The Ghost of Mount Victoria Pass

In 1891 Henry Lawson published a poem called “The Ghost at the Second Bridge”, which told of encountering a terrifying spectre on lonely Mount Victoria Pass in the Blue Mountains. While a fright of fancy, Lawson’s poem was based on a tragic true story. Gather round for the haunting tale of a handful of murders, a couple of hangings, chaotic court cases, drunken witnesses, shock acquittals, and, of course, sightings of the restless spirit known as “The Woman in Black”.

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  1. An interesting tale. The cemetery behind Colllit’s Inn is very interesting. Lawson’s father is buried there. There is also a grave of an indigenous servant buried away from the main area. Perhaps not permitted on consecrated ground. Grog and the Irish seem to be a theme in these early times. The number of pubs/inns in the Hartley area at the time is quite extraordinary.
    There is some great history in this little valley.

  2. Thanks, Brian. Yes a stack of history packed into a small, beautiful and somewhat haunting place.

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