Saturday, February 26, 2011

THE WINGED SPECTRE OF RED HILL


A local Canberra ghost story from 1866. After reading of the ghost of Yarralumla I came across this 'bushman's tale' set on a journey by (believe it or not) four Irishmen, Haggerty, Sweeny, O'Toole and O'Lynn. They had all been drinking and whilst returning from a stay in Queanbeyan were confronted by what they thought a winged spectre on Red Hill. The clipping's quality makes it a little challenging to read in parts but it's a good tale. You might also note the name Canberra was being used long before 1913.

Queanbeyan Age and General Advertiser - 12 April 1866






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