NEW EVIDENCE: Stonehouse Moore paranormal investigation
IN A NEW development, South Burnett Paranormal Investigators believe they have photographic evidence of one of the spirits haunting Moore's heritage-listed Stonehouse.
Andrew Green is one half of the South Burnett Paranormal duo, along with local James Webb, and has just recently become involved in unravelling the Stonehouse, Moore's rich history.
Stonehouse has been home to the original Williams family and their subsequent ancestors for the better part of the past 140 years.
Mr Green said he was intrigued by the history of Stonehouse prior to coming on board the now ongoing paranormal investigation.
"When going to investigate I was taking pictures, voice recordings, and using one of my ghost toys to read the energy in the area," he said.
"You have to keep going back to the spot of investigation and keep trying. I will take many photos just in the one spot. Then maybe in one out of the twelve pictures we'll see something different.
"I believe this is because the spirits don't have enough energy to make themselves visible the entire time. They've only got enough energy to hang around and be captured for a small amount of time. It's the same with the pictures."
Mr Green said because of the spirit's lack of energy, he uses a K2 Meter and does a thorough amount of research.
"The more you know about the history and the people who died there the more chance you have," he said.
"Before returning to the property the second time I did a lot of research. Through that I found there were four main deaths.
"Then using the K2 Meter I was able to ask the spirits by name if they were there. Once I started using specific names, I got greater energy readings from the spirits.
"Essentially the K2 Meter picks up electromagnetic fields. If there is someone there it will light up, depending on how strong the spirits energy and electromagnetic field is."
The four spirits Mr Green had positive readings for were Robert, Charles, Emma, and Elizabeth Williams.
Robert Williams found himself in possession of the Stonehouse in 1874. His brother Charles Williams joined him in running the Stonehouse along with Charles'wife Emma Williams.
Robert and Emma both died at the Stonehouse.
Emma Williams died on July 30, 1882, and was buried at the property.
Charles Williams died on Christmas Eve of 1887. He was riding back to Stonehouse when he had a riding accident. He was buried out at Taromeo Station.
Robert Williams died on December, 21 1907. He was buried in the Moore/Linville Cemetery.
Mr Green said Charles Williams was out drinking the night he died.
"My mother is one of the local historians here and she said according to their research he was drinking heavily in Taromeo and then he tried to ride his horse home to be there for Christmas Day," he said.
"But he didn't make it and instead never returned.
"At this point his wife Emma had already passed and their eldest daughter Elizabeth, known as Bessie, had really stepped up to help raise the other six kids.
"She was only 16 years old or so at the time. Christmas morning, she gathered up the kids and they went searching for their dad who never returned.
"I'm sure it was quite the Christmas surprise when they found him dead, leaving Bessie on her own to raise the six younger Williams children."
Mr Green said he asked about Robert, Charles, Emma, and Bessie Williams when investigating.
"The K2 really lit up when I asked about Charles and Bessie," he said.
"Bessie had one of the strongest readings. I think it's because she was such a strong personality.
"Taking over the Stonehouse when both her parents passed and raising the other six children at such a young age. She was a tough one."
There are three main old buildings at the Stonehouse, and Mr Green said he got readings and photos at the building where the Williams family resided.
"This picture I have is of outside near the building and you can see a man lying down," Mr Green said.
"You can see that he has a grey beard. Based on that and the light up responses from the K2 I think it is Charles.
"Then in another photo you can see the outline of girl.
"When we asked if it was Elizabeth the K2 lit up a little. But when we used her nickname Bessie it really went off. So, we have reason to believe the photos are of Charles and Bessie."
Mr Green said he also had positive responses when asking about Stonehouse Kate (Katherine who used to work there) and about the alleged hanging.
"We spent five to ten minutes focusing on the coachman who hung himself," he said.
"We got a bit of a response but it's hard because you really need names or more specific information.
"It could be here-say or there could be some truth to the tale.
"The more times we go back and keep trying the spirits will get used to us and will have more of a chance to use their energy to make themselves known."
The owners have invited the South Burnett Paranormal Team back to conduct another investigation in the coming weeks.
"I've just purchased a couple of new ghost toys to play with and have a few new techniques to try," Mr Green said.
"We've got to keep trying new ways of connecting with the spirits, and now we know it's predominantly Bessie and Charles we should get more readings.
"Once we've got more research too, we should be able to try more to connect and get more evidence."
Stay tuned: South Burnett Times Journalist Madeline Grace will be going along to cover the next Stonehouse Moore paranormal investigation in the next month.
If you have any information or would like to get in contact with the Eastwoods, contact journalist Madeline Grace on 4162 9711, or email Madeline.Grace@southburnetttimes.com.au.
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