Are you game to visit Heath­cote dandy’s haunted house?

McIvor Times - - NEWS -

AN EL­DERLY Heath­cote woman is try­ing to pull to­gether a team of peo­ple who will be brave enough to ex­plore Black Rock House in Mel­bourne, which some lo­cals in­sist is haunted.

The house was built in 1856 by the self-de­scribed “dis­gust­ingly rich” Charles Hot­son Eb­den, af­ter whom Eb­den Street in Heath­cote is named.

Louise Joy lives on Eb­den Street, but has never once stepped foot in­side the al­legedly haunted house.

“I’m call­ing from ex­pres­sions of in­ter­est from the com­mu­nity to see if any­one would like to visit the house with me,” she said.

“If there’s an in­ter­est then we will hire a bus and take a trip down to Mel­bourne.”

Louise does not be­lieve in the ex­is­tence of ghosts, but is keen to learn more about the his­tory and her­itage of the Vic­to­rian-era house and its orig­i­nal owner.

Eb­den be­came “dis­gust­ingly rich” by drov­ing 20,000 sheep along the Mur­ray River through Heath­cote all the way to Mel­bourne.

It was a seem­ingly reck­less busi­ness ven­ture, but one that paid off hand­somely for the ec­cen­tric dandy, who man­aged to build an enor­mous pas- to­ral em­pire and be­come Vic­to­ria’s first Au­di­tor Gen­eral.

Some lo­cals swear they have seen his ghost sham­bling around the house and get­ting into ar­gu­ments with 11 other ghost housemates.

The house is clas­si­fied by the Na­tional Trust.

To ac­com­pany Louise Joy send her an email on ld­joy@impulse.net.au

‘ I’m call­ing for ex­pres­sions of in­ter­est ’ — Louise Joy

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