CHAINS OF HIS­TORY

THE CONVICT ERA LOOMS LARGE ON NOR­FOLK IS­LAND

The Weekend Post - Cairns Eye - - Advertising Feature - SHIRLEY SIN­CLAIR

The spec­tre of his­tory looms large on Nor­folk Is­land, so lit­tle won­der it’s awash with ghost sto­ries. Mea­sur­ing only 34.6sq km, this South Pa­cific won­der is said to be the most haunted place in Aus­tralia, with more doc­u­mented ghosts per square kilo­me­tre than any other state or ter­ri­tory.

Canada’s The Para­nor­mal web­site lists Nor­folk as No.4 in the world’s most haunted is­lands.

An Aus­tralian ter­ri­tory, about 1600km north-east of Syd­ney, Nor­folk is wildly pic­turesque and ruggedly re­mote, at­tract­ing 30,000 vis­i­tors an­nu­ally.

Its lonely walks, de­serted beaches, chill­ing grave­yard head­stones and eerie ru­ins are enough to give any­one the hee­bie-jee­bies – es­pe­cially af­ter dark.

Even 80 years ago, main­land Aussies were in­trigued by other-worldly be­ings and in­ex­pli­ca­ble phe­nom­ena some peo­ple had en­coun­tered there.

in Roma re­ported on Septem­ber 23, 1939, in an ar­ti­cle on the Ghosts of Nor­folk Is­land that among the ru­ins and in some of the build­ings of the convict era, wan­der­ing spir­its had made friends with some of the res­i­dents of the time.

“Qual­ity Row, where most of the of­fi­cial houses stand, has its eerie tales,” the re­port noted.

“Sol­diers in the colour­ful uni­forms of old, and Em­pire-gowned and crino­lined ladies are said to have re­vis­ited their old homes, and the clank­ing

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