My interest in the paranormal started at a very young age, I cannot tie it to one particular event, place or time, but one of my earliest memories is of reading a book written by Richard Winer called "The Devils Triangle", which I believe was my Grandfathers (He passed away before I was born)
As a teenager I watched the X-files and similar shows and started to follow the work of local UFO legend Colin Norris, as well as other local paranormal researchers. I read and watched everything local Australian teams produced, and spent a lot of time talking to people, and team members, about the things they discovered that didn't make it into the mainstream media.
I moved to Queensland in January 2002 and in that year went on my first "ghost tour". I was impressed with the history and stories, but felt like I could find out more and possibly even debunk some of the stories with the use of research and common sense...I had already been doing this in my spare time in South Australia before moving to Queensland, but in no official capacity
Nudgee cemetery was close where I lived, and easily accessible for investigations, so I began by investing with a digital camera that had video, a temperature gauge and a compass....I experimented with different ways of doing things and slowly began to invest in more equipment - unfortunately I found nothing of the paranormal in this cemetery (however, that doesn't mean it isn't haunted, just that nothing happened for me).
At the time I was also heavily into Genealogy and as part of that found myself at Lutwyche cemetery on Brisbane's north side, a cemetery with a reputation for the unusual, and happily the stories I heard had some truth ...which peaked my interest even more!
Around this time I started unofficially using the name Eidolon Paranormal Research, often on forums I would shorten it to EPR or Eidolon. I had already started to think about forming a team in Queensland, but found it much harder than I had imagined, as there just didn't seem to be a public interest, and most teams were not interested in having new members - the same applied in South Australia
In 2006 I returned to Adelaide and started investigating solo, I got many cases through word of mouth alone, but was able to debunk almost every one of the hauntings just by the process of elimination, or through the interview process.
I decided to start working on local legends and Urban myths, this led me back out to St. Johns cemetery at Kapunda. I had visited St Johns in the late 90's, and walked through the then standing reformatory remains - even then thinking it would be a place to return too one day...
As I got closer to starting my team, I started testing the waters by taking friends out to cemeteries to see how they react to certain situations, for me it was a lesson about human nature, so I could better understand how people may contaminate evidence or a site without realising they are doing so, and finding out how people may react, or deal with their own fears...I also started watching other teams even closer and learning how they work internally, what their processes are, where their strengths and weaknesses lie, with the intention of adapting this information for my own use.
I decided a team based on foundations of scientific research, rather than psychics and mediums would be the best fit for myself. From there Eidolon Paranormal Research became a formal Investigation team - without a team....
I took the basic principles of other paranormal investigation teams and the Colin Norris UFO group and put my own spin on them. I wanted a much more public team than other groups. When I started out learning how to use electronic equipment and how to set up experiments and investigations, there was very little information available, just a few books and a little on-line - it was my aim to make more of this information accessible to the novice ghost hunter. Slowly I am starting to achieve this through the website.The idea being that, eventually, www.eidolonparanormal.net would be a hub of useful information for the novice getting started, or the seasoned professional, all easily accessible and in one place
In 2009 I started to search for people to join me to make Eidolon a team, it was in this year I also dropped the "research" part of the Eidolon Paranormal name
Whilst working on the legend of Schneider's Alley in the Adelaide Foothills, I came across Loz on a facebook group. We shared a similar point of view of hauntings and the paranormal in general. We began to discuss the history of the Schneider's alley area and the local castle and I became impressed by her approach and what she uncovered. It didn't take long to ask Loz to become a team member, and with her reply, Eidolon Paranormal became a team and not a solo project. (Loz left the team in early 2011 due to internal politics, as did many other members, causing the team to almost fold entirely )
We also have had other members come and go over the past few years, and unfortunately, I got to see the darker side of human nature within my own team, that again left me without a team and investigations waiting. I asked my partner (now Wife) Karen, to join the team line-up and we haven't looked back since. A former team member, Jayde, also came back from her time traveling overseas, and, much like the phoenix from the ashes, Eidolon Paranormal was reborn a far more professional, stable, hard working, dedicated experimental team.
Another of my desires was to see a local paranormal discussion group in the Adelaide CBD. At the time the only S.A. group was the X group that meet monthly on Wednesday night in the Adelaide hills - this wasn't possible for me to get too, and I am sure for others too. So, when I received an email about a location that would cost next to nothing, I asked the rest of the team what they thought, most thought it was a bad idea (In some ways they were right) - but knowing I wanted to get this idea of the ground, I decided to try the location, and my idea out anyway. The SA Paranormal Meet-ups began in June 2010, with only three people attending the first one, Myself (as Host), the person who helped arranged the location and a friend of his, I expected more, and could of ended the Meet-ups right there, but persisted, as I knew an audience would take time to grow.
Eventually the meet-ups were very successful when hosted in the Greenacres area near Adelaide, attracting a large number of loyal attendees, however, due to the premises usage being changed, and internal conflict in the team, we took a short hiatus from hosting the meet-ups. The S.A. Paranormal meet-ups have now returned, and are hosted in Kapunda "The Most Haunted Town In The Western World", the new format is much more relaxed, and is attracting many new and wonderful people, as well a lot of local Paranormal Investigation Teams
S.A. Paranormal meet-ups became a monthly meeting point for like minded individuals to talk about their interests and experiences, and also a place for me to discuss methods, ideas and equipment. We have grown dramatically, the meet-ups now attracting teams from as far as Peterborough and Murray Bridge, and members of the public from Melbourne!
I have a vision of where I wish to take Eidolon Paranormal, and I believe I have chosen the right people to help me achieve that vision...
I have been lucky in the fact that Eidolon Paranormal also has a strong network of supporters and friends that help us when they can, many choose to stay away from the public spotlight and have asked not to be named publicly - So with that in mind I want to state that your effort, support, interest and help never go unnoticed and unappreciated -thank you (you know who are) - Allen
Most Recently my Journey has led me into Television alongside Robb Demarest, Gaurav Tiwari, Ian Lawman, Rayleen Kable and Ray Jorden on the Paranormal Reality television show "Haunting: Australia" which will air on Foxtel's "Syfy" channel in Australia in 2014
Haunting: Australia: https://www.facebook.com/hauntingaustralia?fref=ts
Find me on Facebook here: https://www.facebook.com/AllenHauntingAustralia?fref=ts
and as an extra in the Russell Crowe Movie " The Water Diviner"