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Title: Haunted Cooma Cottage: Yass: NSW
Post by: KANACKI on April 06, 2022, 12:10:38 PM
Greetings once again lovers of all things ghostie. The following yarn of forgotten ghosts is from Way out Yass way in rural NSW. So grab a brew and pull up a seat next to the campfire of forgotten ghosts.

Cooma Cottage is the former Yass home of Hamilton Hume, the first Australian-born explorer. You know, of ”Hume and Hovell” fame – the duo who over three months from October 1824 to January 1825 forged an overland route from Lake George to Port Phillip (Geelong).

purchased by Hume and his wife, Elizabeth, in 1839 from pioneering pastoralist Henry O’Brien and his brother Cornelius who had built a basic three-room farm cottage, this colonial bungalow is one of our region’s 19th century treasures.

After retiring from exploring, Hume turned to grazing and lived at his Yass retreat until 1873 when he died, following complications from an earlier scorpion bite. With no children (although rumours are rife that he fathered a child or two out of wedlock), Elizabeth stayed on until 1875 before the cottage was left to Hume’s nephew, John Kennedy Hume Jnr. Somewhat curiously, in 1890 it was transformed into the New Nordach Institute of Consumption for patients suffering from pulmonary tuberculosis.

In fact, The Town and Country Journal of July 1, 1899 reported

“the dry, keen air creates an appetite proportioned to the enormous meals the patient is compelled to eat … the establishment is under the personal supervision of a duly qualified doctor, so that the greatest care is exercised in all matters relating to sanitary and disinfecting matters.”

Another notable owner of Cooma Cottage was recluse Jack Bourke who ran it as a horse stud for many decades until 1970, when philanthropist Mary Griffiths of Canberra bought the derelict property and donated it to the National Trust, who have painstakingly restored it back to the period of Hume’s occupancy.

However even some members especially care takers of the National trust believe the place to be haunted?

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Title: Re: Haunted Cooma Cottage: Yass: NSW
Post by: KANACKI on April 06, 2022, 12:16:23 PM
Past caretakers have experienced several unexplained happenings they believe may fall into the realm of the paranormal.

From strange taps on the shoulders to lights going on, there’s definitely a weird presence there,” says Sue Gaffney, who spent over a decade living in the cottage. Some believe this could be the ghost of Hume who was never happy with the recognition he received following his trip with Hovell?

But it is not the only apparition to haunt the old homestead?

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Title: Re: Haunted Cooma Cottage: Yass: NSW
Post by: KANACKI on April 06, 2022, 12:21:24 PM
Several visitors also claim they ”see” a lady in white dress, which they believe may be from the tuberculosis sanitorium days. As it is believed some of the patients died there?

Arguably the spookiest place at Cooma Cottage is the cellar where there are rumours of convicts kept on chains. With a creaking trapdoor the only way in and adorned in cobwebs, it’s not a place anyone would appreciate being locked in.

It has also been speculated that the cool underground cellar was used as a temporary morgue during the time the cottage was used as a sanitorium ?

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Title: Re: Haunted Cooma Cottage: Yass: NSW
Post by: KANACKI on April 06, 2022, 12:34:55 PM
Could the alleged ghost of the women in White be the following....

Yass Tribune-Courier (NSW : 1929 - 1954), Thursday 21 May 1936, page 2 newspaper reported the following?



Miss Ellen Clayton Hume, of "Beulah," Appin Road, Campbelltown, who died at Manly on May 1, lived practically the whole of her life at "Beulah," a property left her father, the late John Kennedy Hume, and who subsequently handed that picturesque and historic property and homestead to the deceased, states the "Tumut Times." "Beulah" originally was a grant to Hamilton Hume by Governor Lachlan Macquarie.

The late Miss Hume was born at "Cooma Cottage," Yass, the home of Hamilton Hume, the explorer, who after "blazing the trail" from Appin Road to Port Phillip, Victoria, settled down at Yass, being the first white settler to live in that now prosperous town. The late Miss Humes' father, John Kennedy Hume, was a famous geologist.

The deceased was in her early sixties when she died, and for a considerable time previous to her demise did not enjoy continued good health, and she died while at Manly on a holiday. She was a woman deeply admired by everyone, and all through her life her purse was ever open for the cause of charity and for the poor and needy.

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Title: Re: Haunted Cooma Cottage: Yass: NSW
Post by: KANACKI on April 06, 2022, 12:41:09 PM
The Following person died there at Cooma Cottage.

Yass Evening Tribune (NSW : 1899 - 1928), Monday 16 June 1924, page 2 reported the following.



Mr William Bowden, an old identity of Yass, passed away at his residence "Cooma Cottage," formerly the residence of the late Hamilton Hume, 9.15 p.m. on Friday night. Deceased had been ailing for some time, but the end was not expected and he died rather suddenly.

Just before retiring he was joking with his wife, and a quarter of an hour later he passed away. His death came as a shock to his family and friends. The late Mr Bowden, who was 65 years of age, arrived in Yass about 30 years ago, and commenced road con trading.

He was 23 years of age when he came to Australia, and for about 12 months was a resident of Queensland. Coming South he worked on the construction of the Demondrille to Cowra railway, also on the Cooma line. When "Hardwicke" was sub-divided the late Mr Bowden acquired a picked block upon which stood the residence of the late Hamilton Hume, where be carried on farming and pastoral pursuits.

He leaves a widow and a grown-up family of four sons and three daughters, viz., W.H.. Alf., William and Richard Bowden; Mrs Robertson, 'Cooma Cottage'; Mrs Denny, Plunkett Street, Yass; Mrs H. James, Yass. Mrs Robert Beasy, a sister, resides in Yass, The funeral took place yesterday, and was largely attended, the remains being interred In the Church of England portion of the Yass cemetery. Rev. W. M. Holliday officiated at the graveside.

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Title: Re: Haunted Cooma Cottage: Yass: NSW
Post by: KANACKI on April 06, 2022, 12:45:16 PM
The Weekly Times (Melbourne, Vic. : 1869 - 1954), Saturday 3 May 1873, page 8 reported the death of HUME.—On the 19th April, at his residence, Cooma Cottage, Yass, N.S.W., Hamilton Hume, Esq., J.P., F.R.G.S., aged seventy-six years.

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Title: Re: Haunted Cooma Cottage: Yass: NSW
Post by: KANACKI on April 07, 2022, 12:56:04 PM
Here is more about the famous occupamt of Cooma Cottage.

Hamilton Hume (1797-1873), explorer, was born on 19 June 1797, near Parramatta, New South Wales, the eldest son of Andrew Hamilton Hume and his wife Elizabeth, née Kennedy. An accomplished woman of an equable nature, Elizabeth was a perfect foil for her unpredictable husband, and gave her four children, particularly Hamilton, the rudiments of a sound education. In 1812 the family moved to a grant of 100 acres (40 ha) at Appin. Two years later Hamilton, 17, made his first journey of exploration when, with his brother John and an Aboriginal man, he reached the Berrima-Bong Bong district. In the next two years Hamilton, leaving the youthful John at home, made two more successful journeys to the same district and penetrated as far as the Bungonia district.

At the request of Governor Macquarie, Hume in 1818 accompanied Charles Throsby and James Meehan to the 'New Country', virtually the area already referred to but taking in more of the County of Argyle. The party split up; Hume and Meehan pressed on and reached Lake Bathurst and the Goulburn plains. Whilst at the lake Meehan traced the traced the course of the Mulwaree River for some distance while Hume made an excursion to the Gourock range. Rejoining for the return journey they passed close to the site of what became Goulburn. Next year Hume accompanied John Oxley and Meehan to Jervis Bay; Hume and Meehan, who worked well together, returned overland.

Throsby and John Macarthur next sought Hume's services as guide to the Bong Bong district, and in 1821 or 1822 Hume, accompanied by his brother-in-law, George Barber, and W. H. Broughton, found the Yass Plains: the party had gone to the Gunning district to establish a station. In 1822 Lieutenant Johnston, Alexander Berry and Hume reached the Clyde River; penetrating its upper reaches Berry and Hume moved inland almost to the site of Braidwood. For these services he received a grant of 300 acres (121 ha) at Appin and there built his first home. It was Berry who brought together Hume and Captain William Hovell for what was to be Hume's most famous and fruitful journey to Port Phillip and back in 1824-25.

Hume agreed to lead a party overland to Spencer Gulf, but was unable to finance the journey wholly himself. As government backing was not forthcoming he was on the point of abandoning the project when Hovell offered to accompany him and share the cost. Hovell, an English sea captain, eleven years older than Hume, had settled on a grant at Narellan. He had little experience in the bush but could navigate. An agreement was signed but the arrangements were loose and unsatisfactory. The government contributed a few bare essentials: a tent, tarpaulin, pack-saddles, firearms and ammunition, but everything else was provided equally by the two principals, and each brought three assigned servants. Such instructions as the government's contribution permitted it to give were a bone of contention between Hume and Hovell almost from the start, and by mutual consent their objective was changed to Westernport. On 17 October 1824, a fortnight after leaving Hume's home at Appin, the party left his station at Gunning, then the farthest out. In the next sixteen weeks the party passed by many important locations not previously seen by Europeans, including the Murray River, which the explorers for different reasons named the Hume, many of its tributaries, and the valuable agricultural and grazing lands between Gunning and Corio Bay in Victoria. It was a rich return for the distance travelled. They arrived back at Gunning on 18 January 1825. For his services Hume received a grant of 1200 acres (486 ha), which he was forced to sell to pay outstanding expenses; he had had to sell 'a fine iron plough' to pay for essentials before setting out.

Both Hume and Hovell convinced Governors Sir Thomas Brisbane and (Sir) Ralph Darling that the farthest point reached by the expedition had been Westernport. Hume's failure to voice his suspicions that the point reached was Corio Bay in Port Phillip was a grave error. On the evidence available his later statement that he was 'aware of it all the time', must be considered an afterthought.

Soon after his return Hamilton Hume married Elizabeth, second daughter of John and Hannah Dight of Richmond.

The government in 1827 offered a grant or other indulgences for anyone finding the route of a new road over the Blue Mountains. This attracted Hume and he was successful. Though his line of road was not adopted he received a grant of 1280 acres (518 ha) for his services and as additional remuneration for his work with Hovell. In 1828 he was attached by Darling to Charles Sturt's expedition into the interior. The party reached the Darling River. On this trip Hume showed his ability to work well and enthusiastically under a man he liked and respected. They became lifelong friends and Hume's ability to to negotiate with Aboriginal people was never better illustrated than on this journey.

The appreciative Sturt endeavoured to obtain his services for an expedition down the Murray, but he was unable to go; Hume's health had been impaired by the rigours of the journeys with Hovell and he now had to consider his wife and his future. His choice of the Yass plains as the site of a home was probably made in the early 1820s when the area was already being settled by squatters. Hume moved to the plains in 1829, receiving one grant of 1280 acres (518 ha) and another of 1920 (777 ha). By 1830 he was established with several flocks of sheep and a number of pigs. Later he held three expanded holdings, Humewood, Marchmont and Eurolie.

In 1839 he bought from Henry and Cornelius O'Brien a cottage and 100 acres (40 ha) on the Yass River and lived there. A few years later Hamilton Hume, who was childless, practically commandeered the eldest son of his youngest brother, Francis Rawdon Hume. The nephew largely took over the management of the holdings, and worked amicably with his uncle for two decades, laying the foundations of a merino stud that was not dispersed until 1914.

In 1853 Hovell visited Geelong where he was fêted as its European discoverer. Reports of this reached Hume, who was so incensed by what he considered a playing down of his part in the 1824 journey that he rushed into print. The result, a pamphlet entitled A Brief Statement of Facts in Connection with an Overland Expedition from Lake George to Port Phillip in 1824 (Sydney, 1855), gave Hume's version of the events that took place on the journey and the part played by Hovell. Evidence in support of Hume was given by three assigned servants, Angel, Fitzpatrick and Boyd, the last, for the journey, a servant of Hovell.

It was a damning indictment and could not fail to injure Hovell in the eyes of the public. He retaliated with a Reply to 'A Brief Statement of Facts …' (Sydney, 1855) and thereafter remained silent. It was an unhappy, pointless quarrel which destroyed any friendship between Hume and Hovell that the success of the journey may have engendered.

In 1860 Hamilton Hume was elected a fellow of the Royal Geographical Society. He became a magistrate and attended to his duties in Yass almost to the day of his death. An Anglican, he was a foundation trustee of St Clement's, Yass, and other institutions in the township. As the years advanced his health declined; another pointless quarrel resulted in the parting of uncle and nephew in 1865. From then on the explorer's deterioration was rapid. Almost totally deaf, with a failing memory, and now obsessed with the idea that his place in the 1824 expedition had not been restored in the public's estimation, he was preparing a second edition of his Statement when he died at his home, Cooma Cottage, Yass, on 19 April 1873.

The third edition with addenda, published posthumously in 1874, added nothing to what was already known and only served to fan the embers of a bitter controversy. Hume's work as an explorer was done by the time he was 31, but it was very important. Despite his background he had to contend with the contempt of authority for the colonial-born. Such recognition and remuneration as he received stemmed entirely from his own energy, resource, and from the determination that brought the 1824 journey to a successful conclusion. By nature he was generous and genuinely fond of his many nephews and nieces, most of whom benefited from his will.

Hamilton Hume and his wife, who survived him by thirteen years, were buried side by side at Yass cemetery. Portraits of both are at the Mitchell Library, Sydney. The main highway between Sydney and Melbourne commemorates his contribution to Australian exploration, as do the Hume Dam and Lake Hume, on the upper reaches of the River Murray.

Was this feeling of lack of recognition a driving in keeping this energetic old man earth bound after death?

Here is his picture below. For those guests who cannot see the pictures I suggest you sign up to the forum to get a marvelous insight into haunted Australia.

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Title: Re: Haunted Cooma Cottage: Yass: NSW
Post by: KANACKI on April 07, 2022, 01:06:35 PM
Here is some Pictures of Cooma Cottage. For those wishing to visit it is open to the the public and who knows you might stumbled on the restless Ghost of Hamilton Hume?

Title: Re: Haunted Cooma Cottage: Yass: NSW
Post by: KANACKI on April 07, 2022, 01:09:37 PM
Here are the pictures.


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