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Another ghosts that haunts the old cemetery is BENJAMIN HALLEN — 1800-1843

Much of the paranormal activity recorded at St Bartholomew’s is around the gravesite of former sea captain Hallen.He was baptised at St Bartholomew, Staffordshire Shire, England but he did not have a connection to the Prospect parish apart from the fact he was buried there because his cousins were in-laws of William Lawson.

St Bart’s has been Hallen’s resting place since 1846 (three years after his death when he was 43).

About 15 years ago, a man became unconscious just minutes after dancing on top of the vault. Only this year, a man was rushed to hospital after passing out near the vault. It’s the fifth time Magann has had to call the ambulance during a ghost tour.

“We don’t know what happens, they just pass out,’’ Magann says.“He literally does not like people trespassing where they shouldn’t be.“I would say he was a very determined man.’’

Magann believes she has seen Hallen’s spirit. “I believe it’s this man because he walks in a very, very particular way and you will know if you’re looking at Ben Hallen.

There is a photograph of Ben Hallens grave below.

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The ghost peering out of the window is believed to be....

JOHN POND 1858-1951

A friendlier spirit, Pond has left his mark on St Bart’s beyond the street named in his honour. His connection to the site was deep. A Parramatta born lad, Pond married Isabella Newis at St Bart’s on November 1, 1882. He also taught there, was a grave digger, a church warden on the site and lived nearby. He died in March 1951 aged 92.

Here is a picture of him and his wife below.

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Still the ghost sightings continued....

The following picture of a man peering out the window of the church has allegedly been identified as the former grave digger caretaker....Now still care taking the place in the afterlife....

Once again those guest who cannot see the picture I suggest you sign up to the forums to see amazing pictures of haunted places in Australia.

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Members of the paranormal team, which has ventured out to St Bart’s since August, also say they spotted a girl with a similar description running around only to see her disappear shortly afterwards.

“I think with that place, the more we investigate the more questions we ask,’’ Ryan says.
“We’ve had some interesting encounters there.“This one, we would say, this is not actually haunted but intelligently haunted. They know you’re there. Our team members have had visual sightings.

“We get regular battery drains when I put out my equipment.’’

St Bartholomew’s is a very interesting place.

To be continued.....

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Four members of Sydney South West Paranormal Investigators team were near the grave when they heard a whining sound.

As they often do on the tours across Sydney, the team took about 300 photos. The unusual image was captured on the 209th frame. But it was not until film was developed that “a very large anomaly’’ was captured.

“We think it’s moving towards us. It has legs, arms. We think it’s a male,’’ lead investigator Kelly Ryan says.

“We’re not claiming this is the spirit of a human being, we’re just saying this is an anomaly.

“The reason we know that is that there were only four of us there, it was quite a controlled environment.

“It’s opened more questions. There has been sightings there before.’’

Tour guide and local historian Hazel Magann is unsure of whose image it is but she is adamant about her aversion to that section of the gravesite.

“I close down. I kept having horrendous feelings near where that photo was taken,’’ Magann says.

She says a scout group once saw her being followed by a short man as she walked in the direction of the M4 motorway.

Her research revealed Thomas James Willis, aka the Penrith Jockey, born in 1834 in Middlesex England, could haunt the site.

Willis’ mother Mary is buried under the tree where the anomaly was captured. But Magann believes his spirit is there because of his daughter Emily, who died in 1863. She was just three years old.

Many have also spotted a girl who appears to be the same age darting towards the M4 motorway.

“She’s a very naughty girl, very much a prankster,’’ Magann says.

“She can never leave the site. I can tell you that.’’

to be continued....

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Here is the ghost pictures taken at night below....

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USING a high spectrum camera, paranormal investigators have captured what they believe is an ‘anomaly’ at St Bartholomew’s Cemetery in Sydney’s west and it’s an image that will undoubtedly have sceptics scoffing and believers transfixed.

Fuelling a sceptic’s cynicism, the image was captured on Halloween night when one of the regular tours was held at the Prospect cemetery — known to locals as “St Bart’s”.

The anomaly was snapped at the burial place of explorer William Lawson and other early settlers. Many believe the cemetery and church, opened in 1841 and destroyed by fire in 1989, is haunted.

In the photograph below show a ghost like figure between the head stones. For those guests who cannot see the pictures I suggest signing up to this forum to get a deep insight into Australia's haunted past.

to be continued....

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But its not the only ghost that has been allegedly sited at the old church.

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St Bart’s is the oldest surviving non-residential building in the Blacktown area, consecrated 1841. Located in between the M4 Motorway & Great Western Highway it cuts a lonely but significant presence on that hill which according to the local council stands at 91 metres high.

Buried on the grounds of this creepy cemetery is William Lawson, who took part in an expedition to find a path through the Blue Mountains. He befriended a local Aboriginal hunter who took Lawson along a well-known Aboriginal trail which is today known as Bells Line of Road.

Apparently the local Blacktown Council purchased the church & cemetery a few years ago & restored it after some idiots vandalized it & set it on fire destroying much of the original pews & woodwork. Today you can join a local ghost tour to explore the graves or hire the church for a wedding, whatever you do look out for the ghostly priest & don’t let him haunt your dreams like my friend.

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It was years later that she read that the church’s last mass was held in the 1960’s & St Bartholomew’s hadn’t had a resident priest for almost 40 years. The local Anglican churches didn’t have any priests matching her verbal description & none of the local records available to the public have any photographs matching the image of an old bearded priest with deep eyes & greying brown hair amongst some of her descriptions. Whenever she retells this story her face goes pale & the hairs on her arms stand up, she believes the old church is haunted & that she stood in the presence of a priestly ghost. Looking at her arm & that cold sweat I’m convinced she believes this.


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