NORTH BURNETT GETS SPOOKY FOR CHARITY
Ghostly stories in Monto and Mulgildie
IN OLD towns, there is a history of strange phenomena, stories passed through the generations that defy rational explanation.
On Friday, November 28, a bus-load of aspiring ghost-hunters were spirited off on a night tour of Monto and Mulgildie to visit the haunted hotspots of the region.
Proceeds from the event went towards the Queensland Country Woman’s Association Public Rural Crisis Fund.
The tour began and ended at Monto Colonial Motor Inn, apparently haunted by the ghost of its former owner, Kate Theodore.
Owner Georgie Dekker said people used to feel Kate’s presence, which created a foreboding atmosphere in the inn for years.
“When we hung her picture up in the foyer, everything calmed down,” Ms Dekker said.
But the strange activity did not die down; owner Warren Drahm has reported hearing his name called from behind the bar.
“I’d go and look thinking it was Georgie, but she always swore she didn’t say anything,” Mr Drahm said.
In paranormal lore, name-calling is often the activity of childish ghosts.
The next stop was Mulgildie Hotel, known for it’s eerie presence that is said to come from the ghosts of former rail-yard workers.
The tour then went out into the bush to visit Mulgildie Station, site of the grave of the former station manager’s wife, a child of one, and three unmarked burials.
The next stop after that was the infamous Bunyip Hole, rumoured to contain a mythical bunyip.
Known to bubble and gurgle, the pool was eerily still when the tour group visited it in the dead of night.
Following a stopover at Monto Bowls Club, the group went on to visit Monto Cemetery and then the RSL to share spooky stories.
SPOOKY: Mulgildie Station; the gate was open when the tour group arrived.
The pitch-black Bunyip Hole, outside Mulgildie.
This hallway was originally blocked off.