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A Haunting Near Pinery

A Haunting Near Pinery

 Between the months of June and September 1904, a ghostly apparition haunted the people of Pinery, Balaklava and Owen on the Adelaide Plains. The ghost made its first appearance near Pinery in June, when it appeared on the side of the road to a passing cyclist.
 A cyclist was riding along a road into Pinery when he noticed a light in the distance. Thinking it might be a vehicle, maybe a horse and cart with oil light, he slowed down and moved to the side of the road to let it pass. He soon noticed the light had become stationary.
 The cyclist thought it peculiar, so started cycling at a quicker rate. The light ahead did not seem to get any nearer, so he pedalled as fast as he could, only to have the light keep the same distance ahead of him. When he slowed down, the light slowed down too.
 Curious and frightened, the cyclist pushed forward towards Pinery. The light stayed at the same distance, but as the cyclist rounded a bend, the light moved off to the side into a field, and he safely passed it. The cyclist looked back once, to see the light was stationary again, and then hastily road back to his home.
The ghosts second appearance occurred the same month, on the same road to another cyclist.
 Mr Bennett was riding his pushbike home to Pinery from Balaklava one evening just after sunset. As he passed a derelict old home that, at the time, was frequented by tramps. He heard a very sharp whistle.  Alarmed, but curious he rode a little further and came across a ghost. Startled by the apparition, Bennett fell from his bike onto the pebbled side of the road. Keeping his senses after his fall, Bennett picked up as many stones as he could, and got to his feet. He then bravely confronted the ghost, throwing stones at its head.
 Bennett pelted the ghost with stones, then with all the strength he could muster, charged it and began punching at it… The ghost let out a howl of pain. Bennett took the ghost to the ground, and pulled its melon head, white sheets and lights from its body.
 From a neighbouring house, people came running to see what the commotion was, which distracted Bennett just long enough for the ghost to break free, and run off into a wheat field, with its identity intact as Bennett had not been able to see exactly who it was in the dark.
In July, A gentleman and his wife were riding in their horse and buggy when the ghost appeared on the side of the road. It ran at the buggy with its white arms flailing in the air. The horses reared and the buggy turned sharply sideways. The gentleman’s wife almost flew out the side of the buggy as it threatened to capsize on the couple. The gentleman grabbed at his wife, and only just saved her from death. He quickly pulled the reigns, calmed his horses, and his wife, then turned his attention to the ghost, which was still standing on the side of the road, taking in the spectacle of the near-death it had just inspired.
 As soon as the ghost realised that the gentleman was coming towards it, it swiftly turned, and with a flick of its sheets and ran off into the shadow world of the scrub.
The community in the Adelaide Plains, at first were fearful of the ghost, with many women and children afraid to go outside at night, lest they should meet the ghost. That fear soon turned to anger and after three months of terror, menfolk were willing to grab their guns and go shoot the ghost. There were calls in the community for the ghost to be caught and given a good horsewhipping… but the Pinery ghost soon vanished, whether it was afraid of being shot or of being horsewhipped, no-one but the ghost knows, but it was never seen again and soon became a distant ghost of the past.

Researched and written by Allen Tiller © 2019


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