The haunting of the Monte Cristo Homestead

By Sarah Bartlett | September 4, 2018

Myriad tragic incidents have led to a gallery of ghosts in this Victorian villa in New South Wales.

APPARITIONS, STRANGE orbs, poltergeists, and phantom noises are attributed to the tragic history of this isolated house on a hill overlooking the town of Junee. Built by farm owner Christopher Crawley in 1884, the house passed to his wife, Elizabeth Crawley, on his death in 1910. Unable to get over her husband’s death, Elizabeth spent the rest of her life as a recluse. She converted the upstairs box room to a chapel and immersed herself in the Bible, allegedly leaving the house only twice before her death from a ruptured appendix. Mrs. Crawley’s ghost is said to haunt her former home — the sensation of ice-cold air falling like snow reportedly indicates her presence.

A chain of violent events in the house have triggered other supernatural incidents. A maid once plummeted to her death from the upstairs balcony, and the figure of a woman in period dress has been seen walking along the veranda to the blood-stained steps where she fell. A stable boy who burned to death in his bed at the hands of his master is thought to haunt the coach house, while the ghost of a mentally disabled man named Harold wanders the grounds. Kept chained in the caretaker’s cottage for 40 years, Harold was found curled up at the feet of his mother’s dead body. He died shortly after being sent to a home for the insane. The sound of clanking chains is said to warn of his approach.

This is an extract from Australian Geographic’s Supernatural.