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Demon Horse of Sutton Forest: Southern Highlands: NSW
« on: July 01, 2022, 12:28:50 PM »
Greetings once again from blind old Kanacki. Ah don't you all love a good ghost yarn? Our Australian folklore is full of such stories. Enough to keep the fires of lost ghost stories burning until we become ghosts ourselves perhaps.

So grab a favorite brew and grab a seat next to the campfire of doom. As old Kanacki has a yarn for ya. The story I  knew about but I have to thank Headless once again in finding more about it. The southern highlands South west of Sydney is more genteel today. The area has expensive properties of the elite around Mossvale, Robertson, Bundanoon ,Mittagong and of course Bowral.

One could almost think it was like the quaint country towns of England? Yet with distinct Australian flavor. But the host of early English settlers brought their own cultures of story telling and folklore transplanting it onto the Australian landscape.

One such story was the demon horse a spectacular harbinger of death. I first became aware of the story of ghost by author Warren Fahey. A riderless horse known as the black horse of Sutton's Forest. It was regarded as a sign of coming disaster. It has been known to pass right through houses.

A ghost horse that predicts death.

To be continued.....

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Re: Demon Horse of Sutton Forest: Southern Highlands: NSW
« Reply #1 on: July 01, 2022, 12:34:16 PM »
The following newspaper The Sydney Morning Herald NSW Sat 20 Sep 1952 told the following story below.

BLACK HORSE OF SUTTON

Another famous Monaro spectre was known as the "Black Horse of Sutton." This apparition was allegedly seen by a certain family, but only when disaster befell their house. The first visitation was soon after the father of the house had gone to Goulburn to arrange a land deal to extend his large property. As he was returning home he was thrown from his horse and killed.

The tragedy occurred on a mild summer night; the man's wife was seated on the broad flagged verandah of the homestead when she heard the faint echo of galloping hoofs along the dusty home road. There was a pause, then the sound of a gate being opened, the wheeling of a horse as though a man had turned to close the gate, the clanging sound as if it had shut again; then, once more, the sound of galloping hoofs.

The woman stood up and walked to the top of the verandah steps to welcome her husband.
"It must be John," she said to herself. "Strange, I wonder why he didn't cooee as he always does?
Why-I'm trembling! Perhaps it's just-oh!-his horse! John! John! Where are you?"

A riderless horse had come into view, its hoofs pounding on the drive. It crossed the lawn at breakneck speed straight towards the house. The sound was muffled a moment, then was taken up again at the back of the house. The riderless horse had apparently passed through the house and disappeared into the ranges beyond. When a search was made, the man was found dead, his horse grazing nearby.

Old identities in the district will tell you that when disaster came again to that family the riderless horse was seen galloping once more. It allegedly made its appearance when the woman's eldest son was killed at the Boer War, and again when the youngest son met his death in an accident. The house was demolished long ago and today sheep graze across the country where the riderless horse comes no more.

Was there any history of truth to this story?

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Re: Demon Horse of Sutton Forest: Southern Highlands: NSW
« Reply #2 on: July 01, 2022, 12:44:53 PM »
The Goulburn Herald (NSW : 1860 - 1864), Saturday 4 April 1863, page 2 newspaper reported the following.

SUTTON FOREST. (From our correspondent.)

I HAVE this week the painful task of recording two sudden deaths, which took place in a like number of days. It is so seldom that anything of the sort happens here, that a gloom has been cast over the whole community. Mrs. Cook, the wife of a laborer in the employ of H. Badgery, Esq., died suddenly on Saturday last. She had been confined a few days before, and on Friday, was pronounced by Dr. Buchanan out of danger, which assertion he reiterated on Saturday morning.

Shortly after his departure she become worse, and though everything was done that was possible, she expired almost immediately. She leaves six children, the eldest not yet twelve years of age, who would prove a terrible drag on the un happy father, but for the kindness of Mrs. Badgery, who will take charge of two or three of the little ones. On Monday. afternoon, as the body was being conveyed to its last resting place it was stopped on reaching the Talbot Inn, by a constable, and an investigation held before Clarles Nichlolson, Esq., J.P., in absence of the coroner.

The evidence taken, will be laid before a medical board, for further investigation. The same afternoon an inquiry was held before Messrs. Morrice, Badgery, and Nicholson, JP.'s, touching the death of Mr. Robert Wallace, mail contractor, an old resident in the district. From the evidence, it appeared that on Friday night, being away from home, he had mounted a horse on which Mr. O'Keeffe, the poundkeeper was riding, in order to return, and that on ascending the hill between Walker's Bridge and Horam's, he had fallen off, and received injuries on his head that rendered him insensible.

He was carried home, where Dr. Buchanan was shortly after in attendance, but his aid was of no avail, for the unfortunate man breathed his last on Sunday evening, having been unconscious to the last. A verdict of accidental death was returned. The large cortege that followed the remains to the grave, amply evinced how much the deceased had been respected, during his long residence here.

A report his just reached me, to the effect that a young man named Garbutt, has been thrown from his horse, while attempting to clear a fence, and thus received severe injuries on the head, but at present I have no particulars. Wednesday, April 1st, 1863.

Was the ghost horse of legend  connected Mr. Robert Wallace death falling from a horse?

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Re: Demon Horse of Sutton Forest: Southern Highlands: NSW
« Reply #3 on: July 01, 2022, 01:13:45 PM »
Strange enough Black Horse Farm, Sutton Forest NSW was called Black Horse Inn was built in 1835 and licensed to Edward Gray. Bushranger Jacky Jacky Westwood was captured here in 1841.

You can see in the pictures  below black horse inn that still exists being a private residence today. And the bridge where Robert wallace had his fatal accident in 1863.

Was it his tragic death falling from horse in Sutton forest created the ghost story of the charging back horse?

Kanacki

 


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