Top 5 Most Haunted Places II


by Luke Cirsky

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You’re that person who thinks a grand night of theatre is seeing your ratbag nephews get taunted by a demon Chuckie Doll. Or maybe… that young couple who considers abandoned graveyard land an investment – ideal for neighbourly poltergeist barbeques. Perhaps you married a corpse bride; find exorcisms erotic or make the bed for a sweet child who died last century. Even if you are a long-time horror devotee, the majority of you should start organising diapers and flashlights… as we present Sydney’s Top 5 Most Haunted Part II. Sure to throw even the biggest sceptic

 

Sarah’s Grave

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Image credit: Australian Cemeteries Index

One of hundreds of the first fleet convicts, a young Sarah Marshall was transported nearly 200 years ago for stealing some apparel. After earning her freedom, she settled in Castlereagh with well-to-do tailor John Simpson, having eight children out of wedlock. Who would have guessed the horror that awaited her on December 10, 1838?

Walking home that night, the attractive 42 year old was brutally murdered near her home by a gang of men in a fit of lust. As she lay dying, it is said that Mr Simpson married her so she could pass without sin into the next life. Over the decades that followed, visitors and spirit-hunters affirm the spirit in white who never truly passed on.

Beware, if you pay a visit to her grave: Sarah has been known to harass men particularly – as if to avenge her gruesome killing. Recently, a small, male group of sceptics and seasoned spirit-enthusiasts planned to play a late night prank on their friend. Barely treading halfway into the graveyard they heard a “…high pitch woman’s scream” which rang out chillingly – immediately making them spin round 360 degrees and “…run the hell out”. Don’t forget a selfie with Sarah, as four other resident apparitions are also dying to appear in your shot.

Note: Due to this now famous history, parts of the cemetery have been fenced off out of respect for the dead.

Where: Castlereagh General Cemetery

 

Menangle House

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Along a barren stretch of highway in the south-west Sydney district of Macarthur, you will come across a nearly 180 year old heritage homestead. Just don’t be fooled by idyllic clear night skies and lush countryside – as there is something sinister lurking within its walls. Considered by some to be Sydney’s most haunted house, Menangle estate has got the better of its many owners and visitors.

The ghosts of four children drowned nearby are said to be in rooms during monthly tours – with guests noticing heavy temperature shifts, some being moved to tears. As you wander through, personal mementos and photographs tell of this sordid fragment of local history. More chilling, is the spirit of 19 year old woman who hung herself over a century ago – perhaps battling the house’s other demons. As if being strangled by a noose of thick rope, guests have reported suddenly being unable to breathe – grasping their throats.

More recently, one night Menangle’s past owners were returning from their holiday – all to find it fully lit, the tables set and windows drifting open. The house-sitters had fled – simply unable to bare another minute inside. Unsurprisingly, these grounds of killings were not pardoned of spirit presence – the nearby Horse and Jockey Inn also crawling with haunts.

Where: 170 Menangle Rd, Menangle Park

 

Richmond Vale Mine Shaft and Rail Museum

Combined Images from Heritage Hunter and Mining Artifacts Org.

Combined Images from Heritage Hunter and Mining Artifacts Org.

Every third Sunday at the crack of dawn, historic mining district of Kurri Kurri is awakened by the blast of a mysterious steam whistle. Meanwhile, aboard an exhibition of old locomotives, controls turn and jiggle wildly, especially on the No. 30. Not a soul is in sight and invisible hands tend the machines. You probably just witnessed the ghost of former railway manager Mr John Brown, who died there from unknown causes in 1930.

When Mr Brown appears, he continues to spook the workers at the Rail Museum (opened 1979) – two men refused to work there ever again. To keep the huge locomotive from sliding away, the throttle of the old South Maitlander is always set to the “Closed” position – yet somehow it always reverts to fully “Open”. It is thought the apparition uses the old train as his portal – a tangible link to his mortal past.

The hauntings don’t stop there – between 1910-1967 coalmines kept the town alive and over 54 deaths around Richmond Main are eerie reminders of that perilous job. Plunging into endless blackness, historic records recall an ugly incident at the shaft in 1922. Five miners were being lowered into the Main, when a cable snapped, falling 200 feet down to the base. Today, visitors say they can hear screams of those killed and five out of ten are suddenly overcome by intense sadness.

Where: Old Richmond Main Colliery site

 

Prince Henry Hospital at Little Bay (formerly Coast Hospital pre 1934)

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What becomes of ghosts when their ‘dwelling’ or place of attachment disappears after years of abandon and ruin? From blindness to disfigurement and horror decline, huge numbers of early Sydney citizens and staff died at the old Coast Hospital (built in 1881 to address epidemics like typhoid, leprosy, smallpox and later bubonic plague). Their ghosts caused havoc and disorder within hospital walls – until its closure in 2001 and recent demolition. One sinister shadow which may still follow you is that of a mischievous young Aboriginal boy. Once acquainted, his giggling apparition may not seem overly foreboding – but this little pocket rocket was actually responsible for tripping staff down the stairs.

Keeping order in a hospital is quite a task – even without another male spectre trying to fiddle with patient drips and switch off medical equipment. Buzzers regularly went off in unoccupied wards. Staff assigned to keep things orderly included people like the neurotic matron Gracie of Delaney Ward, B Block. After dying mysteriously in an elevator well, she appeared to patients in an old-fashioned white veil – adjusting their bed linen, topping up water and even replacing bedpans. Staff recall her scrutinising their work; watching their breaks; pouring boiled milk for tea down the sink and tidying the kitchen, before adjusting the time.

With the hospital gone, you may sense ghosts congregating at the remaining Nurses Wards (circa 1914 – now the Nursing and Medical Museum) and particularly, the abandoned Coast Hospital cemetery nearby. Come nightfall, you might shiver to know – while only 90 headstones remain, more than 2000 former patients lay restless below the soil.

Where: Cape Banks Rd, Little Bay

 

The Street with No Name

Image Credit: Photorator

Image Credit: Photorator

Like wretched moth bites in a patterned tapestry, one historic railway viaduct in west Sydney has seen evil and tragedy repeated for fifty years. Dare venture to The Street at night, your senses will be overcome under giant bridge arches which sidle a quiet park. Just know that here, you are not alone – and we don’t mean friendly locals.

Firstly, in 1966 a man called Jock was killed by a speeding train – all in the good intentions of rescuing a possum. Ironically, he died the last day before the line was declared closed to rail traffic. Barely two years later, as if by a related curse – the very same area played host to the unsolved murder of a three year old toddler – found suffocated by balls of newspaper.

Beware: disturbing material follows. Just six years later in 1974, another boy, aged 12, was found murdered with extensive head injuries from a large rock. They say tragedies happen in threes – and barely seven months later, a third boy of the same age was found 50 metres away with stab wounds over his silent body. Just before the boys’ case was solved in 1977, the first satanic murder and carpark dumping of a young girl followed. Fast forward to the new millennium, The Street’s curse holds – with the bloody murder of sleeping homeless man Reg Malvin and recent discovery of another floating body.

A visit to this forsaken place guarantees anxiety, queasiness and sudden temperature changes. Watch your back and listen… footsteps patter at the exact spot of the first twelve-year-old’s murder.

Note: Walk through at your own risk

Where: Jubilee Park, Annandale

 

Honorable Mention: The Magic Kingdom Fun Park

Image Credit:  Vanessa Berry and Mirror Sydney

Image Credit: Vanessa Berry and Mirror Sydney

Few places exist in Sydney where a zombie apocalypse can be more solidly envisaged than the abandoned remains of a 1980s theme park. A tentative wander beyond the warning signage “HAUNTED FUNPARK DEMONS GHOSTS” is a memory familiar to us all: a giant shoe, kart viewing platform, the skeleton of a ticket box and giant slide. Closed over a decade ago, crowds are gone and nature has overcome the amusements with unruly scrub, peeling wood and faintly discernable admission signage. Legend will say the swampy park closed as it was haunted – more plausible given the confirmed deaths on the Ghost Train ride. Beside the silent yellow slide, eerie noises were reported as well as sightings of a white figure.

Note: This land is now private property and was under re-developed in 2013. Only some rides remain and can be hazardous if climbed or used.

Where: 174 Hollywood Drive, Lansvale

 

 

 

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