NORTH BUR­NETT GETS SPOOKY FOR CHAR­ITY

Ghostly sto­ries in Monto and Mulgildie

Central and North Burnett Times - - FRONT PAGE - Jack Lawrie Jack.Lawrie@cnbtimes.com.au

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.

PHOTO: JACK LAWRIE

SPOOKY: Mulgildie Sta­tion; the gate was open when the tour group ar­rived.

PHOTO: JACK LAWRIE

The pitch-black Bun­yip Hole, out­side Mulgildie.

PHOTO: JACK LAWRIE

This hall­way was orig­i­nally blocked off.

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