In 2002 Nic ventured out for a ladies night at Monte Cristo Homestead (claimed to be Australia's most haunted home) and experienced something for herself, taking home an unwanted souvenir.
Australia's Most Haunted Home
We also conduct ghost tours at two wonderful venues, one which is a re-used power station and one of which dates back to 1825, and has been a convict hospital, asylum, home for the destitute and college.
Whilst growing up, anything mysterious had my full attention. It was experiencing my first full bodied apparition at age 14 that had me truly hooked. In my 20s, I ensured I went to every ghost tour I could in the Sydney area, and once those avenues were exhausted I ventured out to the infamous Monte Cristo.
Located in Junee, NSW, this impressive late Victorian style manor was constructed by local pioneer Christopher William Crawley in 1885. The Crawley family resided there until 1948. The house was unoccupied until 1963, when current owners Reg and Olive Ryan moved in.
This manor has had its fair share of tragedy. In its early years it is said that a baby was fatally dropped down the internal stair case, a house maid supposedly carrying Mr Crawley’s child was pushed over the front balcony, and died of head injury on the front steps, and a stable boy was burnt to death in his straw bed, after a work place joke went terribly wrong.
In 1961 a deranged local man watched the movie Psycho, and decided to visit the manor and murdered the caretaker. There was also the imprisonment of a mentally impaired man. He was chained to the wall of the old dairy, and the wear marks can still be seen today.
A Strange Experience
Because we were so early, we took a drive out to the local cemetery to pay respects to the Crawley’s. It was easy to find their final resting place, as their large white headstone stood out from the rest.
We headed back to the homestead and settled in for a home cooked meal by Olive, whilst Reg shared the history and hauntings of this amazing location. After this, we were taken on a walking tour of the manor and outhouses. We wrapped up around 11pm and settled in our rooms for the night.
I closed my eyes and tried to relax, still talking with my mum about the house and the tour.
I dozed off.
SUDDENLY I was woken by a loud ‘whhhhooooosh’. This noise came from inside my ear, out. I was shocked and puzzled at how this could be possible. How on earth could a noise travel from inside my head to out?
That’s just not normal.
As I sat up, adjusting my eyes to the darkness, I could see flashing coloured lights coming from the bedside table, where I had left my KII metre on. Still hearing the echoing noise, and seeing the flashing lights, the energy in the room was electric.
I woke mum in excitement and told her what had just occurred. She was as stunned as I was. But my experience continues…three days after leaving ‘Australia’s most haunted house’ I had something happen to me that I don’t often speak of.
When I came to, my husband told me what had happened. He said I went totally berserk, to the point where he had to physically restrain me. I’m not a person who acts this way, yeah I get angry, like any other person, but not to the point where I have physically, heavy breathe…pretty much act like a vicious animal.
I do remember when I came to, I was sitting on the lounge, and my heart rate was very high, and I was breathing extremely heavy, and my husband telling me I’ve bought something home ‘in me’ from Monte Cristo.
Put together by Ashley Hall 2013