Monday, May 26, 2014

May 26: Are ghosts real?

One of the best tourist tours I have ever done, in fact probably only second to my Sound of Music tour in Salzburg, Austria, is the Fremantle Prison Torch Light tour.

I don't know why we ended up on the night time tour rather than a day time one, maybe we wanted to scare ourselves. But here we were, my sister and I in 1995 engrossed in one small part of our country's history. I don't think we had stuck so physically close to each other in many years.

The Fremantle Prison website is quite upfront about the tour including these words:

This experience involves a number of surprises and is not recommended for children under 10 or anyone with a weak heart or other health issues that may be aggravated by scares.

The prison only closed in 1991 so it was only a couple of years after this that I did the tour. I wasn't viewing something that was from 100 years ago, I was walking around a just closed prison.

The stories shared were historical but also of those still living, some in other prisons and some now out in the community.

We went through the morgue and we went to death row and the gallows where the rope was still hanging ready for the next person. There are cells with artwork covered walls and frames stained with blood were prisoners were flogged with a cat 'o'nine tails.

The last person hanged in 1964 was Eric Cooke, a serial killer who murdered an unknown number of people in Perth. After that, the community kept discussing whether or not capital punishment was something they wanted in our society until eventually it was abolished.

Yet there were still others that died within those walls, of natural causes or as the victims of prison life. Their deaths were not peaceful and painless.

And their ghosts remain there. 

There was a particular story about a female prisoner who has been showing her ghostly presence for decades. I can't recall her story or why she remained at the prison, but she is there.

With the right atmosphere, an experienced story teller, the wind blowing just right and the stars twinkling in the night sky, you just might see those ghosts for yourself.

However, it's important to note that ghosts can do nothing to the living.


  1. I believe that the spirits, presence of the dead are sometimes still around - how can there be nothing left once someone dies? Sorry my link off topic... too busy to write two today x

  2. I would love to think that ghosts are real.

  3. I don't know but it spooks me to think of them wandering around for eternity.
    Prisons do evoke those creepy emotions.

  4. Oh that sounds very spooky. I never thought too much about ghosts until I visited Port Arthur in Tasmania several years ago. Both me and my husband (who does not get spooked easily) felt so uneasy the whole time we were there, we left early!

  5. I don't think I'd enjoy that tour. Too creepy. Shouldn't be though, as you said, ghosts can do nothing to the living.

  6. I want to do this tour! I don't believe in "ghosts" as such, but I like getting caught up in the drama haha x

  7. I think your spirit goes to sleep when you die. In saying that, there do seem to be certain energies hanging around places that must have been left behind by something or someone. Ick. I get a bit unsettled by it all. I can't even watch the AD for Ghost Hunters without getting freaked out!!!


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