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Title: The haunted Coriyule House Drysdale: VIC
Post by: KANACKI on April 16, 2019, 01:04:18 AM
Perhaps you do not believe in ghosts. But, then, neither does the Rev. Archibald Hamilton Ross, a retired Presbyterian clergyman, until he moved into Coriyule house, at Drysdale, one of Victoria's "haunted houses."

At Coriyule there is no escaping the ghost'' that plays tinkling, melodic tunes on the old piano, the cheerful
ghost, or the mournful one that moans from room to room of this 169-year old residence.

Even Mr. Ross who  admits that he cannot escape them without deserting the house. And he has grown so fond of it in his twenty-four years of ownership that he would not
dream of leaving.

Coriyule has the right atmosphere for the supernatural. It occupies a prominence overlooking 'Port Phillip
Bay, and was constructed of basalt. Only the' freestone parts are to-day showing signs of weather-wear. It
stands solidly upon a fortress-like basement, apertured for the guns settlers used to beat off attacks by the

A lovely feature of this strange old place is the windows, headed in diamond shape. The house was built for Miss Drysdale, who gave her name to the local township. A remarkable woman, the sister of a treasurer of Edinburgh, she was middle-aged before she migrated from Scotland.

Three years after Coriyule was built, Miss Drysdale died. Her body was buried beneath a poplar tree on a hilltop within sight of the homestead and a favourite horse was buried nearby. The horse remains, but a later owner of Coriyule had Miss Drysdale's remains removed to a neighbouring cemetery.

Dr. John Dunmore Lang, a member of the Legislative Council of New South Wales, noted the domestic character of Miss Drysdale's establishment. He said: "I could not help thinking that the very horses and cattle seemed to consider themselves more at home here than elsewhere?

 However, Coriyule has not given peace to all its inhabitants. The wife of one manager of the property was scared right off the homestead one squally night when she heard what she thought to be a piano tinkling in the front room. Then a cheerful whistle joined in the fantastic tune. She fled from the house.

From this incident the house became well known locally as the "Haunted House,"

Does the restless spirit of Miss Drysdale still haunt the historic building?

Perhaps not happy of having her grave moved from site of her beloved house?

I as always let you decide?

Title: Re: The haunted Coriyule House Drysdale: VIC
Post by: violet on April 25, 2019, 08:41:54 PM
What an especially intriguing Gothic house. Thanks Kanacki!

I Googled to find more photos and was interested to read that Anne Drysdale was one of the Lady Squatters: she ran a sheep station in partnership with Caroline Newcomb. They were successful enough to commission Coryule, where they lived together. Caroline inherited the property on Anne’s death and when she too died, was buried beside Anne at Coryule. Later their remains were moved to Geelong Eastern Cemetery.

A bit more poking around and I found a photo of the Lady Squatters’ grave at the cemetery. Surprisingly it’s a three-person affair. Anne and Caroline were removed there, then later joined by ... Caroline’s husband, the Rev. Dodgson. Who arranged their removal on inheriting Coryule from Caroline, and who’s credited with spelling Anne’s name incorrectly on the headstone.

You certainly can pinpoint an interesting story, Kanacki. Those extraordinary women and their relationships hint at complication enough for a haunting.
Title: Re: The haunted Coriyule House Drysdale: VIC
Post by: KANACKI on April 29, 2019, 06:31:19 PM
Hello Violet

Thank you and thank you for extra information you found. It gives us deeper look into lives of the people living there.

Title: Re: The haunted Coriyule House Drysdale: VIC
Post by: Christine on May 07, 2019, 06:03:39 PM
What a great house. I used to live near Drysdale but don't know of this place. Thanks Kanacki.
Title: Re: The haunted Coriyule House Drysdale: VIC
Post by: KANACKI on May 10, 2019, 08:59:13 PM
Hello Christine

My pleasure. Its good to see you back posting

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