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The Haunted Cutting

Written by Annie O'Riley ( on May 11, 2012

This story was published in the South Bourke and Mornington Journal on the 19th of March 1902

“During the last few weeks a ghost has been seen at intervals haunting “The Cutting” at Lower Beaconsfield, frightening the wits out of late travelers. It may lead to more serious results if not stopped, as some people living in the vicinity are afraid to stop outside their doors after dark. This “vague shadowy thing” evidently does not consider itself bullet proof, for at midnight last Friday a horseman (who had no faith in ghosts) becoming impatient at the delay and fright to his horse, tied the animal to a fence and levelling his meerschaum pipe, gave chase. The apparition fled for dear life, taking the shortest cut to get out of sight. If “it” should be able to read, let “it” take warning not to appear again as some of the residents carry firearms and are determined to put an end to such nonsense.”

It seems that our ghost could read because there are no more sightings reported in the area.

Written by Annie O'Riley. Annie is the author of and has been researching local history for over 30 years. She is constantly finding new stories and characters to write about.

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