922 origins documented, then 9 December 1989, the theatre re-opened with the musical Les Misérables, followed by The Phantom of the Opera, establishing a new record for the longest running show ever staged in Victoria.


Title: Re: Haunted Locations Throughout the World
Post by: Danielle Marshall on July 14, 2009, 11:19:57 pm
Ghost sightings

The theatre has experienced several reported ghost sightings.[1]

On the evening of 3 March 1888, the baritone Frederick Baker, known as "Federici", was performing the role of Mephistopheles in Gounod's opera Faust. This production ended with Mephistopheles sinking dramatically through a trapdoor returning to the fires of hell with his prize, the unfortunate Dr Faustus. The audience was spellbound. As the audience held its collective breath as Federici was lowered down through the stage into this basement, he had a heart attack and died immediately. They laid him on the floor, lifeless, in his crimson vestments. He never came back onstage, never took the bows. When the company was gathered together to be told that Federici had died, they asked, "When?". Being told of what had happened at the end of the opera, they said, "He's just been onstage and taken the bows with us." Since then, many people who have never heard of the Federici story have claimed to see a ghostly figure in evening dress at the theatre. For many years, the third-row seat in the dress circle was kept vacant in his honour. [2]

When a documentary was made nearly 80 years later, by Kennedy-Miller in the early 1970s, a photograph of the film set revealed an ashen-faced, partly transparent observer. No-one on the set saw the figure on that day; only the photograph revealed 'the ghost'.


Title: Re: Haunted Locations Throughout the World
Post by: Danielle Marshall on July 14, 2009, 11:20:47 pm
(http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/c/c4/Melbourne_Princess_Theatre.jpg/800px-Melbourne_Princess_Theatre.jpg)

Melbourne Princess Theatre in Spring Street


Title: Re: Haunted Locations Throughout the World
Post by: Danielle Marshall on July 14, 2009, 11:24:05 pm
# Princess Theatre, Melbourne Melbourne, Australia, has reported several ghosts since the building opened in 1886. The theatre's best known 'inhabitant' is Frederick Baker, stage name 'Federici', a talented bass-baritone singer who died in March 1888 whilst singing Mephistopheles in Faust - and who was seen by the rest of the cast taking his bows with them shortly thereafter. For years the theatre kept a seat vacant in the dress circle for Federici (only ceasing the practice on economic grounds), and his appearance in the dress circle during rehearsals for a new show is considered a good omen.[6]


Title: Re: Haunted Locations Throughout the World
Post by: Danielle Marshall on July 14, 2009, 11:26:54 pm
Richmond, Victoria

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Lalor House in Richmond, Victoria is reportedly haunted by the ghosts of the family of Peter Lalor.[7]


Title: Re: Haunted Locations Throughout the World
Post by: Danielle Marshall on July 14, 2009, 11:28:56 pm
Bondi Junction, New South Wales

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View of Bondi Junction from Westfield Bondi Junction, Bondi Junction, NSW, Australia.

The Mill Hill Hotel in Bondi Junction, New South Wales is allegedly haunted by former workers, including the former hotel-keeper William Phillips.[8]


Title: Re: Haunted Locations Throughout the World
Post by: Danielle Marshall on July 14, 2009, 11:30:55 pm
Kapunda, South Australia

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A view of Kapunda in South Australia at the entrance to the Barossa Valley. Historically, Kapunda was both a rural agricultural center and a mining town - the latter of which is celebrated through the Map Kernow, or "Big Miner" located on the outskirts of the town.


Title: Re: Haunted Locations Throughout the World
Post by: Danielle Marshall on July 14, 2009, 11:31:22 pm
Kapunda. approximately 90 minutes north of Adelaide in the Light district. Reported to be the most haunted town in Australia, and featuring the remains of the reformatory at the centre of reports, but also the Kidman Pub and local high school.


Title: Re: Haunted Locations Throughout the World
Post by: Danielle Marshall on July 14, 2009, 11:32:30 pm
Brazil

Joelma Building

The Joelma Building is a 25 floor skyscraper in Sao Paulo, Brazil, located at 225 Avenida 9 de Julho. At 8:50am on February 1st, 1974, an air conditioning unit on the twelfth floor overheated, starting a fire. Due to the fact that flammable materials had been used to make interior furniture, the entire building was engulfed in flames within 20 minutes. By the time the fire was extinguished at 1:30pm, of the 756 people in the building, 179 had been killed and 300 more were left injured.


Title: Re: Haunted Locations Throughout the World
Post by: Danielle Marshall on July 14, 2009, 11:32:50 pm
At the time of the fire, the Joelma Building was, and still is, a reinforced fire-resistant concrete hull. However, the inside was filled with flammable items, such as the partitions, desks, chairs (all were made out of wood), the ceilings were Cellulose fiber tiles set in wood strappings, and the curtains and carpets were also flammable. At the time, no emergency lights,posted in cfire alarms, fire sprinkler systems, or emergency exits were fitted to the building. There was only one stairwell, which ran the full height of the building. An air conditioner unit on the twelfth floor, which started the fire, needed a special type of circuit breaker, which was unavailable at the time it was installed. In order to use this unit, it was installed bypassing the twelfth floor electrical control panel.


Title: Re: Haunted Locations Throughout the World
Post by: Danielle Marshall on July 14, 2009, 11:33:05 pm
The fire was discovered at around 8:50 am, and was reported to the São Paulo Fire Department approximately 15 minutes later, by an occupant of an adjacent building. The first fire units arrived five minutes later, and immediately called for assistance.

Inside, the fire reached the building's only stairwell and climbed as high as the 15th floor. It did not reach any higher because of a lack of flammables in the stairwell, however it filled the well with smoke and heat, making it impassable. Fire crews attempted to gain access to the building using this stairwell, but could not go any higher than the 11th floor (the first floor consisting of business offices)

Approximately three hundred people were evacuated using the elevators, a practice that is not recommended by fire officials. The four elevator operators were only able to make a few trips, however, before conditions within the building made it impossible to continue.

Approximately 170 people went to the roof during the fire, in hopes of being rescued by helicopter. There was, however, no place clear enough or big enough for helicopters to land. Even if such had been put in, the strong heat and dense smoke made approaching the building by helicopter extremely hazardous. Approximately 80 people hid under the tiles on the roof of the building. They alone were found alive.

Some people had managed to climb out onto ledges, and a few were able to lower themselves from floor to floor, and were then able to climb down the aerial ladders, while being protected from heat, smoke, and flames. Most of the others stayed where they were until rescue teams could gain access to the building. Desperate to escape the threat of the fire, forty people jumped, or fell, off the building. Fire crews tried to persuade them otherwise by waving to them and holding up signs that said, "Remain Calm! The fire is Out!" Still, they jumped in hopes of reaching a ladder, or surviving the fall. All forty of these people were killed.

By 10:30 am, the fire subsided. Two hours later, it had engulfed all flammables and simply burned itself out. Medical teams, fire crews and police were then able to enter the office towers and search for survivors. Upon competing their search, authorities found that 179 people died in this fire. At the time, this had been the greatest death toll in any high-rise building fire.


Title: Re: Haunted Locations Throughout the World
Post by: Danielle Marshall on July 14, 2009, 11:33:21 pm
After the fire

After the disaster the Joelma Building remained closed for 4 years for reconstruction. Once reconstructed it was renamed Praça da Bandeira ("Flag Square" the name of the square facing the building). Local legends claim that the building is still haunted by the spirits of some who died in the fire.


Title: Re: Haunted Locations Throughout the World
Post by: Danielle Marshall on July 14, 2009, 11:34:25 pm
Canada

The Ceperley House, Burnaby, British Columbia - Near Deer Lake and the Burnaby Heritage Village, this house, now an art gallery, is said to be haunted by its former mistress Mrs. Ceperley.[10]


Title: Re: Haunted Locations Throughout the World
Post by: Danielle Marshall on July 14, 2009, 11:36:00 pm
Forbidden Plateau

(http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/2/23/Forbidden_Plateau%2C_Strathcona_Provincial_Park_3.jpg/800px-Forbidden_Plateau%2C_Strathcona_Provincial_Park_3.jpg)

Forbidden Plateau


Title: Re: Haunted Locations Throughout the World
Post by: Danielle Marshall on July 14, 2009, 11:36:24 pm
The Forbidden Plateau is a small, hilly plateau in the east of the Vancouver Island Ranges in British Columbia, located northwest of Comox Lake[1] roughly between Mount Albert Edward to the southwest and Mount Washington (site of the Mount Washington Alpine Resort) to the northeast. The gently sloping sub-alpine terrain is broken by small, rugged hills and pitted with small lakes. Much of it is contained within Strathcona Provincial Park, and a network of trails facilitate hiking, cross country skiing, and access to Mount Albert Edward. A sub-alpine meadow on Mount Beecher in the southwest corner of the plateau is the only site in Canada of the Olympic onion (Allium crenulatum).[2]

In 1946, it was the epicentre of an earthquake that registered 7.3 on the Richter scale, the strongest ever recorded on land in Canada. See 1946 Vancouver Island earthquake.[3]


Title: Re: Haunted Locations Throughout the World
Post by: Danielle Marshall on July 14, 2009, 11:36:44 pm
The Legend

When the Comox people faced raids from other coastal tribes, they took their women and children to the plateau for safekeeping. Once, during a raid by the Cowichan, the women and children vanished without a trace and, since then, the Plateau has become taboo for it was believed that it was inhabited by evil spirits who had consumed those they had sent. [2] [3] [4]


Title: Re: Haunted Locations Throughout the World
Post by: Danielle Marshall on July 14, 2009, 11:37:36 pm
(http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/5/58/Looking_SE_from_Mount_Washington_Nordic_Lodge.JPG/800px-Looking_SE_from_Mount_Washington_Nordic_Lodge.JPG)


Looking Southeast from the Mount Washington Nordic Ski Lodge, Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada


Title: Re: Haunted Locations Throughout the World
Post by: Danielle Marshall on July 14, 2009, 11:38:23 pm
(http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/d/dc/Forbidden_Plateau%2C_Strathcona_Provincial_Park_1.jpg/800px-Forbidden_Plateau%2C_Strathcona_Provincial_Park_1.jpg)


Title: Re: Haunted Locations Throughout the World
Post by: Danielle Marshall on July 14, 2009, 11:38:46 pm
(http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/1/1e/Forbidden_Plateau%2C_Strathcona_Provincial_Park_2.jpg/800px-Forbidden_Plateau%2C_Strathcona_Provincial_Park_2.jpg)


Title: Re: Haunted Locations Throughout the World
Post by: Danielle Marshall on July 15, 2009, 12:10:40 am
(http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/b/b9/Forbidden_Plateau%2C_Strathcona_Provincial_Park_4.jpg/800px-Forbidden_Plateau%2C_Strathcona_Provincial_Park_4.jpg)


Title: Re: Haunted Locations Throughout the World
Post by: Danielle Marshall on July 15, 2009, 12:11:29 am
# Forbidden Plateau, near Courtenay-Comox-Cumberland in Strathcona Provincial Park. A Comox legend says this plateau swallowed all the women, children and elders of the Comox people without a trace, and it has been taboo forever after.[11][12]


Title: Re: Haunted Locations Throughout the World
Post by: Danielle Marshall on July 15, 2009, 12:11:45 am
Gibraltar Lighthouse - The ghost of a murdered lighthouse keeper is reported to haunt this abandoned building.[13]


Title: Re: Haunted Locations Throughout the World
Post by: Danielle Marshall on July 15, 2009, 12:12:09 am
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_haunted_locations