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Australian Hauntings Portal / Re: The Maid of the Mountains" Omeo: VIC
« Last post by KANACKI on Today at 03:37:37 PM »
Lucy Strobridge was very protective of her property and privacy. She was connected to the area for the whole of her 81 years and particularly after the death of her beloved brother Billy, became more attached to the huts and her heritage than ever.

A brief biography called “The Maid of the Mountains” was released in 2003 (Bob Bates) about this remarkable woman. It appears that Lucy is still haunting the Brookville area near the corner of Baldhead Road and Charlotte Spurt Track. Pay a visit if you get the chance. Unlike when she was alive, she may actual try to make contact.

Perhaps there is a continuation of the story from the afterlife?

Kanacki
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Australian Hauntings Portal / Re: The Maid of the Mountains" Omeo: VIC
« Last post by KANACKI on Today at 03:35:43 PM »
Lucy didn’t like strangers and she made elaborate plans to scare unknown visitors off. These included animal calls, particularly wild dogs, usually delivered after she had left her huts and run into the bush. If cornered, she would just not open the door. These tendencies became legendary amongst outdoor campers and 4WD clubs in the 1980s and 90s, not to mention a few locals, and she was dubbed ‘Mad Lucy’ by some. After she died, the Strobridge Huts, as they became known, were visited even more, and it was from then on we have accounts of spooky happenings and weird feelings.

In 2003, bushfires savaged he region and fire-fighters reported seeing a women dressed in rags berating the flames. This led to the legend that Lucy’s spirit had a hand in repelling the fires to protect Brookville. One off-road driving group who visited the huts in 2012 all experienced a “really, really creepy vibe” and everyone wanted to leave the place ASAP. Other curious people have reported seeing fleeting glimpses of a female dashing through the bushes and knocking coming from the hut. An acquaintance of mine who stayed in the front hut in 2009 (the rear hut is now considered too dangerous to enter due to disrepair) one night in the middle of summer mentioned its unnatural coldness, and a feeling of being prodded in the middle of night a few times by something like a foot.

Was it the ghost of Lucy?

To be continued.....

Kanacki
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Australian Hauntings Portal / Re: The Maid of the Mountains" Omeo: VIC
« Last post by KANACKI on Today at 03:33:31 PM »
The two women had a spartan lifestyle, living off the land and carting supplies from Swifts Creek on a weekly basis in an old pram. They would cut and collect firewood for warmth on a makeshift wheelbarrow. Ella lived until 1972 and after she died, it was just Lucy and she wasn’t going anywhere. She had started to show reclusive tendencies after her brother Billy, who she adored, was taken away and now, she basically didn’t talk at all.

Lucy continued living with no electricity and survived through the altruism of locals who would drop off supplies, check up on her and sometimes organize working bees to clean up the hut’s surrounds and do repairs. In 2001 a local passerby noticed her looking sick and limping. Lucy had sustained a foot injury that had become infected and she was taken to Omeo hospital and passed away soon after.

Here is a picture of her as a younger women. for those guests who cannot see the pictures below. I suggest signing up to this wonderful forum to get a unique insight into haunted places in Australia.

To be continued....

Kanacki
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Australian Hauntings Portal / Re: The Maid of the Mountains" Omeo: VIC
« Last post by KANACKI on Today at 03:21:41 PM »
The village was a thriving place on the back of the gold that was discovered there in 1868. The region was dotted with small gold-mining communities with the main town being Cassilis. Brookville is situated about 33 kilometres from Omeo, or nine west of Swifts Creek. At its peak around 600 people lived there in the 1890s, with two pubs and a post office.

The main mine found just 3 three kilometres away in a valley was called the Highland Chief. It employed some 60 men and one of them was John Strobridge. He built his first abode in 1895 and as he prospered and he married a girl named Ella Lasich. His 2nd daughter Lucy was born in 1919, following his 1st Maude. A son named Billy followed soon after.  Another sturdier home was built in the early 1920s, right next door to the original to provide more space.

With the money John had earned, Lucy went school in Melbourne but by the time she came back, Billy was sick with polio. He was transported to a polio clinic in Carlton in 1936 and died soon after. Then John passed away in 1941 which coincided with the decline of the village during the war years. Gold had started to dry up some two decades before. Maude had moved away after getting married and now it was just Ella and Lucy living in the two abodes, which were really just large one-room huts.

To be continued.....

Kanacki
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Australian Hauntings Portal / The Maid of the Mountains" Omeo: VIC
« Last post by KANACKI on Today at 03:18:37 PM »
Ah once again you are here addicted by curiosity of exploring tales of the undead the world on the hardly seen lingering in the dark corners of our thoughts. Once again Headless has excelled in our search to find as many ghost stories as possible. Preserving them here for others to enjoy in our own Australia folklore of ghosts. So grab a brew and sit by the camp fire of lost ghost stories. Today we are drifting down into the Victorian Alps a semi forgotten world.

Tucked away in the hills south-east of Omeo is a tiny forgotten village that until quite recently, still had one inhabitant, even though the rest of the former gold mining settlement had become a ghost town. These days, the former village of Brookville is known as the Strobridge Huts, a nickname used basically by hikers and 4WD enthusiasts, and those wishing to preserve what is left of the place. But according to some of those who come curiously to explore, Brookville’s last inhabitant may still be around, protecting her property from intruders.

to be continued.....

Kanacki
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My guess for the spirit of the Ladies’ Pavilion is Margaret Cotter. Her son played matches there a lot and the family lived in Sydney. The loss of two sons in the war, plus another two in railway accidents in Australia in the 1920s must have completely devastated her. Going to the cricket as the other of a well-known departed cricketer probably offered her some condolences and it appears that her grieving spirit decided to stay there forever to remember her famous son.

Such is the eternal sadness of a tragic loss can haunt the soul even after death?

Kanacki
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But there is one other possible candidate  … that of Emily Callaway. Her son Norman was a diminutive batsman born in Hay, 720 kilometres west of Sydney. He was an extremely promising up-and-coming batsman and made his first-class debut against Queensland in February 1915, the last major Australian cricket match before the war impact.

Callaway batted for four hours and made 207. He was the first of only three Australians to score a double century on first-class debut. His mother Emily was watching. This was an amazing effort that until this day is revered in Hay, and pure statistical terms, Callaway has holds the highest first-class batting average to this very day, even though he played only one match.  Soon after, Norman went to war and was reported missing-in-action in May 1917. His body has never been found.

His picture is below.

Suck a tragic waste of human life and such talent that was never full filled. One cannot imagine grief and revealing of powerful emotions at the tragic loss of so many loved one. But one can see all over in cities and towns memorials to the fallen from WW1.

A sad apparition of grief finding eternal solace in reliving a moment of a lost sons glory?

It is hard to know the identity of this alleged ghost  Emily Callaway or Margret Cotter?

To be continued.....

Kanacki
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The building was opened by Viscountess Lady Hampton, the great-great-grandmother of Duchess of York Sarah Ferguson. The pavilion has long been a favourite of the royal family but Lady Hampton just visited once. After WWI, as first-class cricket re-started after a six year break, it appears that a number of women returned to the stand to socialize, reminisce and grieve. Three NSW fits-class cricketers died during the war – Gother Clarke, Norman Callaway and Albert “Tibby” Cotter. The latter was the most well known as he played 21 Tests between 1904 and 1912 and took 89 wickets with his Mitch Johnson-like sling action.

Cotter was killed in action on 31 October 1917 and his brother John also died on the front four weeks earlier. His mother Margaret would seem a prime candidate for a grieving spirit.

Here is a picture of Tibby cotter below from 1905

To be continued......

Kanacki
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Here is a picture of the ladies pavilion below. For those who cannot see the picture I suggest signing up to this wonderful forum to get a fantastic insight into haunted places in Australia.

to be continued.....

Kanacki
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The rest of the article talks about the ghost tour but what is intriguing is that no NSW cricketer of note died during WWII. It is more likely that the spirit is related to a lost son of the first war. But who was it and who is the spectre that manifests itself through poltergeist activities?

A January 2018 interview with SCG Heritage Trust staff about the history of the Ladies’ Pavilion mentioned various spooky occurrences. One junior staffer just repeated that unusual stories and things happened regularly, but then his manager elaborated a lot more:

“The Sydney Cricket Ground is monitored 24 hours a day by our security guards, and often they’ll tell stories of switching off the lights and leaving the doors locked down here at the ladies pavilion only to come back some hours later with the doors open and the lights back on.”

He went on to say that some new employees have handed in their keys and walked off site after only one day’s work. Also some long-serving security guards have a tradition of, when they arrive at work for the night shift, they say hello and introduce themselves to the spirits that may be around. That apparently seems to quell any unsettling activity.

So, who might be around?

To be continued.....

Kanacki
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