PARANORMAL INVESTIGATION: Spirits at Moore Stonehouse?
THE heritage-listed Stonehouse property in Moore has stood for the better part of 140 years, bearing silent witness to the deaths of three previous owners and numerous workers.
It was even believed to be the site of a hanging.
It's no wonder then that the current owners of the property have had to call in South Burnett Paranormal experts to investigate a string of spooky "coincidences".
John and Loretta Eastwood purchased the Stonehouse property more than a year ago on October 15, 2018.
Mr Eastwood said they had been warned multiple times about the presence of spirits while in the early stages of buying the property.
"When we bought it we got warned there would be ghosts there by the previous owners and the real estate too," he said.
"Then some other previous owners got in touch ...
"They said they used to regularly see Charles Williams sitting in the tea room."
The late 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.
Mr Eastwood said Robert and Emma both died at the Stonehouse, while Charles died on his way back to the property from Taromeo.
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 to be near Emma's grave 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. The Eastwoods are currently in the process of raising money to fix his headstone.
"My wife has seen the shape of something or someone moving around in the tea room here," Mr Eastwood said.
"At the time I remember she thought it was her daughter. But then we realised she was actually in another room.
"There's been a bit of that and a lot of noises at night and flickering lights."
Mr Eastwood said he hadn't seen any concrete evidence of spirits himself, however he was open to the possibility of sharing his home with the Williams family.
"With all of these stories and everyone claiming they've had encounters with the spirits, we decided to investigate," he said.
"There was also one particular rumour that intrigued me.
"Apparently the spirit of a past coachman is here. A lady who used to keep her horses here said multiple times she saw a bloke in an Akubra riding his horse across the paddock.
"The locals have all been saying that's the old coachman from here who hung himself on the Stonehouse grounds one evening.
"I'm searching, but still haven't found anything to sustain the tale. No evidence of a suicide here."
Andrew Green from South Burnett Paranormal has investigated the Stonehouse multiple times, and has the research to back his findings.
"When Andrew first visited he wasn't aware of the places history or the deaths here," Mr Eastwood said.
"The equipment he used picked up that there were spirits here. But that's it.
"He also recorded some conversations that apparently you can't hear with a normal ear, but only through a recording.
"He has also shared some photographs he took showing what could possibly be an entity of some kind. Or just a shadow."
After Mr Eastwood shared his extensive knowledge of the Stonehouse's history with the paranormal investigator, they decided to try again.
"After coming out to the grounds to investigate for a second night, Andrew has been able to tell us more," Mr Eastwood said.
"According to him, Charles is still here, Emma too, and of course Robert.
"He also picked up readings for a number of unknown entities.
"We're letting him sort through his findings and data for the moment. Hopefully we will know more soon."
In the meantime, Mr and Mrs Eastwood have been busy trying to uncover more of the property's history.
They hosted an open day recently and more than 500 people attended.
"The majority of them were descendants of the Williams who died here," Mr Eastwood said.
"They are all quite passionate about uncovering this story.
"We've also done a lot of our investigating through the Brisbane Valley Heritage Trails."
Mr Eastwood wants to continue investigating and asks for anyone who knows anything to come forward.
"Someone must have some old journals or photographs of the family lying around," he said.
"Or even just a connection and some knowledge.
"I'm very curious about the story of the coachman who hung himself too."
This story is the first in a series.
Coming soon: More history about the Moore Stonehouse, plus we have a chat with South Burnett paranormal investigator Andrew Green.
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.
Read our whole selection of stories about the South Burnett's urban legends here.