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The Lady in Black: Mount Victoria: NSW
« on: November 05, 2020, 11:23:42 AM »
Deep into depths of the Blue Mountains, west of Sydney, a ancient road snakes above bushland, dropping away at each side into a forested gully. Cars careen through here, supported from beneath by a sturdy, stone causeway, built by convicts nearly to 200 years ago. Countless people has past over this pass.

The Victoria Pass is a piece of NSW heritage, an engineering marvel. But it has a dark past. This snaking stretch of road serves as the setting for one of the region’s most horrific crimes; one that has carved a place in local folklore, and sparked the urban legend of “The Woman in Black”.

Many riders reported that their horse became restless and unsettled, before the figure appeared on the road in front of them; “Some reported that her long, dark hair streamed out in the wind and that her arms were raised in a suppliant gesture. Some said that her eyes shone in the dark like a tiger’s and a few said that she was headless. As suddenly as she appeared the spectre would disappear.”

Here is some old photographs of the pass below. For those who cannot see I suggest joining up to the forum to see interesting insights in Australian ghosts and history of such haunted places ingrained into our folklore.

Who is ghost of The Lady in Black on the Victoria Pass?

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Re: The Lady in Black: Mount Victoria: NSW
« Reply #1 on: November 05, 2020, 11:32:22 AM »
While stories about an alleged ghost haunting the pass would could be seen by many as a myth, there is a haunting truth to the tale. The savage murder of a 13-year-old girl named Caroline Collits.

Caroline’s short life was one marred by tragedy. She was one of six children, to parents Mary Hopkins and William James, who ran an illegal liquor shop west of the Blue Mountains. Mary, an alcoholic, died by suicide in 1835 when Caroline was just eight.

After suspicions were raised that William may have played a role in her death, he was arrested, convicted and sentenced to death by hanging. But before the execution took place, the conviction was overturned on a point of law, and William walked free.

It appears William abandoned Caroline and her siblings. They’d been left to fend for themselves on their Bathurst-region property; they had little food, and her newborn brother had died. Caroline and her younger sister, Mary, were sent to work as servants for the Collits, a respectable local family and proprietors of the nearby Hartley Inn.

And that is where more troubles began.

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Re: The Lady in Black: Mount Victoria: NSW
« Reply #2 on: November 05, 2020, 11:38:27 AM »
It was there, around 1820, they met John Walsh, a freed convict who groomed and had a sexual relationship with both girls – then aged just 10 and 12 (the latter being the age of consent at the time). Maria ultimately married him a year later, while Caroline married the Collits’ 25-year-old son, William. Deeply unhappy in her marriage, Caroline left him for a time and went to live with Maria and John, with whom she continued a bizarre affair.

In 1842, the Blue Mountains Library notes, it seemed there was hope for a reconciliation. John, Caroline and William met at a tavern near Hartley for drinks, but on the return trip the men fought, and as John picked up a rock to strike William, Caroline urged her husband to flee for his life. He did, leaving the pair behind.

Early the following morning, the bloodied body of a young women was found by a postman at Victoria Pass. She’d been raped, beaten, her head struck with a rock, which lay covered in blood nearby. That young women was later identified as Caroline.

John Walsh had returned the previous evening, claiming to have been attacked by son of the tavern owner, Joseph Jagger, whom he said abducted Caroline. But witnesses placed the Jagger boy at the tavern all night.

John was arrested, convicted, and hanged at Bathurst on May 3, 1842

So one would think this sorry and saga would end but it didn't

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Re: The Lady in Black: Mount Victoria: NSW
« Reply #3 on: November 05, 2020, 11:43:13 AM »
The Collits name is still well known in the Blue Mountains area. Collits Inn is a heritage-listed building that now serves a function centre. But it’s Caroline Collits’ tragic story and tales of her ghost – The Lady In Black – that have captivated locals and visitors. Here is a picture below.

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Re: The Lady in Black: Mount Victoria: NSW
« Reply #4 on: November 05, 2020, 11:58:12 AM »
Today after nearly 2 centuries people still claim they have encountered the lady in black on the Victoria pass road which in itself a location of many fatal accidents.

Truck drivers would still occasionally claim to see her; especially on cold nights, when the threat of black ice would force them to travel slowly along the Pass. White face, black dress, pleading.....

Pleading for help or for justice 2 centuries now and counting.

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