Are you game to visit Heathcote dandy’s haunted house?
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
‘ I’m calling for expressions of interest ’ — Louise Joy