A coincidence attended the landing at Grave Island in 1910, of a boat party from the steamer Wakefield, who were searching for the missing steamer Waratah. ⁣

Grave Island takes its name from the fact that several sailors are buried there. The boat party was in charge of the chief officer Mr. Thomas Ryan, of Dublin. Ryan was the first to approach the graves, and the first tomb stone that confronted him bore his own name, rank, and birthplace.

It had been erected in 1868 in memory of Thomas Ryan, a native of Dublin, and chief officer of the Elizabeth Jacques.⁣

 

On This Day ……. 21st of July 1923

An elderly woman Mrs Drew, who was found under filthy conditions in an outhouse in the Market Square several weeks earlier was placed under arrest by Constable Jackson and remanded to the Geelong Gaol Hospital, she died suddenly at 9pm on this day in 1923. The matter has been reported to the police with a view to the facts being placed before the coroner.

 

Ben Chifley the 16th Prime Minister of Australia graduated as one of the youngest first-class locomotive engine driver at 28. Chifley died of a massive heart attack on the 13th of June 1951 in Canberra, whilst parliamentarians attended State Ball at Parliament House. Once hearing the news Prime Minister Menzies told everyone to go home. Ben Chifley ghost is said to haunt Hotel Kurrajong in Canberra.

ON THIS DAY – June 23, 1978

A dramatic, police-backed, television re-enactment of 12 year old Denise McGregor’s rape and murder prompted a huge community response in 1978 when it was shown during evening television news on Channel 0, now Channel 10, over three nights from the 23rd to the 25th of June. A scene depicting Denise played by Cathrine Lawson, being repeatedly beaten with a crowbar was cut after complaints to the Broadcasting Tribunal. The homicide squad, defended the graphic re-enactment, saying they wanted to move people enough to make them come forward with information. Sadly this is still an unsolved crime.

 

Irish Murphy’s Hotel in Ballarat, Victoria is a great venue for a Guinness Pie and a Kilkenny Stout when exploring the amazing goldfields city. Well documented for strange paranormal activity, but no evidence of a connection to historical figures

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The Railway Hotel in Brunswick is a real historical gem from the 1880’s. A lot of its original charm still exists from the hidden guess life, attic accommodation and stables (outside bar). Being so close to the railway and the Brunswick brick work, bodies from accidents were brought and kept in the hotels cellar. Hotel claims to be very haunted.

Well we might be a little bit late to the new year this year!!  But nevertheless Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!!

In our defence we have been busy in the background finding and securing some new adventures for the Twisted History for this year, some we will be letting you know about very soon!  As well as busily providing ghost tours and paranormal investigations at Geelong Gaol and murder tours in Melbourne’s Chinatown.

Back to our blog!!  This year we will be doing things a little differently.  For the past couple of years we have been blogging snippets from history that happened “On This Day.  This year we will be doing “Sunday Spotlights” instead.  This will allow us to provide more details (where we can!) on some of the events we will be writing about.

But we would like your input!

As some of you would know we have a few different categories that we blog about – these include Murders, Goals, Hotels, Pop Culture and of course Twisted History.

This year we want to hear from you! Which Australian murder cases fascinate you?  Is there a particular Australian movie or TV show you want to know more about?  Is there an urban legend that gives you a chuckle?  Or even a good ghost story we haven’t heard?  Is your local hotel haunted?  Is there something paranormal you want to discuss?  We want to hear it all!

If you have some ideas for blog articles – get in touch!  You can email us at twistedhistoryvictoria@gmail.com, you can inbox us on any of our facebook pages or give us a call on 1300865800.

We do have some stories going up starting tonight and we look forward to hearing your thoughts!

Welcome to 2018!!

 

 

On this day …….. 8th of December 1903

The residents of Snake Valley, in the Ballarat district, have been troubled, lately by a fowlyard thief, who is carrying on operations under the protecting influence of the flowing white robes of the traditional ghost. On this night in 1903 John Ryan endeavoured to recover a bird stolen from his yard, by pursuing the ghost with a stout stick. When the thief found his pursuer gaining upon him he drew a revolver and threatened to shoot if Ryan advanced. As the ghost apparently meant business, Ryan returned home

On this day …….. 4th of December 1886

Extraordinary ghost story

AN extraordinary ghost story has been doing the rounds of Horsham during the last day or two, the foundation for which, after due enquiry, we have been unable to trace. A man covered with a white sheet, with a black coffin on the back of it, is supposed to have made his appearance, and gone through a number of absurd antics. If anyone is fool enough to be acting in the manner referred to, we shall not be surprised to hear that he has been brought to his senses by a sound thrashing, or placed hors de combat by the contents of a revolver. People are not likely to be very particular in the means they use in bringing “ghosts” to their senses.

On this day ………… 6th November 1920

Whether recent demonstrations by spiritualists in Melbourne or the defeat of the prohibition party at the polls, had an unsettling effect on the nerves of peaceable citizens cannot be definitely established said the Melbourne Age, but people in Abbotsford have been seeing a ghost. At any rate, they think they have seen one.

A female apparition appeared at an old house in Nicholson Street, Abbotsford, and people have been flocking to the locality at night to see it. The ghost story, too, has improved with circulation, having gained, notoriety with additional details of a murder in the house, the periodical return of the murdered woman’s spirit, and so forth.  The ghost was nothing more than a remarkable reflection thrown on the wall by a street lamp, the rays of which strike the verandah post and cast a reflection resembling a woman’s head. This reflection has been in existence for many years, but it is only within the past few days it has become the subject of much public interest.

On this night in 1920, four police constables in Nicholson-street ”moving on’ the crowds of ghost seekers, who numbers were estimated, between 400 and 500 people.

BOTANICAL HOTEL INVESTIGATION – October 21, 2017

On Saturday night we were lucky enough to be given free access to the 3 levels of the Botanical Hotel in St Arnaud. This was a private investigation with 4 members of our team and the staff of the hotel later in the night.

We set up our DVR system and a number of audio recorders which we are of course still going through. It was a very interesting night with a number of validations of previous activity including the movement of cutlery and crockery in the dining room on command, lots of activity with the rempod going off constantly in the dining room which is currently being renovated. We swapped out for a different rempod with the same result. It will be interesting what we find on the cameras there. We also had a pulsating orb down in the cellar area. Members of the team were touched and a number of staff members had personal vaildations as well. There was so much more with shadow figures being seen, fans turning on and a number of other experiences which we have not yet been able to debunk.

The team looks forward to returning to the Botanical Hotel in 2018, this time with the public being able to join us!

Stay tuned for more details!

ON THIS DAY…… 22nd October 1850

Francis Gardiner, love of crime began in Geelong, on the 22nd of October, 1850, on a charge of horse stealing, and sentenced to five years’ hard labour. However Gardiner manage to escape in the first few months and returned to Goulburn. Where his career as a bushranger began, for within two years he and his gang committed six mail robberies under arms, besides many others of lesser note. In June 1862 he bailed up the Lachlan Gold Escort near Eugowra with a gang including Ben Hall, Dan Charters and Johnny Gilbert. This hold up is considered to be one of the largest ever gold robberies in Australian history. The total value of the 2,700 ounces of gold and bank notes taken was estimated at £14,000 (approximately A$12.5 million in 2012 terms). Much of the gold was recovered by mounted police after they surprised the gang on Wheoga Hill near Forbes. What happened to the remaining gold is still the subject of much speculation and rumour. It is rumoured that two Americans who were thought to be Gardiner’s sons visited the Wheogo Station near the Weddins in 1912 claiming to be miners.