For the owner of Oakabella Homestead this especially rang true as she literally purchased her dream home - a home full of history and the spirits of those passed.
A Dream Prediction
For more than forty years the current owner of Oakabella Homestead had been dreaming of the old white home sitting amongst the dusty and scrubby landscape. The dreams gave her a perfect vision of the house she would later own, a house located outside of Geraldton, Western Australia. At the time, and for most of the duration of these dreams, she was living in Canada but it was in 1989, when she moved to Perth, the dreams become more vivid and frequent. When she finally travelled out to the homestead with a friend she instantly recognised it as the house from her dreams.
A Colorful History
After the Drummonds left Oakabella Homestead it passed through several owners before being purchased by the William and Amy Jackson on July 1, 1910. The Jackson family used the land for farming and also, interestingly, for breeding horses for the British Army in India.
Unfortunately, as with all families in the the era, there were a number of child deaths in the homestead. Not all were from disease and the other afflictions that caused high child mortality. Several accidents have occurred including that of one child who fell while climbing through an open window breaking their neck.
The house underwent a massive restoration and refurbishment in 1995 and opened to the public for tours in 1997. Cat bones were found in door and window frames, an old form of warding off spirits.
Apparently the ghosts wanted it kept old as new appliances and tools had a habit of breaking. All the furniture was kept instead of renewing as was many of the artefacts of pioneering life. All fifteen rooms of the homestead have a story to tell and you can hear these by taking the tour.
The current owners put the history of the homestead and land in more importance to the ghost stories. The house is virtually a museum as are the accompanying buildings. A majority of the pieces on display are from the Oakabella estate itself as well as other interesting collections from the region and of colonial times.
A Meeting Place for Spirits
George Jackson seems to be the loudest of the spirits with his banging on the walls of the house. Footsteps have been heard in the halls, electrical appliances go haywire, doors swinging open and closed and on rare occasions objects and tools moving and sometimes rising off of benches.
The traditional owners of the land the Yamaji people state that the ancient spirits tied to the dreaming also still wander the landscape. If you venture off the beaten track you will find caves complete with cave paintings and artefacts as well as traditional meeting grounds. As with all locations of indigenous significance it is warned that you do not remove objects from the site. You may soon find that you want to send them back in a hurry.