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Blackwood Hotel is a great haunted location in Victoria close to Ballarat. Fantastic meals, and open fireplace for those cold and foggy nights. Three known hauntings ……. will you see the ghost of Laura Dalton.

The cellar also doubled as the town morgue.

On this day …….. 26th of August 1905

A STRANGE discovery was made on this day in 1905 by Mr. G. Williams, who it
working up the bed of the Lerderderg river, finding, at a considerable distance below the surface, the skeleton of a horse. In the early days of Blackwood this was
the crossing to Simmons Reef, and the story goes that a teamster attempted the
crossing when the river was in flood, with the result that four out of six horses were washed away, and never recovered. Mr. Williams has doubtless unearthed the remains of one of the animals.

 

One of the teams favourite “haunts” is the Blackwood Hotel.  We hold regular investigations here with the next one being on Sunday, June 12.

Nestled in the Wombat State Forest, the town of Blackwood has an interesting past from the early days of the Victorian Gold Rush to the present.  This hotel opened in 1868 and quickly became the heart of the community.  Being the office of the Cobb and Co, coroners court and even the town morgue.  This building has seen more than its fair share of death and claims a number of resident ghosts which makes it perfect to investigate.

Laura Dalton lies in an unmarked grave in the Blackwood Cemetery, after an accident at the Blackwood Hotel.  Laura was the single mother of two young children earning her keep as part of the domestic staff at the Hotel.  In 1948 she was using a petrol iron in the kitchen when it exploded, severely burning the young woman, where she would die of her injuries the following day.  Over the years many people have claimed to see Laura at the Blackwood Hotel.

On this day …….. 26th of August 1905

A STRANGE discovery was made on this day in 1905 by Mr. G. Williams, who it
working up the bed of the Lerderderg river, finding, at a considerable distance below the surface, the skeleton of a horse. In the early days of Blackwood this was
the crossing to Simmons Reef, and the story goes that a teamster attempted the
crossing when the river was in flood, with the result that four out of six horses were washed away, and never recovered. Mr. Williams has doubtless unearthed the remains of one of the animals.

 

Do you love to explore old hotel and enjoy good pub food….. Join the team at Twisted History tonight as we do a paranormal investigation of Victoria’s most haunted hotel.  Tour will explore the history of the building before going down into the cellar which was once the town morgue. For information and booking call 1300 865 800

Join us this coming Tuesday (July 5) night at 6pm at the historic Blackwood Hotel for dinner, cemetery tour and and investigation of one of the most haunted hotels in Victoria! Booking can be made by calling 1300865800

Join us this coming Tuesday (July 5) night at 6pm at the historic Blackwood Hotel for dinner, cemetery tour and and investigation of one of the most haunted hotels in Victoria!  Booking can be made by calling 1300865800

But as for the Blackwood Cemetery ….  this is a letter to the editor from 1877 highlighting some of the difficulties of grave digging at Blackwood!!

THE BLACKWOOD CEMETERY

To the Editor of the Courier

Sir – Permit me, through your columns, to draw tot he attention of the trustees of the Blackwood Cemetery (if there are any) to the disgraceful scene that occurs on nearly every occasion an internment takes place.  No matter old or young, large or small, the body has to lie alongside the grave while the grave is made larger, not withstanding ample notice given to the gravedigger.  A child was buried this afternoon, six year of age, and the coffin on being lowered, stuck, and had to be hauled up again, while one of the followers of the corpse had to take off his jacket and with pick and shovel made the grave larger.  The bereaved parents and friends were compelled to stand by while this was being done.  Surely, Sir, the sad necessity that takes us to the cemetery to lay the remains of a loved one in their last resting place, is harrowing enough without being aggravated by having to stand by while the grave is made larger.  Trusting your insertion of this will prevent any future occurrence of the like blundering – I remain yours truly

A. MOURNER

Barry’s Reef, 11th June

Paranormal Investigation Tour

Do you love to explore old Australian pub…..
Why not join the team at Twisted History at the Blackwood Hotel on Tuesday, June 7 for dinner, a cemetery tour followed by a paranormal investigation of areas not usually accessible to the public. Perhaps the ghost of Laura Dalton is still at the Blackwood Hotel ……

For information and bookings please call 1300 865 800

Have you joined the team at Twisted History for a tour you want forget……. From a ghost tour of Australia’s most haunt gaol, to a murder tour though the oldest chinese community out side of Asia, or a meal and paranormal investigation of a haunted hotel.  For information and bookings please call 1300865800

The Twisted Team have a couple of big tours coming up this month!

First on the 9th February, we have our first special investigation at the Blackwood Hotel from 7-10pm.  The night includes dinner, a cemetery walk and then an investigation of the haunted Blackwood Hotel.

On the 26th February, we have our first lockdown of the year at the Geelong Gaol starting at 10pm.

And not forgetting our regular tours, with Ghost and Investigation tours running 7 nights a week at the Geelong Gaol, Chinatown Murder Tours running every Friday and Saturday night in Melbourne or our Carlton Murder Tour.

You can find more information on all our tours at www.twistedhistory.net.au or by calling 1300865800

 

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Join us this Tuesday night for a one off investigation of the haunted Blackwood Hotel in country Victoria.  The night will start with dinner, followed by a tour of the local cemetery and then back to the hotel for a paranormal investigation under the guidance of the team at Twisted History.  Places are limited to 15, so get in quick to book your place!