Everyone loves a good ghost story and Tuggerah Library is presenting two free events about local ghosts in November.
Local filmmaker Chris Halling will reveal details of the Coast’s most famous ghost at Jenny Dixon Beach and how hundreds of credible sightings of her over the past 40 years motivated him to make a thriller about her at a talk on Saturday 12 November at 11am.
On Thursday 10 November at 2pm Renata Daniel returns by popular demand to present a talk called Ghosts From Our Past: Urban Legends & Living History.
Tuggerah Library Branch Manager Susan Davy said the question of whether ghosts exist has fascinated human beings for hundreds of years.
“Some of the finest minds in history have been fascinated with the question of whether ghosts really do exist and it remains a subject of great curiosity today,” Ms Davy said.
“Urban legends and ghost stories are a way of remembering our past and giving it meaning.
They are mysterious as they involve paranormal activity and raise the question of the afterlife.”
Chris Halling has been fascinated with the Jenny Dixon Beach story for years, and did extensive research with the help of a paranormal researcher on the many hundreds of sightings, including by local police, of the ghost of a young girl wearing a white dress.
It is widely believed the ghost is that of a young school girl who was abducted by a group of young men as she walked home along the lonely stretch of Wilfred Barrett Drive, between The Entrance and Norah Head in the 1970s.
The young woman was raped, bashed and left for dead at a local reserve at Jenny Dixon Beach. She later died from her injuries.
No one was ever charged with the young woman’s murder, but the men who were believed to have been involved claimed to be haunted by her ghost, and have since turned up dead, one by one.
Local Police have received countless reports about a hitch hiking ghost along that stretch of road and written police reports of the sightings run into the hundreds.
Even a doctor who had no knowledge of the area or of the legend reported seeing the ghost of the murdered girl while he was driving along Wilfred Barrett Drive.
An historian, ghost hunter, clairvoyant and owner and tour guide of the multi-award winning Newcastle Heritage and Ghost Tours, Daniel will tell stories about Newcastle’s dark and haunted past, and explain some of the most famous ghost stories from the Newcastle and Hunter Regions.
Also a clairvoyant, Renata has been involved in leading paranormal tours since 2008 and has conducted basic psychic development classes.
Included in her session will be a discussion of her book, Newcastle Ghost Stories.
Bookings are essential for both events by calling Tuggerah Library on 02 4350 1560.