CHAINS OF HISTORY
THE CONVICT ERA LOOMS LARGE ON NORFOLK ISLAND
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