Monday, 31 March 2014

Who are we? - Allen Tiller

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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" 
 
 

Paranormal Phenomena or Natural Occurence?: Pareidolia

 
Pareidolia
Written for the April 1st, 2012 S.A. Paranormal Meet-up 

 Researched and Written by
Allen Tiller
of
Eidolon Paranormal




Pareidolia, or sometimes as it is known, "Patternicity","Matrixing" or "Cognitive Illusion", is a psychological phenomenon that involves random stimulation from audio or pictures being perceived as significant.

The object itself is known as a simulacrum. “simulacrum: Latin, “Likeness or similarity”
"Simulacrum" in circled locations



The word Pareidolia comes from the Greek words,
"Para" - meaning “beside”, in this context meaning wrong or faulty,
and "Eidolon", in this context meaning “image”

 

The first use of the word in modern literature can be attributed to Graham Reed in his 1972 book,  "The Psychology of Anomalous Experience: a cognitive approach" 
  (ISBN 10: 0091132401 / 0-09-113240-1
ISBN 13: 9780091132408
Publisher: Hutchinson
Publication Date: 1972Binding: Hardcover. )

Pareidolia is a type of "Apophenia", a term coined in 1958 by the German neurologist, Dr. Klaus Conrad. Apophenia “is the experience of seeing meaningful patterns or connections in random or meaningless data”
Dr Klaus Conrad


In recent times the term “Patternicity” was coined by Michael Shermer to describe aspects of Pareidolia, he wrote of patternicity in the December 2008 issue of "Scientific American Magazine"



“Carl Sagan hypothesised that pareidolia is a valuable evolutionary asset,
because it allowed prehistoric humans to spot friend from foe in an instant,
or see an animal standing in a dense thicket of brush.
Humans do in fact have a part of the brain which is dedicated to facial recognition, the Ventral Fusiform Cortex, which is hard wired to light up when a face is spotted
 Carl Sagan

“As soon as the infant can see, it recognizes faces, and we now know that this skill is hardwired in our brains. Those infants who a million years ago were unable to recognize a face smiled back less, were less likely to win the hearts of their parents, and less likely to prosper. These days, nearly every infant is quick to identify a human face, and to respond with a goony grin.
As an inadvertent side effect, the pattern recognition machinery in our brains is so efficient in extracting a face from a clutter of other detail that we sometimes see faces where there are none. We assemble disconnected patches of light and dark and unconsciously see a face. The Man in the Moon is one result”  - Carl Sagan


We as humans are taught from birth to recognise faces, it is one of the earliest forms of visual recognition we learn. 2 dots and line represents our parents. When one considers how much our brains process in order to remember the thousands of faces we see everyday, it is not surprising that as humans we see faces in various inanimate Objects around us where there is no face. A telephone can appear as having two eyes and a nose, a car appears to have human facial qualities and we have all heard about seeing the man in the moon.
Other Pareidolia involves seeing shapes, religious icons or other objects within everyday items, or within the shadows and light in a photo or video.
Examples of this are the face of Jesus in a piece of toast

The “Nun Bun”

The Pope in flames

This image could also be said to be that of a woman or witch in a robe


or how about this row of pots, that in the perspective seems like a row of shocked faces



Paranormal photography is rife with photos by teams and individuals claiming to have caught a ghost, demon or angel.
Many paranormal photos involve mirrors, or reflections in glass, where the viewer is led to believe that smudges make the reflection of a spirit looking back
Mists are often shaped like animals or people, leading to misconceptions of a spirit manifesting.
Sometimes the local flora can also lead to investigators mistaking pareidolia for ghostly images...


To ascertain whether your photo is or is not pareidolia,
we suggest you try and recreate the photo as close to the original as you can. Go back to the location and look at what is in the photo compared to the location. Look for objects that could appear differently from different perspectives in a photo.

Don't use your camera screen to view the photo, instead use your computer  or laptop screen, or print the photo in a high resolution and take it to the location for comparison, but remember, pictures with a small megapixel or file size will have a larger propensity for pixelation when zoomed in, thus shifting our brain into pattern recognition mode.

Rocks, stone, marble, walls, metal, mirrors and glass can all be reflective, anything caught in a reflective surface can easily be dismissed by skeptics as Pareidolia – to quote the Ghost Hunters motto
“If in doubt,throw it out”

Pictures

George Washington McNugget
Face in the fire
 

Links

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pareidolia
http://www.skepdic.com/pareidol.html
http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/pareidolia
http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/badastronomy/category/pareidolia/
http://www.upia.co.uk/#/pareidolia/4530455180 


© 2007 - 2014 Allen Tiller
www.eidolonparanormal.net


All content on “Eidolon Paranormal & The Haunts of Adelaide” sites, blog and corresponding media pages (eg Facebook, twitter etc) is copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study, research, criticism or review, as permitted under the Copyright Act, no part may be reproduced by any means or process without the written permission of the author. © 2012, 2013, 2014

All photos remain the property of their respective copyright owners and are displayed here for the purpose of education, research and review under the copyright act "fair usage" clause.

Some photo's used here on this site are sourced from The Sate Library of South Australia, and The National Library of Australia and http://www.gawler.nowandthen.net.au - all photos are out of copyright and have no usage restrictions implied.

Sunday, 30 March 2014

Eidolon Investigation - World Of Intrigue - Kapunda SA



World Of Intrigue
 
Location: 48 Main Street Kapunda, Australia 5373
Location type: Gift-ware and Variety shop
Location status: Opening Times:
This store has closed its doors as of May 19th 2012
Website: http://www.world-of-intrigue.com/
http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100002426495834&sk=wall 

 
 
 
History
 
World of intrigue unfortunately closed its doors on May 19th 2012.
 
The shop opened it's doors on May the 2nd 2011 
 
It had just over a year of service to the Kapunda Community, and will be sadly missed.
 
" Kidmans Buildings "  in 2010 (World Of Intrigue opened in the green section)
 
Previously in the location of 48 main street Kapunda have been
(not in chronological order)
 

 
The Jam Pot
Pet'z And Kritter'z (Pet Store)
Kapunda Coffee Palace and giftware
Main street Essentials (Hair Salon)
Barossa Decadence ( Delicatessen)
 
 
It was during the time of "Pet'z and Kritter'z" that most of the haunting stories of this location occur. The owner of the store lived in a back room and told stories of random doors closing with no wind, cold spots and odd noises - could most of this be put down to  an over active imagination?
With Animals being cared for on the premises, and most likely attracting vermin, we can suggest that, most likely the causes of the reported phenomena were natural and not paranormal, and, as the current tenant had not perceived any paranormal phenomena during her time in the location, we could probably concur that this site isn't haunted, but one can never be 100% certain!
 
 

 

 
 
 
Investigation
 
 
 
We set about measuring the EMF in the shop, which amounted to very little, with readings only being found near a turned off cash register at 0.4 Mg. We put this EMF reading down to a power source under the cash register.
 
We then began recording EVP sessions in various rooms of the building, upon review we found no recordings of spirit voices or other unusual phenomena.
 
We also tried a "Franks Box" but was also unsuccessful at garnering any kind of audible response on this occasion.
We noted no unusual phenomena in any of our Full spectrum or normal photo's or videos.
 
On this occasion we had no phenomena that would indicate a haunting in this particular building.
 
 
Allen filming and listening to the zoom voice recorder in the back room during an EVP session
 
Karen and Jayde conducting an EVP session
 
bicycle pedals hanging on the ceiling,,,
 
 
 
 
 
 
 


 
 Eidolon Productions

In 2011 We started a local project with our "Eidolon Productions" business, filming and making commercials for local business's in the Kapunda area, then promoting them on various websites and our Youtube channel. Everything we did, we did for no cost to the business's involved, we wanted to interact with, and give a little something back to our local community.
As part of this project we contacted Leonie, proprietor of "World Of Intrigue" in Kapunda's Main Street and filmed two very short commercials for her business, which we then showed on the big screens at The Clare Castle Hotel during events and the S.A. Paranormal Meet-ups, and on various forums on the internet. 
Leonie told us stories from previous tenants in the shop who had phenomena happen to them, so we set about asking locals what they knew of the shop's history, and eventually it became another location we investigated locally.

Below are the two videos we made for Leonie, unfortunately this week (May19th 2012) World Of Intrigue shut is doors for the last time, due to the current financial climate, however the business name lives on through an online shop, which you can find here: www.world-of-intrigue.com

Saturday, 29 March 2014

Grahams Castle - Research


Graham's Castle


"Graham's Castle"
Or
"Prospect House"
Rumoured to be the first haunted house in South Australia, Grahams Castle was located in Prospect, South Australia, just north of Adelaide.
The house was built J.B. Graham, an Adelaide Business man, who had invested in the Burra mines, and made a small fortune.



Newspaper Articles and Timeline


 1868

The South Australian Advertiser

 Saturday 5 December 1868
DIED
BATHE. —On the 4th December, William Nicholas M. De Bathe, aged 21 years, only son of James Bathe, Esq., of Graham's Castle, Prospect Village.
 
1870

South Australian Register

 Wednesday 25 May 1870

. ROMAN CATHOLIC PICNIC.
The annual picnic of St. Laurence  Christian Doctrine Society was held at Graham's Castle, on the Lower., North-road,the property .of Mr. Valentine. Shortly before 10 a.m. about 250 children, with teachers and mends, assembled at the church, and headed by tho Concordat Band,' marched through Jeffcott street to Graham's Castle, which was reached about 11.
Besides influential laymen, the clergy were represented, there being on tho grounds Arch Deacon Russell, and Fathers Hintoroeker, O'Connell, and Theodore Bongaerts. The Committee had taken great pains to provide amusements for the picnicians. In one place young couples danced to the strains of the band and a violin. At another youngsters raced and jumped for small money prizes. Cricket, football kiss in the ring, swinging, and other amusements found admirers.
Plenty of refreshments were to be had, there being two stalls, the principal under the superintendence of Mr. Smith, of Hindley-street. During the day tho Committee waited upon Mrs. Valentine, and thanked her for placing the grounds at their disposal. After spending a pleasant day all reassembled and proceeded to the church, which they reached about 6 p.m. Service having been, held, the pleasure-seekers dispersed.


South Australian Register

Wednesday 25 May 1870
HER MAJESTY'S BIRTHDAY.
Tuesday, May 24, was ushered in with Queen's weather, and all who were Bent upon pleasure seeking had no 'room 'for, grumbling on this head.
Closed shutters along the business thoroughfares showed that the day was fixed in the trades holiday calendar, and shop, mart, Bank, and 'Change were deserted. At noon for once' a salute was not fired; but loyalty was exhibited in various other ways, and the levee was moderately attended.
Some of our young city men left by train to attend the Gawler Athletic Sports; numerous citizens found means of reaching favourite parts of the beach or nooks elsewhere; Port Adelaide attracted others to the stream, where yacht and canoe races were in vogue. In the outer country districts there were various sports, at Graham's Castle a picnic, and in town at night soirees, public meetings, and a concert. During the day Adelaide stay-at-homes- had many, country cousins visited the ever-pleasing Gardens


1887

South Australian Register

 Wednesday 25 May 1887

SUNDAY-SCHOOL PICNIC
  THE Anglican Mission Church of the Good Shepherd, Bowden, celebrated the anniversary of the Sunday school on Tuesday by a picnic on the grounds of Graham's Castle, prior to which a service was held in the Church. The Rev. Mr. Beaumont officiated. Notwithstanding the unfavourable weather about 150 joined in the various sports and games, The canal refreshments were provided.



1898

Border Watch
Wednesday 3 August 1898

SNAKES.
ADELAIDE. August 2,
A family of 33 snakes was discovered and killed in a building called "Graham's Castle,"near the city which is being pulled down.

 1901

The Register

 Tuesday 3 September 1901
REMOVAL OF AN OLD LANDMARK.
Travellers on the north line and the Lower. North road have for years been familiar with a building off Brand road,Prospect, which attracted .attention on account of its castellated walls, which, doubt less, caused it to be known as Graham's Castle. In a few days it will have disappeared, as it is now being demolished. Graham's Castle has had many vicissitudes. It was built about 1840, and had an at tractive appearance. Among pictures of old colonial scenes in the possession of different people there is one representing a picnic held in 1842 in the grounds surrounding the house, which is excellently drawn and painted. The property passed through various hands, and the castle became so dilapidated that it has been found necessary to remove it.



 1922

The Register
Wednesday 15 March 1922
  GRAHAM'S CASTLE.
From A. T. SAUNDERS:— The correspondent is very much at sea regarding Graham's Castle, Prospect House, Ac Graham's castle was demolished 20 years ago. Mr. Whinham lodged his boarder boys in it for some time. Some of them also boarded at his Buxton street establishment.
Mr. Richmond may have been one of the 108 passengers per Ariadne, and may have built Graham'ss castle in 1840; but I have no proof of it. I do not think that Mr. S. Marshall was here in1840  to assemble the organ, but this again, I cannot Say for certain.
Mr. Angas Prospect Lodge was not next to Graham's Castle. It was in Bowden, at the corner of Torrens road, opposite the park lands. It was in existence a few. weeks ago, and it still exists I think. Until quite recently it was tihe property of a descendant of Mr. Angas.
In 1853 John Adams occupied Prospect House, and Mr. (afterwards the Hon.) E. McEllister, occupied Prospect Lodge near Graham's Castle, and he or his widow occupied it well into the 60's or later.
This Prospect Lodge and Mr Angas's house were very different properties. The Register, 22/12/53 (p. 4, c. 5) has this advertisement:—
'To let, Prospect House near North Adelaide, the property of J. B. Graham, now occupied by Mr. and Mrs. Adams, who are going to England; 52 acres of land; 32 acres laid out; stone wall, folding gates; furniture and organ for saie,'
Evidently the correspondent is also wrong regarding the organ. The Register. 28/7/49 (p. 2) records a deer hunt at 'Mr. Graham's seat, Prospect.' The Register, 29/8/49, records that (20/4/1849), at Holy Trinity, Brompton, John Benjamin Graham, of Vere Lodge, Old Brompton and Prospeot House, near Adelaide, South Australia, married Louisa, eldest daughter of Robert Rymill, Brompton Row.
Mr. Graham bought an estate in Germany, and lived there, and The Register (5/1/77, p. 5, c. 2), records his death in Germany. Mr. Graham arrived per Recovery, 19/9/39, and was in business in Hindley street. He was an ironmonger, but went into various ventures. In April, 1845, Mr. Graham voyaged in the Governor Gawler to Rivoi Bay.
He travelled over the pastoral country to Mount Gambler, and returned in May, just before the Burra discovery. He invested £2,000 in the Burra, and in 1848 was said to be drawing £16,000 a year from, that mine. The South Australian, 15/12/48, has an account of Mr. Graham's life.
The Register, 12/1/48, says, 'Mr. J. B. Graham, the largest proprietor of the Burra Mine leaves today for Calcutta per ship Gellert,' and gives an account of his life. It is recorded, .15/12/4S, that when Mr. Graham reached England, via Calcutta, he called his father's creditors together, and paid them in full as the Good Brother did in after years. In 1844, in Prospect Village, within the municipality (of Adelaide), John Richmond had 40 acres in wheat, barley, and potatoes.

The Register

 Friday 17 March 1922
GRAHAM'S CASTLE
From 'A CORRESPONDENT'— A Yankillila correspondent in The Register of Saturday, has evidently become much mixed up in reference to two well-known northerly- suburban residences of the early days: and even our old -friend, Mr. A. T. Sounders— usually so helpfully accurate— has not unravelled the tangle much. Graham's Castle was about three-quarters of a mile, or a mile, from Prospect Hall— not Prospect Lodge, or Propect House, as mentioned by both correspondents.
It faced the Lower North road, beyond Ovingham, and was surrounded by a strong, high wall Prospect Hall, which became the property of the late Mr. G. F. Angas, early in the sixties, faces the city boundary road, around the parklands, and the old Port road, now called the Torrens road, at the extreme north-east corner of Bowden-on-the-Hill.
It has born* no other name since I have known it than Prospect Hall, certainly the Angas family did not call it by any other name. In July of '1888 received and accepted a cordial invitation from the late Mr. G. F. Angus to take tea with him at Prospect Hall.
This incident brought about an intimate friendship between the family and myself, which has existed until the present day within a few weeks at 60 years! I have held, and still hold the whole family in the highest esteem possible. Mr. McEllister's residence' was nearly opposite to Prospect Hall, in the Prospect district, but not near Graham's Castle, as stated by Mr. A. T. Saunders. Mr. J. H. Angus purchased. Prospect Hall from his father later.


GRAHAM'S CASTLE.
From THOMAS Neill
— As one of the few surviving fellow passengers of the late J. B. Graham in 1839 (I know of four), I was much interested in the paragraph in The Register of Tuesday under the heading of 'Pictures and Prospect. '
I noticed, however, an error in a reference to Graham's Castle as still standing. The building -was demolished a -number of years ago and was not identical with Prospect Hall, as the writer assumes. The later building was not in Prospect, but at the corner of Torrens road and Park terrace, Bowden-on-the-Hill. The name probably had reference to the commanding view of prospect it possessed.
It was the town residence of Mr. G. F. Angas, one of the founders of the State. The reference to the residences of H. Hussey and T. Harkness are  correct.
Graham's Castle was nearly a mile farther north. The walls were finished with battlements and had a castellated appearance. Mrs. Adams, who was a portly dame, was Mr. Graham's mother, and Mr Adams his stepfather


1924


The Register

 Thursday 11 September 1924
OLD WHINHAMITES.
Dr. Angas Johnson, Messrs. R. E. P. Osborne, G. M. Duncan, and myself were chatting together and discovered that we were all old Whinhamites. Mr. Duncan
w.as a boarder from 1875 to 1879. 1 was the youngest of 120 boarders in Bob Whinham's time,' remarked Dr. Johnson. My father sent me to Whinham's to be thrashed,' explained Mr. Osborne, but Bob Whinham never touched me. He was one of the best friends I ever had.' 'He belted me,' said Dr. Johnson. 'And he kicked me from pillar to post,' added Mr. Duncan. Then they fell to recalling the pinkies, bandicoots, and native cats they saw when the boarders were housed at Graham's Castle. George Duncan has had a' wonderfully varied experience. He once managed a racing stud for Dorrie Doolette, another old Whinhamite. He hag had a big nursery for five years. Seven acres of it were under cover. He says too much money goes out in wages, and that it would be better if he had a' smaller place.'


1929

The Advertiser


  Friday 22 February 1929

EARLY YANKALILLA.
From A.T. SAUNDERS:—Respecting the interesting article in "The Advertiser" of Tuesday, I may state that the descendants of Mr. J.B. Graham bad an excellent picture ol Graham's Castle, Prospect, erected by Mr. Graham, about 1847, but not occupied by him for long.
His father died, and his Mother married Mr. Adams, the old couple living in the castle for some years.
Thanks to Mrs. Hancock, of Gladstone. I have Mrs. Adams's visiting card, with her name, and Prospect house. North Adelaide, on it. Mr. Graham arrived here a poor man "With a good reputation, and began business in Hindley-street as an ironmonger, his former employer in Halifax  (England) having helped him.
The "South Australian" quotes from the "Halifax Guardian" an account of this "Lucky Emigrant," who paid his father's debts. In January, 1848, Mr. Graham sailed from Adelaide for Calcutta in the German ship Gellert, and thus arrived in England. He married at Holy Trinity. Brompton, London, Miss Louisa Rymill sister of the gentlemen who. became so -well known here. He bought an estate in Germany, and died late in 1876. He arrived here on the Recovery, 1839, on 19th August, a surviving fellow passenger being Mr. Thomas Neill.




The Advertiser


  Saturday 19 October 1929
GRAHAM'S CASTLE
From A. D. CARLILE, St. Peters:— I was most interested in reading the remarks of Archbishop Spence about Graham Castle, as I was born there in the early seventies. My late mother and father always told the family about them living at the castle for some time, and how they were obliged to leave owing to disturbing noises heard at night. The same thing happened to the family that followed, who took the castle for a term, but only stayed a few months.


 1947

 The Advertiser
Friday 11 July 1947

Haunted By Children And Snakes
To the Editor
(Mrs.) IRENE ALTMANN. 13 Clifton street. Prospect.
Sir—Prospect House, referred to in the paragraph ("The Advertiser," 1O/7/47) regarding the gift of water colours to the National Gallery was the property known locally at that time as "Graham's Castle." The property comprised ( if I remember aright) all that area from Clifton street extension to Rose street, and from Braund road to the Lower North road (now Churchill avenue?). The house was reputed to be haunted. It was, I think, of two storeys, and above the stairs there was a lookout. From this vantage point we children had warning of anyone approaching the building, and by knocking at the front door when visitors were at the back, and vice versa, and hiding successfully in between, I am sure we helped to sustain the reputation of the house. It would not be many seconds before we would see the sight seers making for one of the entrances.
I heard that the walls on demolition, were found to be the home of quite a number of snakes, which may have had something to do with the legend that the "Castle" was haunted


© 2007 - 2014 Allen Tiller
www.eidolonparanormal.net


All content on “Eidolon Paranormal & The Haunts of Adelaide” sites, blog and corresponding media pages (eg Facebook, twitter etc) is copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study, research, criticism or review, as permitted under the Copyright Act, no part may be reproduced by any means or process without the written permission of the author. © 2012, 2013, 2014

All photos remain the property of their respective copyright owners and are displayed here for the purpose of education, research and review under the copyright act "fair usage" clause.

Some photo's used here on this site are sourced from The Sate Library of South Australia, and The National Library of Australia and http://www.gawler.nowandthen.net.au - all photos are out of copyright and have no usage restrictions implied.

Eidolon Investigation - Nudgee Cemetery - QLD 2003/4/5

Nudgee Catholic Cemetery


Location: Queensland Australia

Location type: Catholic Cemetery

Location status: Business Hours
Website: http://www.nudgeecemetery.com.au/


History


 A Roman Catholic Cemetery, Nudgee Cemetery is located in the inner northern suburbs of Brisbane, in Queensland Australia.
Although It is a Catholic Cemetery, anyone of any denomination can be buried at Nudgee cemetery.

The Cemetery opened in 1867 and was Brisbane's first Catholic Cemetery, it still remains Brisbane's largest privately owned cemetery. 
St Vincent's Orphanage was established near the current location by the Sisters of Mercy, under the sponsorship of Bishop James O'Quinn, with a new orphanage and a budding Catholic community it was decided a new cemetery was in need for the burial of parishioners, Priests and orphans and the local community.
In 1867, Bernard McHugh was the first person interred in the cemetery.
 Nudgee Cemetery was very popular amongst the Irish Catholic community, so much so, an Irish Stonemason moved into the district and set up a monumental masons works nearby in the 1890's, "Timothy Wrafter & sons PTY LTD" Many of the older tombstones made by Mr Wrafter still remain.
Brisbane persons of note buried at Nudgee cemetery include: TC Beirne, philanthropist and department store owner. The former managing director of Castlemaine Perkins, Mr George Wilkie Gray. Premier of Queensland and founder of the democratic Labor Party, Vince Gair

Eidolon Paranormal in Queensland
Nudgee cemetery is one of the locations Allen credits as a testing ground when he first started testing equipment and techniques.
This cemetery was located very close to the suburb he was living in at the time and was easily accessible, and not frequented by many people, day or night , which made testing new ideas and equipment much easier.
This is reportably a very haunted cemetery, including full bodied apparitions, vortex's and strange lights (you can see some photos at this website: http://liannamaye.webs.com/ghostphotospageone.htm
Allen never found anything out of the ordinary here on his multiple day and night excursions