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Be Guided As You Devour Ghostly Stories From The Past
Photo courtesy of The Friends of Old Government House & Experiment Farm Cottage
It is said in folklore that a ghost is a soul of a dead person or animal that appears to the living. Whether you believe in them or not, cases all over the World have been reported by sane and influential people. Descriptions of these sightings vary from person to person and no matter what they see, it is very real in their minds and that passed over people and animals remain where they wish to stay.
Old Government House in Parramatta is now listed in the UNESCO World Heritage Register and therefore preservation of the building's history will remain for generations to come. This building is the oldest remaining public building in Australia and can trace its history back to the early establishment of the penal colony in 1788. The building also contains a collection of colonial furniture from that time. The first part of Old Government House, a plaster and lath cottage, was built on land which Governor Arthur Phillip had surveyed at Rose Hill. This cottage eventually collapsed and was replaced by a two-storey building. Between 1814 and 1818 under the guidance of Governor Macquarie, the building was expanded into its palladian style of today.
The Governors of New South Wales used Parramatta as their country residence and the main residence being Government House in Sydney. After the death of Lady Fitzroy in 1847, the house was not used by governors anymore and the furniture was sold by public auction. The building was leased privately at first and then by St. John School. In 1907 an Anglican boarding school, The King's School took over the lease for twenty-five years as dormitory accommodation and stayed fifty-five.
Photo courtesy of The Friends of Old Government House & Experiment Farm Collage
The "Friends" conduct ghost night tours, lectures and exhibitions as well as social events and Halloween nights, of which the proceeds assist in the maintenance of the property. It is believed that the Governors and their families still haunt Old Government House. Cost of the candlelit tour is $35 per person, but if you are a National Trust member, a discount will apply with your tour costing $32.00 pp. The tour is approximately two and a half hours beginning at 7.30pm and concluding around 10.00pm. The price includes drinks and supper. Private group tours are also available with a minimum number of twenty attendees. Children under the age of sixteen are not permitted.
Free parking is available in designated spots in the grounds of the building and monitored twenty-four hours a day. Although photography is permitted outside the building, it is not permitted inside the museum.
Be part of the expanded group who have visited this grand 212-year-old Georgian Mansion and experience for yourself the ghostly encounters that psychics, guides and visitors have experienced during their time there. Bookings are essential. Further information can be obtained by telephoning Matt on 022 9635 8149 or googling their website.