A Haunting at Alberton

A Haunting at Alberton

A mysterious apparition was causing havoc in Queenstown, Alberton and Woodville in 1906. A young man returning home after a night out encountered the “awful spirit” and was cared out of wits. As he walked through Queenstown, the ghost sprang from a darkened corner, suitably garbed in white. It danced around with its arms outstretched and mumbled in a weird fashion, menacing the young man. Then, as suddenly as it had appeared, it was gone into the night.
 Every night from that time on, the ghost was seen by someone in either Queenstown, Alberton or Woodville, always dressed head to toe in white, waving its arms around frantically and making strange sounds.
 A local police officer set about to capture the ghost in the act, but the ghost must’ve heard of his pursuit, and disappeared for a couple of weeks. It suddenly reappeared in Woodville. A well-respected man of the area, who was riding his bicycle one evening, witnessed the ghost, arms outstretched, covered in white, mumbling. It was enough for the man to pedal home quicker than he had ever pedalled before!
 The ghost made an appearance one night in Port Adelaide appearing to the local conductor of the Albert Park Tramway Company. A few nights later the ghost scared women and children at Queenstown. The ghost was also spotted hanging around the Woodville and Alberton Cemeteries…and a few nights later it was seen on Torrens Road near the Cheltenham Racecourse.
 A posse of locals soon took to the streets to find and exorcise the ghost…but it miraculously never appeared again…
Researched and written by Allen Tiller © 2019


‘A MYSTERIOUS APPARITION.’, The Register (14 June 1906), p. 4., viewed 22 Apr 2019, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article55639689

‘A MYSTERIOUS APPARITION.’, Evening Journal (13 June 1906), p. 1. , viewed 17 May 2019, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article200846481

‘AN ALLEGED GHOST.’, The Express and Telegraph (13 June 1906) p. 1. (4 O’CLOCK EDITION.), viewed 17 May 2019, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article208809209

1906 ‘General News.’, Chronicle (16 June 1906) p. 37., viewed 17 May 2019, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article88123539

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