Author Topic: The Haunted Inn on Sandy creek: Sandy Crossing: NSW  (Read 311 times)

Offline KANACKI

  • Senior Contributor
  • *****
  • Posts: 3585
  • Kanacki ceisiwr o'r ateb
The Haunted Inn on Sandy creek: Sandy Crossing: NSW
« on: June 14, 2022, 05:52:50 PM »
Hello once again to those of us that are bedeviled in relishing of such stories of ghostly hauntings in Australia? Ya have come to the right place and grab a seat around the camp fire of lost Australian ghost stories. The following yarn I must give credit where credit due was found through the tireless efforts of Headless.

This following ghost story evolved along the great northern road of New South Wales in the early days of settlement. Was she murdered or was she not? Remains the question lost in the flames of the camp fire of lost ghost stories.

To be continued.....

Kanacki

Offline KANACKI

  • Senior Contributor
  • *****
  • Posts: 3585
  • Kanacki ceisiwr o'r ateb
Re: The Haunted Inn on Sandy creek: Sandy Crossing: NSW
« Reply #1 on: June 14, 2022, 05:56:00 PM »
The following story was Published by The World's News  newspaper Sydney, NSW  Sat 7 Nov 1908.

THE HAUNTED HOUSE BY SANDY CREEK

The spot was a tumbledown dwelling by Sandy Creek, or rather right at what was known as Sandy Crossing.
It had formerly been used as an hotel. A long ramshackle place with a low front verandah, and numerous tumbledown out-buildings. It was on the Great Northern road, which, in those days, practically commenced at Maitland and ran through to the heart of Queensland.

The house stood a couple of hundred yards back from the road, with dense timber growing up to within a few yards of the small paddock and enclosure adjoining the buildings. It was known far and wide as the Haunted House, and was given a wide berth by all travellers who knew the route in those parts. Itinerants who had not heard of it, occasionally sought its shelter for the night; but, without fail, in every instance, they hurriedly quitted it before morning, very often minus half their scanty belongings. They all told the same tale to the settlers down the creek, tales of unearthly noises, of swiftly passing footsteps, and the creaking of the boards all over the place.

To be continued.....

Kanacki

Offline KANACKI

  • Senior Contributor
  • *****
  • Posts: 3585
  • Kanacki ceisiwr o'r ateb
Re: The Haunted Inn on Sandy creek: Sandy Crossing: NSW
« Reply #2 on: June 14, 2022, 05:57:37 PM »
The legend of the Haunted House by Sandy Crossing was the mysterious disappearance of a governess who taught the publican's children. She was said to have been a most beautiful young woman, with raven-black hair, an amiable and accomplished lady, and in those surroundings far below her station in life. She had, by some mischance, drifted north to these desolate parts, with the ebb and flow of the human tide.

The publican, in spite of being possessed of a good and dutiful wife, became madly infatuated with her. Pending his passion unreturned, he sought solace in drink, as many men do, and to that extent he made the place a perfect hell; and the quiet governess was forced to give notice of leaving. She retired to her room one night as usual, and was never seen again. The whole country was scoured, and the services of the police requisitioned; but no trace nor tidings were ever found of her.

Gradually after this, strange tales came from travellers who stopped over night at the house. They had been awakened from their slumbers by piercing screams, and the most intense cries of anguish, cries as if from a human being in pain and suffering. The publican had never been the same man since the lady's disappearance. He would sit and brood for days and days, speaking to no one; silent and moody, like one with some terrible weight on his mind. Then he would take to the drink. Finally, to shorten the story, business sank to zero, and he and his family passed out, drifting away, no one knew where. Thus abandoned, the house which had been his own and on freehold land, fell to decay, and in a few years was tumbling down, the shrubs and thistles and the briars smothered its fallen walls.

To be continued......

Kanacki

Offline KANACKI

  • Senior Contributor
  • *****
  • Posts: 3585
  • Kanacki ceisiwr o'r ateb
Re: The Haunted Inn on Sandy creek: Sandy Crossing: NSW
« Reply #3 on: June 14, 2022, 06:01:03 PM »
Often as a boy I had to pass by it coming that way from visits with my people to the settlements farther north; and I was always glad when we were well past it, particularly at night time. Many tales came from the deserted house, but somehow no one ever saw fit to deliberately spend a night there, and find out what really constituted the tale of it being haunted.

But, certain it was that the story of the cries and screams and other noises did not alone come from the casual traveller. Never a man working on either the stations above or below the place, who had to pass near it by nightfall, but came in having either heard the most dreadful noises or screams, or seen some strange, silent, moving figure passing from one part of the house to another.


To be continued.....

Kanacki

Offline KANACKI

  • Senior Contributor
  • *****
  • Posts: 3585
  • Kanacki ceisiwr o'r ateb
Re: The Haunted Inn on Sandy creek: Sandy Crossing: NSW
« Reply #4 on: June 14, 2022, 06:02:52 PM »
But the most tragic and memorable incident occurred when a pedlar, passing with his pack on his shoulders, was compelled to seek shelter in it out of the blinding storm of the night. He was not aware of the story connected with the place, but he made his bed down in the night. A comparatively young looking man, with brown hair, and when he left it in the morning it was snow white, and he turned up at the station on the south side of the creek a doddering decrepit man (for the time being, anyhow) who looked as if he had viewed some awful sight. He had to be tended and cared for, for a few days, and then sent in to the hospital in the township 20 miles away.

But he told his story before he left the station. He said he went to bed, and had been awakened a little time after, by the most awful shrieks and cries, as of some human being in agony. He sat up in bed, transfixed with deadly fear. He could not move, and the cold perspiration broke out on him. Then he heard movements in some part of the house, as if something were being dragged over the floor a couple of rooms away. The sounds gradually grew fainter and fainter, as if the movements had ceased.

All was silence for one moment, then one prolonged human shriek sent the chill of death to his heart, and he swooned into unconsciousness. He came to his senses in the early dawn, and made out of the place with feeble haste. He did not investigate; his only thought was to get away from his surroundings.

To be continued........

Kanacki

Offline KANACKI

  • Senior Contributor
  • *****
  • Posts: 3585
  • Kanacki ceisiwr o'r ateb
Re: The Haunted Inn on Sandy creek: Sandy Crossing: NSW
« Reply #5 on: June 14, 2022, 06:05:00 PM »
Yet one more incident, a stripling station hand, had to come by the haunted house near dark one night on his way home from searching for some straying stock. Sheer curiosity led him to ride close up to it. We could never get him to say exactly what he saw, but it was a figure of some kind which came towards him in the gloom with arms outstretched, and uttering the faintest of cries.

But this was enough for him. He dug the spurs into his horse, and galloped the full six miles to the station without drawing rein, and flung himself from his panting and foam covered horse on to the verandah of the men's hut. He could not speak for a little time. It is a full quarter of a century ago, but I am in a position to record he has never fully recovered from the shock, and probably never will.

All traces of the haunted house are now removed; no vestige remains to mark the spot where it stood; but residents and travellers in those parts yet retail its legend.

To be continued......

Kanacki

Offline KANACKI

  • Senior Contributor
  • *****
  • Posts: 3585
  • Kanacki ceisiwr o'r ateb
Re: The Haunted Inn on Sandy creek: Sandy Crossing: NSW
« Reply #6 on: June 14, 2022, 06:18:53 PM »
Old Kanacki was intrigued enough to see if I could find the location of this lost haunted location lost in the camp fire of forgotten ghost stories?

I did find a place called Sandy Crossing? Was the correct one? It was north of Maitland and was once part of the great northern road so its possible? Sandy creek is called Coldstream River today but the bridge and area is still known as Sandy Crossing? Is some where is bush nearby the remains of this once haunted house?

You guess is as valid as mine? The two pictures below are of the approximate location of where this haunted Inn once stood? Was the alleged ghost of the governments still haunting the locality? For those guests who cannot see the pictures I suggest signing up to this wonderful forum to get a unique insight into haunted locations around Australia and much more.

If anything the the camp fire flames tell interesting forgotten ghost stories lost in our dark dusty corridors of our ghost folklore.

Kanacki

 


SMF 2.0.18 | SMF © 2021, Simple Machines | Terms & Conditions | Privacy Policy
SimplePortal 2.3.3 © 2008-2010, SimplePortal