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Ghost of the Stone house: Tantanoola: SA
« on: June 06, 2022, 11:37:52 PM »
Greeting once again to all of those addicted to the the forgotten dark side of Australia. Grab a seat around the campfire of lost ghost stories as old Kanacki has a yarn for ya.

Once again many thanks to headless for the following yarn. Headless tireless research of late has uncovered many amazing interesting ghost yarns. All most all forgotten today. So my friends you have the privilege to read such stories that have not been told or published for many many decades perhaps even over century.

So grab you favorite brew and stare into fire of lost ghost stories and be taken back into the past into the dark mysterious haunting bush of south Australia.

To be continued......

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Re: Ghost of the Stone house: Tantanoola: SA
« Reply #1 on: June 07, 2022, 12:15:32 AM »
The following newspaper Published by Chronicle Adelaide, SA. Thu 12 May 1932 reported the following ghost story.

About three miles from the late Mr Taylor's old homestead at Lake Bonney (South-East), and several miles from Tantanoola, there once stood, on a lonely knoll, an old-fashioned four roomed stone house, which was surrounded by dense scrub. No one had lived in this house for years. People who knew its reputation shunned it.

Two rabbit trappers, who knew nothing of its history, sought shelter there one night. After their evening meal, they spread their blankets, and were soon asleep. It must have been about midnight, when one trapper was awakened by the crying of a baby. The sound increased in intensity, until it awakened the other man.

Completely mystified, they lit a candle, and began to explore the rooms. They could find nothing. After this experience they could not sleep, and they decided to leave the house. But a storm outside drove them back to shelter, and, as the crying had ceased, they resolved to remain until morning.

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Re: Ghost of the Stone house: Tantanoola: SA
« Reply #2 on: June 07, 2022, 12:17:14 AM »
A few minutes later, a new development occurred. Tramping feet were heard in an adjoining room. By now the trappers had determined to see the thing out, and, incidentally, to teach any would-be jokers a lesson.

They went to the chamber where these noises were heard. As soon as the room was entered the tramping ceased, but it commenced in another room. This happened in all the rooms in turn. Finding no explanation of the mystery, the men began to feel terrified. Their fears were not lessened when, sometimes, the tramping stopped, and was replaced by the sound of feet running round the outside of the house. Finally, the rabbiters became panic-stricken, and shouted for help.

By now, strange noises were heard alternately in the rooms, outside, or under the flooring boards. Just about dawn the disturbance ceased as suddenly as it commenced. The trappers swore that for no sum of money would they spend another night in the place.

The mystery has never been solved?

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Re: Ghost of the Stone house: Tantanoola: SA
« Reply #3 on: June 07, 2022, 12:29:26 AM »
Ah indeed an odd mystery indeed. Was it possibly to perhaps identify the alleged spirit haunting the ruined cottage? And where exactly was this cottage and does it still exists today?

Well my friends Old Kanacki could not help himself to dig a little deeper. But alas I went on a bum steer so to speak. Because when I read Lake Bonney I thought about the Lake Bonny on the Murray River land region. I did not know there was another Lake Bonney in South Australia, So it just goes to show ya learn some thing new everyday.

Down in the south East there is a lake Bonney near Tantanoola. And it was there I found ruined stone cottage exist still there today. All be it in much more ruined condition. The picture below is of the ruins. For those who cannot see the picture I suggest signing up to this forum to get a unique insight into haunted Australia.

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Re: Ghost of the Stone house: Tantanoola: SA
« Reply #4 on: June 07, 2022, 12:40:04 AM »
So who was this alleged ghost haunting this ruined stone cottage?

The Narracoorte Herald (SA : 1875 - 1954), Tuesday 24 August 1926, page 4 newspaper reported the following story.

DEATH OF A TANTANOOLA

RESIDENT.

Mr. Alfred George Taylor (69), a grazier, was found dead in iris hut at Lake Bonney, near Tantanoola, on Tuesdays August 10. The body was clothed with the exception of hat, boots, and socks, and there was evidence that the deceased had a heavy fall after rising from his bunk, as there was a wound on his head, and blood stains about. He was last seen alive the previous day, when he was found ill. After enquiries an inquest was 'considered unnecessary. It is stated that some years ago his residence was struck by lightning, and considlerably damaged, and he would not live in it again. He was a bachelor, and had no relatives in the district.

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Re: Ghost of the Stone house: Tantanoola: SA
« Reply #5 on: June 07, 2022, 12:58:36 AM »
Was he murdered and was his unquiet spirit still haunting ruins seeking justice? So we could assume that rabbit trappers some time visited the abandoned stone house some time after  Alfred George Taylors death in 1926.

By 1929 the rabbit industry was reported to be the largest employer of labour in Australia with the great depression more people unemployed used it as source of income so its not beyond the realms of possibility some time between 1926 and 1932 some rabbit catchers camped inside the abandoned stone house.

But what of the baby crying? Alfred George Taylor take some dark secret to the grave? Was it lightning kept him away from his house or guilt even in death his restless soul tormented by guilt. Is some dramatic scene being repeated like a stone tape ghost of some traumatic past event?

Many questions yet so few answers........

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Re: Ghost of the Stone house: Tantanoola: SA
« Reply #6 on: June 07, 2022, 05:50:28 PM »
Here is a few more pictures below of ruined building. It can be still visited today.

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Re: Ghost of the Stone house: Tantanoola: SA
« Reply #7 on: June 07, 2022, 06:05:01 PM »
Another newspaper version gave the following.

MAN'S LONELY DEATH.

MlLLICElfT. August 13.

The dead body of Mr.; Alfred George Taylor (69), a glazier, was found "on the' floor of his hut on the shore of Lake Bonney, south of Tantanoola, on Tuesday, morning. The body was clothed, with the exception of hat, boots, and socks. Bloodstain's on an oak post and a wound on the head suggested that deceased had a heavy fall, apparently just after rising from his bunk.

He was last seen alive on Monday, when visitors to the hut found Mr Taylor ill, and attended to his wants. M.C.' A. McLean, of MilKcent, and Mr. E. J. F. Altschwager, of Tantanoola, visited the hut and the Corner issued a certificate for burial. The late Mr Taylor was- widely known. Some, years ago his residence was struck by lightning and considerable damaged. He could not be prevailed upon to use the house afterwards- and had since lived in an adjacent hut. He was frequently visited by fishing and shooting parties, for whom he acted as a ferryman, taking them to the coastal side, of the lake in his motor boat.

He was a bachelor. - A nephew and two brothers are employed by Mr. J. Livingston on the latter's Koondi property.

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Re: Ghost of the Stone house: Tantanoola: SA
« Reply #8 on: June 07, 2022, 06:37:29 PM »
What is interesting the remains of wooden boat can still be seen today. See picture below. Once again for those guest who cannot see such picture? I suggest trying to join the forum to get unique insight into haunted places in Australia.

Another thing the locals say that tea trees in the strong southern ocean winds can create a wailing sound? Is that what the trappers heard in the depths of the night? And there imaginations did the rest. What of footsteps? Was it a loose roof lifting under the air currents of an old chilly night giving the impression of footsteps?

Or was it some thing more darker more supernatural relating to the death of its former occupant Alfred George Taylor?

Once again I leave that to you to decide.....

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