Australia’s haunted Monte Cristo Homestead
It’s not so bad in the sunshine….
Rather lovely in fact. But the Monte Cristo Homestead is said to be the most haunted house in Australia.
The homestead/estate is located in the town of Junee in New South Wales. It was built by Australian pioneer Christopher William Crawley in 1885.
Mr. Crawley clawed his way up from a poor struggling farmer to a succesful local entrepreneur. He raised his family in this beautiful two-story home.
Mr. Crawley died in 1910. It is said that Mrs. Crawley only left the Monte Cristo house two times in the decades following her husband’s death!
The widow Crawley passed away in 1933 but the home remained in the family until 1948. The property was then left in the care of absentee caretakers and quickly fell into disrepair.
In 1963 the property was purchased by Reg and Olive Ryan who then spent the next few decades restoring the house to its former glory.
The original house, grounds and outbuildings now operate as a museum/tourist attraction.
Come have a look inside the main house….
The décor seems to be frozen in time, but the home was actually in complete ruins in the decades after the Crawley family left and it had to be totally rehabed. It seems that the caretakers during that 20 year period were derelict in their duties and vandals invaded and destroyed the house.
But you’d never know that from these photos.
A ghostly Mrs. Crawley – grieving and unsettled – is rumored to haunt the house. But there are also multiple reports of strange lights, disembodied sounds, and even unexplained animal mutilations on the property. *shiver*
These strange occurrences are attributed to several incidents that took place on the grounds including the murder of a former caretaker in the house, and the imprisonment of a mentally ill man for many years in the on-site dairy.
Also, a maid fell to her death from the home’s balcony; a boy reportedly died in a stable fire; and a child was apparently ”dropped” down the stairs in the main house and died.
This place is CREEPY!
You can take a room by room virtual tour of Monte Cristo Homestead when you click on the highlighted link.