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Top 4 Spookiest Places in Victoria

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Published January 2nd 2013
Make some ghostly discoveries
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Like all other places in the world, Victoria has its own share of spooky and haunted places. With an extensive inquiry, you are bound to learn a story or two about places in and around Victoria that will raise hair on the back of your neck. Ghost stories are enjoyable, makes great conversation starters, can be served with tea, coffee or over dinner.

Extensive urbanisation and population boom has led to demolition and renovation of the traditional haunted houses pushing many members of the ghost population towards homelessness. However, a few places still remain that continues to offer refuge to ghosts and their ghostly activities. And if you can pluck up your courage then you can go on expeditions, held regularly by various organisations, and make your own discoveries of ghosts. Whether you are an ardent believer or a feisty atheist, ghost hunting can be a new hobby to be taken up as part of new years resolution or as a new interest.

1. Fortuna Villa, Bendigo
Formerly the home of Australia's "Quartz King" George Lansell who introduced deep tunnel mining, Fortuna Villa in Bendigo is credited with being the playground of numerous ghosts. Chilling official reports by the Army Survey Regiment, which had been stationed here for 44 years, cite that to this day George Lansell can be seen walking around the villa. The Caretaker and numerous staff of the household give account of stories of sighting a Maid, who is alleged to have had an affair with Lansell. Lansell's first wife, Bedillia, who died under uncertain circumstances in the 1880s is said to be stalking the corridors and balconies of the villa. Confident witnesses steadfastly swear that voices have been heard while no human body could be seen.

In reports recorded by the Army, there have been mention of sudden and inexplicable drop in temperatures, flickering lights, locked doors opening by themselves, unexplained movements of inanimate objects and so forth. With such an abundance of ghostly presence, this place makes an ideal ground for commencing your ghost hunting saga.

Location: Chum Street, Bendigo
Best time for witnessing paranormal activities: Usually night time

2. Overnewton Castle, Keilor

Since the publishing of this article, these claims have been disputed. There are no records of any such event occurring, and they are speculation by the sources of the information. - Editing Crew

Overnewton Castle is famous for eerie sightings and spooky sounds. Legend has it that a 15 year old boy fell down the stairs of the castle and broke his neck. The boy used to go to the school opposite the castle. The castle was used as a library by the school authorities. Children claimed to have seen the boy standing at the top of the spiral staircase which led to the school halting the usage of the castle.

Various witnesses have reported sightings of apparitions in the windows of the castle. It is also said that the main gate closes itself and lights go on and off when there is no one home. In recent times, the castle has been transformed into a function hall however, no one, absolutely no one is allowed to climb up the spiral staircase. This castle and its stories are enough to make anyone feel goosebumps erupt up his or her neck.

Location: 51 Overnewton Road, Keilor
Best time for witnessing paranormal activities: Usually night time

3. Princess Theatre, Melbourne
The illustrious Princess Theatre has long been haunted by a solitary ghost of the singer Federici. In March 1888, Federici died an untimely death while playing the role of Mephistopheles in the opera Faust. The following night of the show, the cast of the opera Faust claimed to have sighted two Mephistopheles extending their hands for the bow. Federici's replacement, Ernest St Clair swore to the effect that every time he tried to pick up his bow he was pushed away by a pair of invisible hands.

Since that day, there have been a number of reports of sightings of Federici's ghost. With the flow of time, a sighting of the ghost has come to be considered a sign of good luck. Sighting aside, a general feeling of uneasiness or smell of burnt toast, a favourite of Federici's, are held to be good indications of his presence. You can learn more about this haunted venue by accessing 8 Quirky Facts About Melbourne.

Location: 163 Spring Street, Melbourne
Best time for witnessing paranormal activities: Usually night time

4. Kew Mental Asylum, Kew
Kew Mental Asylum is a decommissioned psychiatric hospital parched between Princess Street and Yarra Boulevard in Kew. This asylum opened its doors in 1871 and was operational until 1988. Also known as Wilsmere, Kew Mental Asylum was one of the largest asylums in Australia and was subjected to multiple inquiries regarding overcrowding, mismanagement, lack of resources, poor sanitation and proliferation of diseases.

There have been reports of uncanny noises being heard in the top levels of the asylum. Eye witnesses have given accounts of sightings of ghosts stalking the staircases and corridors who are also claimed to have awakened people in the dead of the night standing at the end of their beds. A site for lunatics, mismanagement and unexplained deaths, Wilsmere sure distinguishes itself as an excellent site for paranormal activities.

Location: 1-258 Wiltshire Drive, Kew
Best time for witnessing paranormal activities: Usually night time

All these haunted places require permission of the owners before you can venture in and make your own ghostly discoveries.

Do you have knowledge and/or experience of haunted sites in Victoria which sent shivers down your spine? Then you are cordially invited to share your stories with our avid readers.
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Your Comment
Great article, well researched.
by Nadine Cresswell-Myatt (score: 3|5675) 2482 days ago
Spooky, but nice.
by Melbournefreelancer (score: 2|335) 2482 days ago
Wow, I never knew about the Princess Theatre in Melbourne. Great article.
by Ms. Samantha (score: 2|362) 2480 days ago
I'm a believing sceptic and have been looking for some new places to venture to in Victoria. I hear the Beechworth Asylum is also very haunted.
Great article and I'll be checking up on opening / tour times.
by npask (score: 1|29) 2475 days ago
Congrats on coming third.
by Bryony Harrison (score: 4|12470) 2457 days ago
Wedding this weekend at Overnewton Castle Keilor. Sunbury's 1879 Mental Asylum can be rather 'spooky' too...remember playing music on a hot day and feeling extreme cold while studying there (used to be a University) but maybe it was just typical Melbourne (World's Most Liveable City for 7 years - How? haha.) Weather.
by bruce (score: 0|2) 594 days ago
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