Archive for the ‘Interesting History’ Category

A ‘paradise above the clouds’ is a description once given to the makeshift town for the workers of the Matsuo Sulfur Mines. The town was well furbished, modern and housed up to 15,000 workers. Quite often a fog comes over the area, over the now abandoned town, and it is barely visible even to those knowing where they should look.

It ceased action in 1969 and the once busy area now lays in relative silence. It was not likely to remain inhabited due to it being a hard place to travel, without a reason of commerce and work it seems inevitable but a little sad.

4,000 workers were supported in a 15,000 strong community, the mist surrounded these people regularly and today makes it hard to find the place.n There are not many artefacts of a personal nature left but the schools, apartments and other buildings are said to be easy to access.

One local story does say that someone killed himself in the school gym, using a basketball rack. There are no reports of hauntings or ghostly goings but plenty of talk about it’s eerie beauty.

(Sorry about the cheesy image I had nothing else)

Near to Prohlandnyi at 1am on the 10th August, 1989 a report came in about a Soviet Military radar picking up an unidentified flying object.

An attempt to contact the occupants of the aircraft was made but they got no response and it was declared hostile. MIG-25’s were put into the air to identify the UFO and they were authorised to use weaponry if it was deemed necessary.

The UFO then ditched over mountains so a retrieval team was dispatched. The area was completely cordoned off to everyone other than military personnel. The object was 20 foot long, 10 foot tall and shaped like a long cigar. There was a small amount of radiation and some members of the team were affected. The object was moved back to Mozolok Air Base, a scientific team was sent out. By then a KGB cover up was supposedly in action and yet it seems details were still released by unknown sources.

By crashing, the door to the UFO fell open and inside were three alien bodies. Two were dead and one was barely alive, the deceased two had been killed by equipment falling on them and the third they tried to save but he could not be helped. The aliens were said to be 3 ½ foot to 4 foot tall and grey outwardly. Underneath their outerwear the skin was a blue-green colour, they had no hair, large black eyes with a protective lid, web fingers and slender arms.

Due to a further lack of information this seems more like some strange local story than fact, but I found it interesting none-the-less.

17187-illustration-of-a-ufo-pv

PD Info: This image is licensed under Public Domain.
Released to the Public Domain by author.

800 years ago the castle was built to stop the Scottish invading England and anyone caught would be subjected to torture in its dungeon. The floor there slopes away in order to drain the blood away and prisoners made marks on the walls, counting down the days until the would finally die and be mercifully released.

John Sage was a cruel and sadistic torturer who took pride in his work. He invented new methods of causing pain and in his three years of working there saw around 7,500 that he tortured to death. 7 deaths a day does seem like a lot to me, including the fact I didn’t give him a day off at all but that’s the figure apparently…

He is said to have rounded up the Scottish at the castle one day and burnt them in the forecourt. Not sufficiently happy with that he then took and axe and culled the smaller children in the Edward Room. The axe is reportedly still at the castle too.

Reports have been made that in the room the chandelier swings of its own accord, foul smells have been reported and a sense of a strange atmosphere about it have been mentioned. Sage’s tales also extend to the fact that he accidentally strangled his girlfriend whilst making love to her on the torture rack, quite the romantic too eh? The father of the woman threatened to gather up his army and sack the castle if Sage was not killed, he was hanged in a tree near the Edward room and the enthusiastic crowd took pieces off his corpse as he died for souvenirs.

There are other stories linked to the place but those ones seems the juiciest.

Chillingham Castle.jpg
By Glen Bowman from Newcastle, England – My Best of 2005 29-08-2005 16-11-39, CC BY 2.0, Link

Today the gaol in Brisbane, Queensland, Australia is open for guided tours and is the only surviving intact goal for the period of the 19th Century in Queensland. It was officially known as Brisbane Jail but gained a more local name of Boggo Road.

In 1903 a female prison was built, later known as Division 2 and is the surviving building. It has been heritage listed. Division 1, built in 1883, was demolished during an overhaul to provide an oval and recreation facilities in the 1960’s. Division 1 saw 42 hangings one of those was Ernest Austin who was the last man executed in Queensland in 1913, under the oval on the former site was a facility that became known as the black hole. It is where the prisoners were subjected to punishment of what I presume was pretty darned awful. It was used until some time in the 1980’s.

During the 1970’s the inmates undertook protests, hunger strikes and riots hit the headlines. The prison conditions were outdated and inadequate. In 1989 Division 2 building was closed down and 1992 they closed Division 1 and it was demolished in 1996. A modern prison for women operated adjacently until 2000 and was taken down in 2006.

Ernest Austin is alleged to be a member of the Boggo Road Gaol ghost collection. Legend has it that he was not at all sorry for his crimes and mocked the crowd that gathered at his the gallows for his execution. He said he would return from the grave to cause more suffering, he went on to haunt the prison, lock eyes with his victims and then drive them into madness.

It seems this story doesn’t fit so well with the records that suggest his last words were to beg forgiveness. For some reason he is said to haunt Division 2 but was hanged in the demolished Division 1. It seems this story may be an urban legend or an old story that crossed into the area after the original building was destroyed.

StateLibQld 1 111256 Entrance to Boggo Road Gaol, ca. 1936.jpg
By Item is held by John Oxley Library, State Library of Queensland., Public Domain, Link

(Sydney, Australia) As people arrived to colonise Australia it was important to minimise the disease, smallpox, plague etc.. reaching the island. A quarantine facility was implemented and an act passed in 1832 meant the quarantine station was there to protect the people for over 100 years. 1828-1984 the station was open in some way or another.

At peak times people would run out of space, camps would be made outside for residents. It could be a miserable experience and healthy people would help with cleaning and constructions just to break the monotony.

Lady McNaughton was a typhoid riddled ship which came with 54 dead in 1837. A further 13 died in the station. Captain Stokes of the Beagle also wrote that it was possible to identify the station by the White Crosses littered around it.

It is still like a city in itself and there are regular tourists, and not surprisingly there are ghost tours in operation.

There are stories of doctors, nurses and disembodied patients that return to haunt the place. There are three cemeteries that now are overgrown or demolished and no doubt some of those buried suffered as they passed from awful sicknesses too. Cold spots and feelings of being touched are reports that have come back.

Park rangers have historically reported ghostly lights or figures in unoccupied hallways and rooms of the building, they have then gone into to investigate only to find that there is no-one there. A common tale from visitors is about a little girl who sometimes holds a tourists hand, or people can join the group, only to later realise that no child was in the tour group.

Another story from the Australian Ghost Hunters Society was that a woman on the tour went to the mortuary with the group. She looked pale and concerned at the end of the tour and when asked why she said she had seen a body on the slab. It was not a prank, she said only she had seemed to see it, and he turned to her. He said “Look what they’ve done to me! Look what they’ve done to me!” he then exposed an incision from his throat to his naval. It was an experience she would never forget.

Q Station+whales