Tuesday, 17 April 2018

Haunted Henschke Cellars

Haunted Henschke Cellars

Henschke Cellars at Keyneton is a family owned wine making business that has seen six generations of the same family establish, and grow, one of Australia’s great, award winning wineries.

 The Winery and Cellars were established in the 1860s at Keyneton by Johann Christian Henschke.
Johann, born in 1803, had travelled to Australia onboard the vessel Skjold in 1841. His wife Appolonia and son Johann, both died onboard the ship and were buried at sea.
 He arrived in Adelaide with his two surviving sons, and settled in Lobethal, where in 1843, he remarried, and would have another eight children with his wife Dorothea.
He later moved to Krondorf, near Bethany in the Barossa valley. In 1863 he was able to purchase land in what later become the Eden Valley wine region of Keyneton. Henchke built a self-sufficient farm, and also planted a small winery.  He built, as part of that winery a small cellar into the side of the hill, which still stands today.

 I have been contacted by numerous people about a possible haunting at the old cellars, including contact by staff members, that have had, what they believe to be, a paranormal experience.
 It would seem some staff and visitors have experienced a ghostly female presence. The spirit of the woman has been seen not only in the cellars, but also in the purpose-built office block nearby.
 The spirit has been known to open and close doors, move objects, and cause paranoia.

Who she is, no-one can be certain.

If you have visited Henschke Cellars (or any of South Australia’s fabulous wineries) and experienced any paranormal activity, please contact me directly at eidolon@live.com.au or via the Haunts of Adelaide facebook page so these stories can be collected and investigated!

Tuesday, 10 April 2018

The Point Pass Pillager - The Adventures of a Boy Bushranger

The Point Pass Pillager - The Adventures of a Boy Bushranger

Eudunda, 1884, Matthias Weis, an almost 11-year-old boy, who had been adopted from the Adelaide boys reformatory school by Mr and Mrs Madel of Point Pass, became renown in the Eudunda region of South Australia as possible the youngest bushranger in South Australia’s history!

 Weis had not been a good boy before being adopted to the Madel family. He had spent many of his formative years in the reformatory for petty crimes, thievery and for threatening to kill his mother with a knife. Weis was well known by police and the local courts, and for his long list of previous crimes, had come to find himself in a reformatory.
 Before the time of his notorious crime rampage, it was thought that one day, if he didn’t change his ways, he would end up inside the Adelaide Gaol, or even hang from its gallows, such was his reputation!

In late July 1884, Weis had become bored with the home life of the Madels, and decided he needed some adventure in his life. He made his way into Point Pass township, and there stole one of Mr Woite’s best horses, saddled and bridled it, and then made off with the horse and a sheep dog.

Weis had been seen, and the local police were called. Constable Muegge set out on his horse forthwith, to try and chase the pre-teen down in the bush. Muegge, and several settlers from around Point Pass tried to chase the boy bushranger down.
Weis soon realised he was being chased, and rode the horse as hard as he could. He passed through the towns of Bundey and Scholmburg, only to be chased down by a local who had sensed something was wrong, but Weis had chosen an excellent horse, and soon out ran his pursuer.
That night, with no food or water, Weis set a small campfire and slept under the stars.

 That night, with no food or water, Weis set a small campfire and slept under the stars.
 The next morning, he awoke and started heading towards Bower, but Mr Woite, having heard Weis was in the area, had set chase, getting within two hundred yards of Weis. Wies’ horse was beginning to tire after being ridden so hard for two days, so to escape, Weis jumped off suddenly and fled into the bush.
 Woite tried to track him down, but the boy was too fast and soon lost his pursuer. Woite took his horse back to Point Pass and reported the incident to the local police. His horse that Weis had stolen was not in good condition, having been ridden flat out for two days, and with no food and water, the animal could barely walk back to its home.

Now on the run for a full two days and with no horse, Weis was forced to walk, something he hadn’t planned on, as he had no boots to cover his feet. He found his way to Robertstown, breaking into any houses he came across on the way and relieving them of food and water.
 In Robertstown, Weis, in broad daylight, walked up to the local hotel, and stole Mr Gosden’s horse and cart which was stationed outside. As he sped out of town, he threw the contents of the cart, mainly groceries into the street.

Weis rode the horse and cart hard and fast into the bush, but became unstuck when he crashed into a log, upending the cart, and smashing his head on the ground. He eventually got up and freed the horse from the remains of the smashed cart.
Weis then rode the horse bareback, but at some point, and for reasons unknown, left the horse to wander the bush, where it was eventually found by a small posse that had formed of locals, that were hunting Weis down.
By this time, now a full four days into his crime spree, the weather had became miserably cold, and Weis was dressed, still without shoes or boots, and in a very thin shirt, so the cold must’ve been playing a part in dampening his dreams of becoming a notorious bushranger.
 Hunger and thirst were also starting to play their role. Weis had stolen food from a few homes, but it wasn’t enough. He started making his way towards Robertstown again, where he broke into a house and stole all the food he could carry.

By the end of his first week of being a bushranger, Weis had become notorious in the area, and knowing that locals were on the look out for him, he found it very hard to find food to steal, so he made his way back towards Point Pass.
 There he snuck into the home of the Mabel’s, the family that had adopted him. He snuck into the kitchen and helped himself to some food, only to be caught by Mrs Mabel, who swiftly overpowered the boy and tied him in ropes – something none of the good town’s men of Point Pass or Robertstown had been able to achieve!
Matthias Weis, the almost 11-year-old bushranger, faced court in Eudunda in front of Judges Roberts and Applet. He was sentenced to 14 days gaol, and then sent to the reformatory, where he was to stay until he was 16.

..and thus ended the criminal career of  possibly South Australia’s youngest bushranger or did it?
The South Australian Police Gazette of January 18th, 1888 reports the following:

From H.M.C.S. “Protector” at Glenelg, January 2nd, 1888, Mathew Weis, age 14, 4ft 10inches, fair complexion, light brown hair, hazel eyes, scar from burn on leg (C.109)

Could “Matthew Weis” and Matthias Weis be one and the same?

Researched and written by Allen Tiller ©2018

1884 'THE ADVENTURES OF A BOY BUSHRANGER.', Kapunda Herald (SA : 1878 - 1951), 8 August, p. 3. , viewed 28 Jan 2018, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article106578975

South Australia Police Gazette Indexes, 1862-1947. Ridgehaven, South Australia: Gould Genealogy and History, 2009.

Tuesday, 3 April 2018

COCKBURN: A Murder of Crowe

COCKBURN: A Murder of Crowe

Cockburn is a small town in South Australia’s mid north, on the boarder of New South Wales. Cockburn is 50km’s west of Broken Hill and 462 Km’s north-east of Adelaide.
The little community began in 1886 after the South Australian Government struck a deal with the New South Wales government to exploit ore deposits in nearby Silverton, Thackaringa and Umberumberka.

The NSW Government turned the deal down, and local business identities instead, built their own line from Silverton to the SA border.

By 1892, 2000 people were calling Cockburn home, and the town boasted two hotels, a butcher, two general stores, schools and churches.

In 1929, Daniel Crowe, his wife Clara and six children moved to the small community. Daniel worked a shunter for the South Australian Railways Department, and lived in provided railway cottages in the town.

 Earlier in the year, Daniel and Clara lost their eldest son, Daniel Jnr. in accident at Peterborough.
Things had not been good between the couple since the death of their eldest son, and over time Daniel became suspicious that his wife was cheating on him with a man named Kennedy.

One-day Daniel wasn’t feeling good, and decided to go to the doctor at Broken Hill. He asked Clara to go with him and she replied; “Not on your life. I have too see a friend tonight.”
 Daniel replied; “I am nothing?”
To which Clara replied; “Yes. You are alright, but I think that I have met better!”

Daniel left to see his doctor in Broken Hill. On his way back into Cockburn he noticed Kennedy acting suspiciously, ducking and weaving through train carriages, as if trying to avoid him.
Daniel burst into his home and asked Clara; “What is the strong of this?”
 Clara screamed back; “Go to Blazes! Why did you not stay in Broken Hill, you’re not wanted here” and stormed off into the bedroom.

 The following morning, Clara, the 15-year-old daughter of Daniel and Clara Snr. awoke at 7am, she lit the fire in the kitchen readying it to make breakfast. Younger sister Kathleen, went into her mother’s room to rouse her. Suddenly a scream ripped through the house, and Kathleen came back in the room, and fighting through tears, said to her brothers and sisters “Mummy is dead!”
The night before, Daniel had stormed out from the house, and made his way to the rail siding, where he knew a bottle of Lysol was stored. He then made his way back to the family home, loaded his rifle, and snuck into the bedroom.
 He squatted at the foot of the bed, and shot his wife one time in the face, somehow not waking the entire household.

At 3:30 in the morning, he was seen by eldest daughter Clara, who had been disturbed by the sounds of something falling over, entering the kitchen and getting a bottle of beer, then muttering to himself “Now that’s done”, before exiting the back door of the house.

 Eldest Daughter Clara ushered her siblings off to a neighbour’s house and alerted police. They arrived and found Clara Snr. dead in her bed, 50 yards out from the rear of the house, they found the unconscious body of Daniel laying on the ground.
Daniel was taken away and placed in Parkside Mental Hospital in Adelaide, under suspicion of murder and of attempted suicide by poison.

He was questioned by police, but denied remembering anything to do with the incident.
Daniel Crowe faced magistrates at Gladstone Gaol, with his attorney’s issuing a statement of insanity as his defence.

The Jury hearing the case could not decide one way or the other over the charge of murder, so Daniel Crowe was left indefinitely in the Parkside Asylum. He died in 1962.

Cockburn is now a town of about 25 people, with one pub….

© 2018 Allen Tiller


1929 'COCKBURN TRAGEDY', News (Adelaide, SA : 1923 - 1954), 27 September, p. 11. (HOME EDITION), viewed 06 Jan 2018, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article129072651

1929 'COCKBURN TRAGEDY', Barrier Miner (Broken Hill, NSW : 1888 - 1954), 12 September, p. 2. , viewed 07 Jan 2018, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article46579207

1930 'COCKBURN TRAGEDY', The Advertiser (Adelaide, SA : 1889 - 1931), 13 February, p. 11. , viewed 07 Jan 2018, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article73795383

Cockburn Progress Association, 2018, Cockburn SA – Town History, Cockburn Progress Association, viewed 7 Jan 2018, http://www.cockburn.org.au/town-history.html

1930 'TRIAL OF D. B. CROWE', Barrier Miner (Broken Hill, NSW : 1888 - 1954), 21 March, p. 2. , viewed 07 Jan 2018, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article46571779

Tuesday, 27 March 2018

A Ghost in the Adelaide Central Markets

A Ghost in the Adelaide Central Markets

The Adelaide Central Markets began when a group of gardeners and farmers met at the site in 1869 to sell produce. A year later the market became official and housed between 50 to 100 stalls, selling everything from fish to hay.

 It wasn’t until the 8th of February 1900 that the first permanent building was erected onsite.
In 1925, after two decades of successful trading and growth, the City Markets suffered its first setback when a fire tore through the north eastern section of the markets, destroying the livelihoods of many traders.

40 years later the then “City Markets” were officially given the title of “The Central Markets”, this period also saw the first refurbishment of the markets, adding a new rooftop carpark.
In 197 a second setback occurred, when another fire burnt through much of the southern section of the market. This setback was a blessing in disguise, as it allowed refurbishments, restricting and rebuilding, which took until 1983 to be completed.

 Today the Central Markets are still just as popular as when they first started, featuring over 80 stalls.
In 2014, The Adelaide Central Market management released a security footage tape of what they allege to be a ghostly presence in the market. A security guard doing his usual patrol reported something unseen brushing against him, so the CCTV cameras were checked, and a ghost like image was spotted walking through the Markets.

The incident happened at the intersection where Market Plaza meets the Adelaide Central Market.
 Johnny Carbone, the security guard who experienced the sensation of someone going past him, and later filmed the incident via the CCTV monitor onto his phone, stated the following in an Advertiser article printed in 2014:

 “I came in early on a Wednesday morning about 3am,” he said. “As I was doing my normal patrols of unlocking the market, I felt like something went past and touched me, so I looked behind me and there was no one there."
“I was like, ‘You know what, I’m just going to check the camera’, and as I checked the camera I saw that light."
“I couldn’t believe what I was watching ... I was just rewinding the footage and thinking, ‘Is that really what I saw?’
“I actually ran back downstairs to see with my own eyes if anything was there, but obviously there wasn’t."
“I’m not a believer, but then it makes you think twice ... sometimes I think maybe there is something out there, but you just don’t know.”

Recently, this article resurfaced, and I decided to take a closer look at the video, making the following notes.

Take a look at the following photo where I have added two rings to highlight my points.

The red circle; note the light source that is constant in this portion, and would directly correlate to the light that shines not only on the grill, but on the sign on the right, next to the white sign.

The purple circle; if you watch on full screen and look very closely, it appears the bottom of the grill/pull down door bends or arcs as the light moves across it, this would suggest, in my opinion, some video manipulation.

I have not personally spoken to Mr Carbone about his experience, very interested to hear him recount this event and any other factors missing from the original Advertiser news story.

What are your thoughts on the video? Real or fake?
Have you experienced a ghost in the Adelaide Central Market? Please feel free to comment on this story here on The Haunts of Adelaide, or over on our facebook page on the link below?

Researched and written by Allen Tiller.


Allan R & Mattsson D, 2014, The Adelaide Central Market releases never-before-seen security footage, which features an unexplained, ghostlike light, The Advertiser, viewed 12 Feb 2016, http://www.adelaidenow.com.au/news/south-australia/the-adelaide-central-market-releases-neverbeforeseen-security-footage-which-features-an-unexplained-ghostlike-light/news-story/5cd5c3e890f50f4ab488dfae6d6f3e07

Allen Tiller, 2016, Adelaide Central Markets, Haunted Buildings in Adelaide, Adelaide City Council: “History Hub” Adelaide City Libraries, viewed 5 Jan 2018, https://onecard.network/client/en_AU/adelaide/search/detailnonmodal/ent:$002f$002fSD_ASSET$002f0$002f1291669/one?qu=central+market+Haunted+Buildings+in+Adelaide+Residency+Collection&te=ASSET#

Adelaide Central Markets, 2016, The Market Adelaide Central Markets, , viewed 12 Feb 2016,  http://www.adelaidecentralmarket.com.au/marketmanagement/history/

5AA, 2014, PROOF OF ADELAIDE CENTRAL MARKET GHOST, Nova Entertainment, viewed 5 Jan 2018, https://www.fiveaa.com.au/show/proof-adelaide-central-market-ghost

Tuesday, 20 March 2018

The Court Case: The Murder of Hilda Jones.

The Court Case: The Murder of Hilda Jones.

Bruce Stapleton Neal, 19, was brought to trial for the gruesome murder of his girlfriend, Hilda Beryl Jones 16, on the 17th of March 1924 at her place of employment.

The Coroner included in his report that Ms Jones, affectionately known as “Bob” or “Bobby”, had a small gunshot entry hole at the base of skull. Her forehead was mostly missing, and her blood, bone and brain matter was scattered across the walls, ceiling and floor of the office.

The defense issued a statement that Mr Neal was an epileptic, and that when the gun fired, he was in the middle of an epileptic state and unable to control himself.

When asked by the court to enter a plea, “Not Guilty” came the statement from the defendant.
Defense attorney Mr Smith stated “If you remember the dangerous position of the Injury to his head. If you remember his fits and the circumstances surrounding them. If you remember the circumstances attending the murder of Bobby and his condition afterwards, it Is very-easy to take a backward view over his past life, and to say that these fits are epileptic fits.”

 Mr Smith exhorted, “Our only defense is a plea of insanity!”

 The jury retired, and after an hour returned with their verdict. “Not guilty on the grounds of insanity”.

 Justice Parsons, residing over the case, stated that, “In order with the Criminal Consolidation Act, he would order Neal to be kept in strict custody in the criminal ward of the Parkside Mental Hospital during the Governors pleasure.”

 Mrs Neal, who had been in the court room, and who had earlier given evidence in the case, fainted at the reading of her son’s sentence.

Hilda Beryl Jones is buried in the Glen Osmond, “Saint Saviour” Anglican Churchyard.

Researched and written by Allen Tiller.

© 2018 Allen Tiller


1924 'ADELAIDE MURDER.', Recorder (Port Pirie, SA : 1919 - 1954), 24 March, p. 2. , viewed 13 Sep 2016, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article102232120

1924 'CURRIE STREET TRAGEDY.', The Register (Adelaide, SA : 1901 - 1929), 29 May, p. 9. , viewed 01 Jan 2018, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article57389675

1924 'MISS HILDA BERYL JONES.', Observer (Adelaide, SA : 1905 - 1931), 22 March, p. 37. , viewed 13 Sep 2016, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article170493300

1924 'MURDER CHARGE.', Recorder (Port Pirie, SA : 1919 - 1954), 29 May, p. 2. , viewed 13 Sep 2016, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article96099690

1924 'MURDER TRIALS.', The Register (Adelaide, SA : 1901 - 1929), 27 May, p. 6. , viewed 13 Sep 2016, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article57389043

1929 'Obituary.', Chronicle (Adelaide, SA : 1895 - 1954), 11 July, p. 44. , viewed 01 Jan 2018, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article90051284

1924 'Hugged, Kissed, and Shot', Truth (Brisbane, Qld. : 1900 - 1954), 15 June, p. 5. , viewed 01 Jan 2018, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article198669988

Photo: 1924 'MISS HILDA BERYL JONES.', Observer (Adelaide, SA : 1905 - 1931), 22 March, p. 37. , viewed 01 Jan 2018, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article170493300

Tuesday, 13 March 2018

The Confession of Herbert Stapleton Neal: The Murder of Hilda Jones.

The Confession of Herbert Stapleton Neal: The Murder of Hilda Jones.

“About 1.15 P-m. I left work, taking the rifle with me. Before I left Bickford’s I placed five cartridges in the magazine.
I went outside and stood on the front doorstep for a while. I looked up at West’s window, and Bob beckoned me to come over.
 I went over, and was standing near the stairs. Bob came up to me, and I said “Hello! How are you?” She replied, “I am all right”.
I said, “that’s good.”
The I put my arm around her and kissed her.
We stood talking for some time. I cannot remember what the topic of conversations was. After I had been there for a while, the other girls went to dinner, and left Bob and me in the passage together.
 I like Bob very much, and she returned the affections.
 I don’t quite remember what happened.
 I think I must have been frightened at the thought of our being parted, because we were so attached to one another, and I must have been so alarmed at the thought that I might lose her that I must have at the moment lost my head and thought that it would be better if it were impossible to part us.
I have a recollection of firing the gun. I don’t know how many shots I fired, but I believe I fired only one.
 After that I don’t remember anything much, except that there was a lot of blood standing about. And I think someone asked me my name, but I could not speak.
When I fired the gun, I saw her fall, and blood came from her.”

The statement concluded:

“I am not sorry for what occurred. But I don’t know what possessed me to do such a thing, because we were very friendly. And had been for ab out 28 months. I was very much in love with Bob, and I didn’t want else to have her.”
 (Bob was Hilda’s nickname).

Continued next week

© 2018 Allen Tiller

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Tuesday, 6 March 2018

Hugged, Kissed and Shot: The Murder of Hilda Jones.

Hugged, Kissed and Shot: The Murder of Hilda Jones.

“Even as he kissed her ruby lips his teetering brain gave finally away,
And, a wreck at random driven, without one glimpse of reason or of heaven 
He raised his deadly rifle, raised it so that none should have her,
She never spoke, poor child.

 The smile faded from her eyes with the crumbling of her skull, 
shattered by that awful bullet, as she fell a maimed and bleeding thing upon the floor,
while he, ghastly, staring, stood over the body, 
waving intruders aside, until at last, the policeman came, and he swooned off in their arms.”
 - Truth (QLD newspaper) 15 June 1924.

On the 17th of March 1924, Hilda Jones went to work at her job at the offices of Mr W.A.A. West, Estate Agent and Horse Racing enthusiast, where she worked as a typist. The office was situated on Currie Street in Adelaide.

That same morning, Bert Neal arrived at his job at Bickford and Sons, Limited Wholesale Chemists on Currie Street. He arrived at 8am, and it was noticed straight away by his work mates, that he had with him a Lee Enfield Rifle.

Neal was known for his negative attitude, often coming across morose or depressed, and this day his co-workers noted his disposition as “unusually quiet”.
During a break, Neal made his way to Bank Street, where he stopped into a gun dealers shop and purchased 30 cartridges for his rifle.

 Lunch on Currie Street occurred for Ms Jones at 1:15pm, and on this fateful day, she found her boyfriend, someone who visited her home frequently, and who loved her very much, in the Currie street offices where she worked.
 The two were seen together talking at 1:20pm, but for the next half hour, only Hilda and Bert know what happened.

At 2pm, Mr West accountant, Mr Young, who was in his office, heard a loud crack as if from a rifle. He ran into the hallway and saw Neal, standing at the door of the office, with a rifle in his hands.
 Young asked Neal what was going on. Neal did not respond, instead, he waved frantically not to come near him, so Mr Young, ran out of the building to find a police officer to help.

 Only minutes later, Constables Easton and Stewart arrived on the scene. They headed towards Mr West’s office, and saw Neal standing in the doorway, rifle in hand. Neal dropped the rifle, and collapsed. He was taken to the Adelaide Hospital by the Constables for examination, with his only comment being “I am tired”.

Continued next week.

Researched and written by Allen Tiller.

© 2018 Allen Tiller

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