Monte Cristo Homestead
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.)