Ghosts of Melbourne

Hosier Lane, Melbourne Australia.

Supposedly haunted by Jack The Ripper suspect Fredrick Deeming. I’m not entirely sure why this alleyway (which is a major tourist attraction due to its street art), is said to be haunted by this thoroughly unpleasant character who was hung in Melbourne Gaol in 1892.

However local paranormal investigator’s have claimed to have seen his apparition and made relevant EVP recordings. I did make some crude iPhone voice-recorder requests for Fred to show himself or at least threaten me with a “GET OUT” vocalisation, but alas I left my phone in a taxi, and never recovered it. Perhaps Freddy had the last laugh.

Hotel Windsor

This hotel is considered spook central for veteran ghost hunters. I ‘spirited’ my way in past the concierge and soaked up the regal lobby of the grand old lady, originally named (fittingly) as ‘The Grand’.

Old world charm and black and white photos aside, Australian opera legend Dame Nellie Melba is said to be heard belting out operetta to this day amongst the Victorian-era hallways.

Actress Nellie Stewart, who was synonymous for appearances in Gilbert and Sullivan opera’s, is also said to have left her imprint on the building.

The Princess Theatre 

Opened in 1854, the Princess Theatre neighbours Hotel Windsor. Resident ghost, actor Frederick Federici suffered at cardiac address during a production of Faust in 1888. His ghost is so famous, it even has it’s own bistro, and the theatre applies significant artistic licence to the legend.I was hoping to take a tour, and snap a manifestation of dapper Freddy, unfortunately the sneering visual arts graduate manning the box office was less than accommodating, and suggested I buy a ticket to Harry Potter, the current show on the bill.

Freddy is undoubtedly good for business, but after doing some research, evidence for his presence is sketchy at best.

Not that I’m bitter of course.

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