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Old Quarantine Station of Lost Souls: North Head: NSW
« on: November 15, 2021, 08:46:16 PM »
The Quarantine Station at Manly is a city in itself, boasting its own post office, power supply, water reservoir, hospital, morgue, telephone exchange and paved streets lined with various styles and types of buildings.
While used as a Quarantine Station, the atmosphere of the Station was sombre at best, as most of those quarantined had been forced to endure long voyages from the other side of the world on diseased ridden ships.

 As in the case of the typhus ridden ship Lady McNaughton which arrived in Sydney Harbour in 1837 after losing fifty four passengers en route, however the Quarantine Station proved no sanctuary. Thirteen more died after arrival in what were then described as "truly appalling conditions with a sense of misery, wretchedness and disease present everywhere."

The Quarantine Station has had a long history of misery and death for those seeking a new life in another country only to find Death, no wonder there are stories of the place being haunted?

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Re: Old Quarantine Station of Lost Souls: North Head: NSW
« Reply #1 on: November 15, 2021, 08:48:37 PM »
Visitors have reported seeing ghosts, feeling cold spots and being tapped on the shoulder when no one was anywhere near them. Stories of haunting phenomena date back more than a century, when nurses on night shift reported seeing ghostly Chinamen with long ponytails wandering through the wards and across verandas. Park Rangers living in the Station regularly report seeing ghostly figures and lights in unoccupied hospital wards, but upon investigation find no one present and nothing amiss.

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Re: Old Quarantine Station of Lost Souls: North Head: NSW
« Reply #2 on: November 15, 2021, 08:49:53 PM »
The hospital section consists of two wards, the first one being the wooden ward which contains two long rooms separated by a wall and some small rooms in the middle. The most common sightings in the hospital wards are of people on the beds, old people, young people, people who are transparent and when looked at twice have gone the second time. A Matron supposedly walks the wards and does not take kindly to any comments about the bathrooms. This shower block is called the "evil" part of the Quarantine Station. It is thought some sort of sexual abuse took place in one of the corners of this eerie place that involved a small child, hence the "evil" title for the building. A common occurrence on the ghost tours is for one of the bulbs in the shower block to explode.

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Re: Old Quarantine Station of Lost Souls: North Head: NSW
« Reply #3 on: November 15, 2021, 08:57:33 PM »
Two women who lived at the Station during the 1920's and 30's stated that they often saw a sailor at the window of the mortuary. The Morgue had such a habit of opening it's doors all the time, the Station were forced to install locks on the doors to stop the doors opening overnight. A small child with thick plaits is known as the resident ghost. It is not uncommon for her to join a tour and grab someone's hand or tug at their sleeve.

From the wharves ghostly noises of people disembarking from ships are quite often heard. The Wharf has mysteriously been burnt down 3 times. A ghostly man of Asian appearance complete with a long plait down his back appears quite regularly in the Asiatic quarters.

Locked doors quite often cannot be unlocked or opened. When tried again by another person the doors open with ease. Lights are seen in some of the buildings that contain no electricity and have no one in them. Floating white figures are spotted around the verandas and compound.

Both tourists and staff members have reported witnessing smoky or white apparitions floating across the front of their cars at night when driving home down the road that leads out of the Station.

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Re: Old Quarantine Station of Lost Souls: North Head: NSW
« Reply #4 on: November 23, 2021, 04:38:05 PM »
Nurse who died while treating soldiers at Quarantine Station

Annie Egan realised her dream to become a nurse but the Gunnedah local lost her life to the Spanish flu while treating WWI soldiers at Quarantine Station at Manly in 1918.

It still thought she still haunts the hospital wards as if she never died.

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Re: Old Quarantine Station of Lost Souls: North Head: NSW
« Reply #5 on: November 23, 2021, 09:59:31 PM »
A strange suspicious death was reported in 1902/

Sydney Morning Herald (NSW : 1842 - 1954), Friday 18 April 1902, page 8 newspaper reported the following.

DEATH AT THE QUARANTINE STATION

The City Coroner (Mr. J. C. Woore) continued the inquest yesterday at the Lloyd Hotel into the cause ol death of Julia Fordyce-Vincent, 51. It had been adjourned from March 25. The deceased died at her residence at the Quarantine Station on March 23.

Thomas Cooksey, the second Government Analyst, a resident of Mosman stated that he had made a chemical analysis of the stomach and parts of the deceased. The stomach contained a quarter of a gram of morphine; the liver, spleen, and kidneys contained traces of morphine. Witness had also handed to him the bottle (produced) labelled "mor phine injection. " It contained 1/4 oz. of salt of morphine. What witness found in the viscera might

be similar to the contents of the bottle. The second bottle produced, which had been handed to witness on April 2 by Constable Taylor, contained a small quantity of nux vomica, as labelled. It was a very weak solution. He found no nux vomica in the viscera of the deceased. If a poisonous dose had been taken he would have found it.

Sydney Jamieson, legally qualified medical prac titioner, Sydney, stated that he had made a post mortem examination of the body of the deceased, and had placed the stomach and contents in jars for analysis. He had heard the evidence of the previous witness, and from that and his own observations his opinion was that death was due to a poisonous dose of morphine. A large quantity might be taken and

the analyst find only a small quantity.

An open verdict was returned.

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Re: Old Quarantine Station of Lost Souls: North Head: NSW
« Reply #6 on: December 06, 2021, 08:51:04 AM »
The Daily mail did an extensive story on the Quarantine Station at Manly.

Claiming the following....

A ghostly hand at a wedding, a man in a fedora standing next to a child and some very strange noises: The most startling spirit encounters from inside Australia's most haunted hotel Quarantine Station

A quarantine zone was first set up on Sydney's North Head in 1833 It protected the city population from diseases transported on migrant ships During its 150 years of operation, close to 600 inhabitants died from scarlet fever, small pox, typhoid, cholera or Spanish influenza.

Many of the original buildings still stand on the site which now operates as a hotel and heritage centre with popular ghost tours Some visitors even claim to have captured pictures of ghosts on camera.Q Station made Trip advisor's top 10 most haunted hotels in the world.

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Re: Old Quarantine Station of Lost Souls: North Head: NSW
« Reply #7 on: December 06, 2021, 08:52:33 AM »
A small playful Jewish boy, a strict hospital matron and a charismatic Chinese fisherman are just a few of the resident ghosts believed to haunt Sydney’s Quarantine Station.

Set up as a vital safeguard in 1833 to prevent immigrants arriving in Australia from spreading diseases to the main settlement in the city, many migrants spent their final days at the compound on Manly’s North Head before succumbing to deadly viruses.

While the site now operates as a luxury hotel resort as well as a heritage-listed tourist centre with many original buildings and passengers’ engravings still intact, it’s the evening ghost tours that attract many to its doors.

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Re: Old Quarantine Station of Lost Souls: North Head: NSW
« Reply #8 on: December 06, 2021, 08:57:17 AM »
Proof of the paranormal? Quarantine Station in Sydney is believed to be one of the most haunted sites in the world. A guest at a recent wedding on the resort snapped this image which appears to show a ghostly hand reaching out towards the bridal party?

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Re: Old Quarantine Station of Lost Souls: North Head: NSW
« Reply #9 on: December 06, 2021, 09:00:14 AM »
Eerie: A couple on a ghost tour took this image inside the 1st class shower block. A man wearing a fedora hat can be seen at the end of the corridor with a small child, even though the room was empty at the time.

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Re: Old Quarantine Station of Lost Souls: North Head: NSW
« Reply #10 on: December 06, 2021, 09:05:01 AM »
Haunted hotspot: A guest on a ghost tour who took this photo claims it was not altered, and shows a hooded man walking in the 1st class shower room.

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Re: Old Quarantine Station of Lost Souls: North Head: NSW
« Reply #11 on: December 06, 2021, 09:08:16 AM »
The unfortunate souls who never got to leave died from deadly diseases of the day which varied from the bubonic plague, smallpox, cholera, tuberculosis, typhoid fever and Spanish influenza.

Their last few weeks, days or hours would have been spent in excruciating pain on the hospital ward, cut off from the migrants deemed healthy. They would not have been allowed to see their family members or have their religious last rites before they died for fear of spreading infection.

One well known case at the station was that of a 27-year-old volunteer nurse Annie Egan who contracted influenza while nursing sick soldiers returning home from the First World War in 1918. She made repeated requests for a Roman Catholic priest to administer the last rites but these were denied by authorities and she died on December 3 without ever having her final wish granted.

Ms Egan’s final resting place can still be visited in Quarantine Station's only surviving cemetery but many others who died there now lie in unmarked graves after two other cemeteries on the site were levelled because of their proximity to living quarters and a fresh water stream.

These are just a few of the reasons why many believe the site is such a hotspot for paranormal activity.

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Re: Old Quarantine Station of Lost Souls: North Head: NSW
« Reply #12 on: December 06, 2021, 09:10:11 AM »
Chris, who has worked at Quarantine Station for two years, says that while some visitors do feel uncomfortable during encounters many others found them a positive experience. He recalls one particular incident when a guest suffering health problems from a recent motorbike accident immediately felt better upon entering the hospital ward.

'They instantly felt a feminine presence waft past - most likely a nurse - and they could smell sweet perfume. Over the next minute, their shakes stopped, their pain decreased and they were suddenly able to bend down and touch their toes - something they couldn't do before. That really amazed me, and showed me that our spirits are still trying to help people who are suffering.'

Several nurses as well as a spirit known as Matron are said to patrol the hospital ward while a mortician in a top hat - nicknamed by staff as Mr Slimey - has been spotted walking around the grounds.

A fisherman from China, called Mr Chen, often roams around the 3rd class living quarters where passengers who were not of ‘white decent’ had to live while at the compound.

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Re: Old Quarantine Station of Lost Souls: North Head: NSW
« Reply #13 on: December 06, 2021, 09:11:29 AM »
Those in 1st class however had their own rooms which are still standing today and have been transformed into accommodation as part of the Q Station hotel – voted one of the ten most haunted in the world on Tripadvisor.

The compound, which has incredible views across Sydney and out to sea, now boasts a waterside bar, a top rated restaurant and is a popular venue for wedding parties, but its tranquil settings are best known for the eerie transformation on ghost tours come nightfall.

One of the most haunted areas of the facility is the 1st class shower block - where passengers would have to take carbolic acid showers to kill any germs, fleas and lice. Many visitors report feeling incredibly uncomfortable when they enter the building while others have heard voices or even been pushed while exploring inside.

‘Most of the staff have experienced something strange while working at Quarantine Station,’ reveals Kun Rahadian, Director of Sales & Marketing for the resort which was re-branded as Q Station in 2008.

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Re: Old Quarantine Station of Lost Souls: North Head: NSW
« Reply #14 on: December 06, 2021, 09:12:59 AM »
‘I've never been able to walk all the way down the shower blocks, something always stops me halfway and I have to turn around. When I first started working there, I thought it was just me, but a lot of other people have said the same.

‘My children have also seen spirits at the site. On one occasion my son saw a First World War soldier on the balcony outside the hospital. There are a lot of sightings in that area.’

Around 20 children are said to haunt the site but a little boy called Isaac Lowes is one of the more frequent spirits to be seen. He died on August 24, 1878, of scarlet fever – a common killer before the discovery of antibiotics.

Another child often spotted all over the grounds is a little girl called Mary-Anne who likes to follow tour groups around the facility.

'I’ve had some wonderful tours with Mary-Anne in attendance,' says Chris. 'When she’s in a good mood, she’ll do some of her tricks for younger tour groups - opening doors, touching people and causing swift cold breezes.'

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