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« on: July 14, 2009, 01:21:54 am »

List of reportedly haunted locations

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Alkimos (ship)



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.
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« Reply #1 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.
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« Reply #2 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.
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« Reply #3 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.
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« Reply #4 on: July 14, 2009, 01:24:57 am »

Beechworth Asylum



Beechworth Asylum. Photo by John T Collins circa 1880
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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
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« Reply #5 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].
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« Reply #6 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
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Example of the type of ha-ha walls seen at Kew Asylum
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    * 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.
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Beechworth Asylum. Photo circa 1867
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« Reply #10 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.

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« Reply #11 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.
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« Reply #12 on: July 14, 2009, 02:06:32 am »

List of reportedly haunted locations


http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_haunted_locations
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« Reply #13 on: July 14, 2009, 11:03:21 pm »

Port Arthur, Tasmania



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
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« Reply #14 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.
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