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Re: Valley of Forgotten Ghosts: Walhalla : VIC
« Reply #15 on: January 13, 2022, 05:20:15 PM »
there are ghost stories about the well-dressed gentleman who fades away like television static, the cemetery’s cursed grave, and ghostly nurse Emily who tucks in the sheets around B ’n’ B guests, interwoven with historical facts of jaw-dropping gold finds, cheek-by-jowl living conditions and the arsenic and mercury-fouled creek that, along with silicosis and typhoid brought early death (and a busy after-life) to so many.

The local cemetery below is the some what unquiet resting place of many of those who perished....

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« Reply #16 on: January 14, 2022, 10:20:09 AM »
Gippsland Times (Vic. : 1861 - 1954), Monday 21 May 1894, page 3 reported the following.

KILLED WHILE SLEIGHING. [BY ELECTRIC TELEGRAPH.] WALHALLA, Saturday.

A young man named William Marks was found dead this evening, near Walhalla. He left his home in the morning with a sleigh for the purpose of obtaining some bark. When found, the horse was abont 200 yards away from deceased, who it is surmised met his death by the sleigh running over him. A magisterial enquiry will be held on Monday.

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« Reply #17 on: January 14, 2022, 10:25:06 AM »
Morwell Advertiser (Morwell, Vic. : 1888 - 1954), Friday 10 April 1908, page 2 newspaper reported the following death.

WALHALLA. Arthur Seear, 6 years old, was killed on Tuesday afternoon at Aurum Gully, three miles north of Walhalla. Accompanied by his brother William, aged eleven, the child was riding on a loaded truck of wood on the incline tram, which branches off the Long Tunnel Ex-tended wood tramway.

He left the truck to pick up his hat, and, trying to get a mount in the front of the track, he slipped, and the loaded truck passed over his body. Death was instantaneous. The escort left the Bank of Vic- toria on Tuesday with 600 ozs. of gold, in charge of Mr. G. F. Heazle-wood. At the railway terminus on Tues-day the work of constructing the Moe-Walhalla railway was begun at this end of the line.

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« Reply #18 on: January 14, 2022, 10:29:44 AM »
Maffra Spectator (Vic. : 1882 - 1920), Thursday 27 February 1896, page 3 newspaper reported the following death.

FATAL RIDING ACCIDENT. A WELL-KNOWN FARMER KILLED. WALHALLA, Monday:

 A fatal accident happened on the Moe-road about 10 o'clock on Saturday night, the victim being Mr Elliott, a farmer, residing at Moondarra, and aged about 60, who was in comfortable circumstances and who acted as post-master at Moondarra.

Mr Elliott visited Walhalla on Saturday, and having a considerable amount of business to transact he was late in leaving. On reaching the hotel at Happy-Go-Lucky he had some drinks. Here he was joined by a young man named Black. The road between this place and Coppermine is very steep. Elliott, who was riding a frisky horse, set off at a good canter down the hill, and Black, who had remained some distance behind, suddenly came upon Elliot, lying on the road, and the horse nowhere to be seen. He lifted Elliott to the side, and proceeded as far as Coppermine, where he had something to eat.

Then he returned to Elliott with some others, and conveyed him back to Happy-Go-Lucky. Dr Stewart, who was summoned from Walhalla, pronounced Elliott to he dead. The doctor's opinion is that death resulted through fracture of the base of the skull caused through falling from his horse. An inquest will be held to-day. Elliott was for many years a farmer in the Wedderburn district.

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« Reply #19 on: January 14, 2022, 10:43:23 AM »
Leader (Melbourne, Vic. : 1862 - 1918, 1935), Saturday 3 November 1900, page 24 newspaper reported the following tragedy......

EXTRAORDINARY FATALITY. A TREE ROLLS DOWN A HILLSIDE. TWO CHILDREN KILLED. WALHALLA, Sunday.

At Poverty Point, on the Thompson River, early this morning a roaring gale uprooted a tree 30 feet long and 2 feet in diameter. The huge trunk roiled down a particularly steep hill, its velocity increasing at

every yard. A weatherboard cottage, occupied by an Italian named Dominick Deila Torre, and liis family, stood at the foot of the hill, and by one of the peculiar 'circumstances of fate chanced to be in the direct line of the tree's downward sweep.

With a tremendous impact the great log crashed into the dwelling, and in an instant leveled portion of it to the ground. It made matchwood of a bedroom in which were sleeping a boy I year and 8 months old, and a girl named De Louis, aged 9, a niece of the occupier. The children were both killed instantly. their bodies being frightfully crushed. Delia Torre was himself injured, and his wife was prostrated by shock. The other members of the family had marvelously narrow escapes. It was in this locality that six Italians were drowned recently whilst crossing the Thompson river.

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« Reply #20 on: January 14, 2022, 10:54:12 AM »
Gippsland Times (Vic. : 1861 - 1954), Wednesday 21 May 1890, page 3 reported the tragic murder of an elderly women.

ALLEGED MURDER AT WALHALLA. (BY ELECTRIC TELEGRAPH.) (FROM OUR OWN CORRESPONDENT.) WALHALLA, Tuesday Evening.

At the Walhalla police court to-day, before Messrs Tricks, Thomson and Loan, J's.P., Catherine Brown and her two sons were charged with feloniously killing and slaying Catherine Ronalds, an old woman 90 years of age. Mr J. T. T. Smith prosecuted, and Mr Geo. H. Wise defended the accused..

Only three witnesses were examined, and the evidence and cross-examination occupied seven hours. The court then adjourned until next day. The witnesses examined were Mrs Edwards-and her evidence was of a most revolting character-Dr. Montgomery, of Traralgon, and Mounted-constable Riley, of Sale. Catherine Ronalds was an old and respected resident of Walhalla, and was living with her daughter and son-in-law just out-side the township.

The neighbours complained to the police that she was being very cruelly ill-treated by her relatives. The police, on visiting the house, found the woman almost dead, and in a frightful condition. The woman died shortly after. At the inquiry into the circumstances of her death, an open verdict was returned.

The report was so unfavorably received by the Attorney General, that the Crown initiated proceedings against the daughter and two of the grand sons.


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« Reply #21 on: January 14, 2022, 11:00:08 AM »
Weekly Times (Melbourne, Vic. : 1869 - 1954), Saturday 26 April 1884, page 11 newspaper reported the sad incident.....

A Child Killed on a Mine Tramway.

WALHALLA, Tuesday.

A sad accident happened here to-day,1 whereby Mr. Harris, M.L.A., lost one of his youngest children, aged five years. 'The-child left school, and went on the. Long Tunnel tramway, where she waited for the wood trucks to come by.

Then they -came along she got on the rod connecting the two trucks, and by some means fell off, the wheels of one truck passing over her neck and causing instantaneous death. The driver of the trucks was not aware the accident had happened, and continued on his way. The child was found shortly afterwards by men going to work.

The sad. affair has cast quite a gloom over the town.

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« Reply #22 on: January 14, 2022, 12:37:00 PM »
Maffra Spectator (Vic. : 1882 - 1920), Thursday 24 April 1890, page 3 Newspaper reported the following fatal accident.....

LATEST INTELLIGENCE. (FROM OUR OWN CORRESPONDENT). WALHALLA, Wednesday.

A fatal accident occurred in the Long Tunnel Extended Mine on Tuesday night about eight o'clock, when a miner named Richard Nottle was buried by a fall of several tons of earth which broke through the timber. Over an hour elapsed before the dead body was recovered, although for some time the moans of the poor follow could be heard by the rescue party. An in-quest was held to-day, when a verdict of accidentally killed was returned. On Monday a minor named Chas. Edmonds met with a nasty accident in the shaft of the Walhalla Deep Lead Go., Moondarra ; he had charged three holes two only of which had exploded, and on descending the shaft to ascertain the cause, the third charge exploded bruising him and breaking his leg.

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« Reply #23 on: January 14, 2022, 12:47:09 PM »
Gippsland Times (Vic. : 1861 - 1954), Saturday 4 December 1869, page 3 newspaper reported the following death ......

A fatal accident to a wood splitter, named Richard Heywood, occurred on the 24th inst. It appears from the evidence given by his mates at a magisterial inquiry held before A. Bell, Esq., that the deceased was assisting in removing a log down the hill, when it suddenly slipped and crushed him against a stump; he died in three minutes.

The unfortunate man had time to get out of the way, but he seemed to have altogether lost his presence of mind, and made no effort to move. Dr. Macdonald said he had made a post mortem examination, and found the hip bone was broken, and his thigh cut nearly in two. Mr Bell gave it as his opinion that the deceased was accidentally killed........

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« Reply #24 on: January 14, 2022, 12:55:29 PM »
Ballarat Courier (Vic. : 1869 - 1884; 1914 - 1918), Friday 20 July 1883, page 4 reported the following fatal accident......

A miner named James Dunsby, aged twenty-one, was killed in the Long Tunnel mine when coming off the four o'olock shift on Wednesday afternoon. Dunsby was working in the No. 6 level, and the cage which came to from the No. 8 level with two miners, named Wall and John Matheson, stopped to take the deceased to the surface! The deceased rang five, that proper number of knocks, but two of them missed, and the brakeman, not understanding the signal, shook the rope for a repetition of the signal, when the deceased stepped off the cage and gave tho proper number of knocks.

 He then returned to re-enter the cage, which had left the level, and fell down the shaft, a distance of 200 feet. In about twenty minutes the body was brought to the surface, when Dr Gamble was in attendance, who pronounced life to be extinct, the injuries received by the unfortunate man being suffictent to cause instantaneous death.

 The lOth.anniversary of the Miners' Association was to have been held the same evening, but has been postponed in consequence of the melancholy event.—Argus.

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Re: Valley of Forgotten Ghosts: Walhalla : VIC
« Reply #25 on: January 14, 2022, 01:47:23 PM »
The real  ghosts of Walhalla are not the stories told by the Saturday night ghost tour....That seems more interested in selling far fetch stories to tourists....Which is a travesty because the Ghosts of Walhalla do have a story to tell etched into the lonely overgrown headstones of the cemetery. Of greed for gold at the expense of safety and through the newspapers of the day a matter of fact disregards for human life.

The children who needlessly died because of neglect shrugged off as an act of god.....


A very useful excuse back then. If it happened to day there would be hell to pay. Miners died because of very poor safety procedures and authorities turning a blind eye.....

Domestic violence causing death..elderly abuse child abuse letting kids play on the tramway of a mine. Not wonder the headstone in cemetery stand as reminder of neglect and competence. Timber getters cutting trees down causing  land slides killing families or themselves. Flash floods washing away housing built on the creek edge.

Walhalla to me is indeed the Valley of Forgotten Ghosts.....

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« Reply #26 on: January 18, 2022, 10:43:59 PM »
The long tunnel mine had a long history of death. Even years later....

Since then there was an attempt to reopen the shaft of the Long Tunnel Extended for exploratory gold mining by Walhalla Resources. In 1986 the roof collapsed into the shaft killing mine manager Paul Stienbecker. It took 6 months and cost $3 million to retrieve his body.

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