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The ghost of Stoke House Newtown Hobart: TAS
« on: September 23, 2020, 01:10:41 AM »
Built in 1887 by the then Lieutenant Governor of Tasmania, Sir John Dodd, this spectacular Gothic Revival mansion is home to more than 20 rooms and is located in a private sanctuary at New Town. 

Impressive detail and fine craftsmanship can be seen in the Italian mosaic tiling - which was laid by an Italian craftsman - the hand-crafted timber fireplace mantles, a Waterford chandelier and the Cathedral-like entrance. In all its Gothic beauty it like any allegedly good Gothic house is haunted.

You can see a picture of the Gothic beauty below. For those who cannot I suggest you sign up to this wonderful interesting forum which gives a unique insight into haunted locations around Australia.

To be continued.....

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Re: The ghost of Stoke House Newtown Hobart: TAS
« Reply #1 on: September 23, 2020, 01:14:53 AM »
 In 1914 he notified the government that he would retire in August, but he died at his home, Stoke, New Town, on 23 June 1914. He was predeceased by his wife and survived by two of their four sons.

According to his contemporaries, Dodds was able and quick, with a capacity to reduce the issues and avoid the determination of superfluous facts. As chief justice he administered the government from 14 August 1900 to 8 November 1901, and entertained at Government House the Duke and Duchess of York during their visit to open the first Federal parliament.

He was appointed lieutenant-governor on 3 August 1903 and held this office until he died. He acted as governor from 16 April to 28 October 1904, from 21 May to 29 September 1909 and from 10 March until 4 June 1913. In the Boer war he raised by public subscription enough money to equip and send out a contingent of mounted infantry. With a deep interest in education, art, literature, music and sport, he served on the Council of the University of Tasmania and was chancellor in 1907-14; he was also patron or president of a host of societies in southern Tasmania.

Lady Dodds was of retiring disposition and did not enjoy her necessary participation in public life. It was her  stories that circulated that her ghost was haunting the mansion.

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Re: The ghost of Stoke House Newtown Hobart: TAS
« Reply #2 on: September 23, 2020, 01:35:17 AM »
The haunting surrounds  Lady Emma Augusta Dodds, born in Sorell in 1833 and died in 1910 age 77. It is believed she withdrew from society because of Dementia and became a virtual recluse.

The death occurred at Hobart on Friday of Lady Dodds, wife of the Lieutenant-Governor and Chief Justice of this state (Sir John Dodds, K.C.M.G.). The deceased lady had been confined to her room for a long time past, and her condition caused much anxiety to her husband and family.

The remains were interred in the family vault at the Cornelian Bay Cemetery on Saturday afternoon, amid every mark of respect. The cortege was a large and thoroughly representative one, and included their Honors Justices Mclntyre and Nicholls, the Bishop of Tasmania (Dr. Mercer), Monsignor Gilleran, the secretary of his Excellency the Governor, representatives of the Southern Tasmanian Law Society, and members of the legal profession, and many others.

Many beautiful wreaths were sent. The chief mourners were Sir John Dodds and Mr. Warren Dodds. The service at the graveside was conducted by Dean Kite, assisted by the Rev Martyn.

Many people have claimed an eerie presence in the room where she spent her final years. Years after wards there was reports of sightings of her in the sprawling mansion of a white headed elderly lady looking dazed and confused only to vanish into thin air if startled.

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Re: The ghost of Stoke House Newtown Hobart: TAS
« Reply #3 on: September 29, 2020, 10:48:42 AM »
A lovely setting up of  what I know will be a very interesting (I also add "exciting", but not sure why yet) tale.

Also I loved the pictures of Stoke House, simply well crafted and beautiful, KANACKI and look forward to the next chapter.
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