Monte Cristo Homestead

February 25th, 2009

The Monte Cristo Homestead is located in Junee, New South Wales, Australia. Monte Cristo is a late Victorian-era mansion that was built in 1884. The mansion sits atop a large hill that overlooks the town of Junee. A man by the name of Reginald Ryan has owned the mansion since 1963, and it that time frame he has become quite an expert on history of the Monte Cristo. He especially knows about the horrific history that once took place there. A maid was pushed off the balcony and was killed by the fall. As horrific as this sounds, to make it even worse, this women was pregnant.

On another occasion, one of the boys that worked and boarded at the Monte Cristo wouldn’t get up for work one morning. The boss told him to get up, but the boy wouldn’t do it because he claimed to be too sick. The boss was quite stubborn, so he did not believe the boy. He lit the straw mattress on fire in an attempt to get him out of the bed, but the boy did not get out in time, and he was burnt alive. The Crawley family were the original owners of the house, and they always treated their servants horribly. They were known to beat them, curse at them, and who knows what else.

Christopher Crawley, the original builder, died in 1910, upon which his wife Elizabeth Lydia Crawley stayed in her bedroom upstairs almost non-stop until her death. She converted this bedroom into a chapel, and lived for 23 more years until her death. Matt Bowden of the Australian Ghost Hunters Society investigated the Monte Cristo in 2001, where Matt felt strange cold spots in the Drawing Room. This was where Mrs. Crawley would sit and sew all day long. There about 10 ghosts believed to haunt the Monte Cristo. The ghosts include members of the Crawley family and their servants.

(Source: Belanger, Jeff. Encyclopedia of Haunted Places. 2005.)

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  1. Tracey D
    March 11th, 2009 at 02:03 | #1

    I have slept over in this place on an investigation about 4 times and have experienced something every time. Not so much during the tours which are run when you stay there, but after in the rooms that you stay in , attached to the main building above the servants quarters.
    1st stayover- I shared a bed with my sister and we locked our door and drew the blinds. I made a point of showing her the blinds were drawn as the owner had stated that his kids had seen faces at the window as children of a man when there was no veranda where their room was. I was woken early hours of the morning by bright light on my pillow. I glanced over to the window to see where it was coming from and the blind was pulled open adn it was moonlight that woke me on my pillow. I woke my sister to show her

    2nd stayover I shared a room with a female investigator. She was wide awake early hours of the morning and i was just drifting off. Suddenly our door knob rattled like someone was trying to open the door. She got up quickly to check if anyone was there. She poked her head out and noticed that 2 other members were sitting downstairs within range of the stairs so they could talk but keep check on the area in front of the rooms upstairs. They had heard the door rattled, looked up and seen nothing but only my room mate then poke her head out to see what it was.

    3rd stayover 3 of us shared a room. My sister observed a green energy light in the dark when we turned the light off. My emf spiked and the bedside lamp flickered. I obtained an evp that night while we were asleep

    4th stayover in Feb I obtained IR footage in our locked room that i shared with my sister. The footage shows my pillow being depressed shortly before a lamp cord is moved. The lamp cord is captured moving over an hour.

  2. Chris
    March 13th, 2009 at 02:02 | #2

    That is so amazing Tracey! That is also quite scary as well. Did you feel your pillow being depressed?

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