Ghostly apparitions to be investigated at Childers

GHOST STORIES: The Down Under Spirit team looked into the ghosts of Apple Tree Creek.
GHOST STORIES: The Down Under Spirit team looked into the ghosts of Apple Tree Creek. Jodie Dixon

THE Down Under Spirit Team (DUST) made the journey from Brisbane to investigate the supernatural events that have been recorded over the years in Childers.

The team members were excited, and from the time they arrived, it was apparent to them there has been and is a lot of supernatural activity in Childers, and they were excited to be investigating the town's mystery sightings.

This is the first report delivered after the investigation, and founder Rick Burden said his team would take up two weeks to analyse all the recordings. He promises to deliver a second report when all readings are completed.

The hall

FROM the time Jodie mentioned going to the Apple Tree Creek Hall, I kept on seeing two people - a small boy and a small girl. They had not said anything to me, or given me any indication as to why they were presenting. They just were presenting to me for some reason.

When I first walked into the hall, I felt like I was moving through a crowd of people that were all talking at the same time, and I couldn't make out one single conversation, as each conversation drowned out.

Upon entering, I could also hear music, vintage music, like the waltz. That type of music, while brilliant, it's not my cup of tea, so to speak, so I am not sure exactly what song it was that I was hearing.

I was immediately drawn to the stage area. As I approached, the panel at the front of the stage disappeared and I saw the two children hiding under the stage. They told me "Shhh, we are hiding from a man". It didn't make much sense to me, until I was speaking to Sharon Gander from the Hall. She informed me the hall for many years has been used as a church. The church side of things immediately had a correlation to the children for me - not in a bad way. It was more like they were hiding from a disciplinarian, and they didn't want to get "hurt".

Walking around the hall, I was then drawn back towards the front of the hall, where the trophy cabinet area is. As I was walking down there, a man appeared sitting on the blue recliner chair, leaning back with his feet up. He was a thin-built man, with a longer bushy beard. He said, "I like this chair. We did not have anything like this back in my day."

I was then drawn to look at the pictures beside the trophies. I almost fell over when I saw the man on the chair in one of the photos! Mr J Frost.

At this stage, no one there could shed any light on who Mr Frost was, or his ties to the hall. Mr Frost started following me around the hall for a short while after that point, up until we all went out the front to get the gear ready to start trying to investigate.

Lastly for the hall, I went back up to the stage area, and the door just to stage left, the ladies' toilet, I think. When I stepped into the room just before the toilets themselves, where the hand basin is, I picked up on a female energy. I couldn't see her - just felt her energy.

There was a lot of guilt and shame, and embarrassment was surrounding her energy as she had a baby out of wedlock.

I got the distinct feeling that she committed suicide over it. I also got the distinct feeling that the baby was killed over it, too, but I don't know if she killed the baby or someone else did.

I get a strong feeling her energy is land-based, which is probably why I couldn't see her, as she might have been under the floorboards.

Do you think there are ghosts in Childers?

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Yes - 74%

No - 25%

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The Grand Hotel

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WHEN I first arrived at the Grand Hotel, it felt "empty", for lack of a better word. It wasn't until after we finished lunch, went for a short walk, and came back and sat in the beer garden area that I started really picking up on things. When we went for the walk mentioned above, we walked down the alleyway at the Grand Hotel.

Before I walked into the alleyway, I turned to Alain and told him I was seeing horse hooves.

It was just the horse hooves, and they were walking (or trotting). I couldn't see the rest of the horses, just the hooves. Alain then pointed me to the sign, and I had a read of the sign.

When we got back from the walk, we were sitting at a table in the beer garden. I was sitting there talking with everyone and I was flicked on the back of the neck. It was like a finger flick. It didn't feel threatening, just mischievous. While sitting in the beer garden, I started getting a few visions of a lady.

She was only presenting to me, showing herself from behind. She was wearing a lemon-coloured dress, neck to toe, black shoes, white lacy elbow-length gloves and hair pulled back into a bun at the back of her head. She was just floating there in mid-air with a rope around her neck and "swinging". She gave me no other information, no names, and never showed herself from the front.

Inside the bar, tab and poker machine areas, I felt the energy of a male roaming the pub. I didn't feel his energy upstairs, but while I was in the hallway downstairs (between the front bar and the poker machine room), I saw the energy walk up the stairs. His energy had the vibe of being an old manager, or owner of the pub, and he was just going about his business running the pub. I think a room or two may have changed from his time, as he went through a couple of walls. I also get the feeling with this energy that things might be moved by it - doors open or closed by it, lights turned on and off by it, etc. He means no harm, and is just wandering around doing what he thinks is his job.

While sleeping overnight (room 11, just at the top of the stairs to the right), I had a vision.

To make full disclosure here, Crystal did mention that there had been reports of a secret door in the room I was staying in that led to the next room, and a lot of reported activity. I didn't get any activity in the room. In fact, it felt empty, for lack of a better word. During the night, though, as mentioned, I did have a vision.

I was in the room, and the little commode in the far corner of the room was no longer there, nor the steel cagey clothes hanger.

I saw a hand reach out and open a little door no bigger than three feet by three feet, right in that corner, behind the commode that is there now.

When the door opened, I could see into the other room.

That is all I was shown in the vision, but I get the feeling that the person on the side of the wall in the room I was staying in was a female and she was the one that opened the hidden door and was sneaking into the man's room next door.

I get the distinct feeling that the hidden door has since been removed and the wall restored.


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