Spring Heeled Stephen
The Ghosts of Gawler
In 1941 Gawler , Angaston and the Gawler river area were under the intimidation of a particularly violent ghost, who was making itself known to young women and children in the area.
Making his first appearance at Gawler River in a lonely farmhouse, the ghost “played spooks” around the outhouses of the farm until he awoke a young farm hand who chased him down and threatened to hit him, the ghost duly melted away into the night, but he returned later and was found in the house after a number of children woke screaming. He jumped through a window to make his escape!
Spring-heeled Stephen's next haunting was at parkland's in Willaston, just north of Gawler where he chose to attack more young ladies who were out enjoying the evening. Reports of his ghostly attacks grew and grew, and soon the young ladies of Gawler and Willaston were too afraid to go out at night.
The ghost soon appeared at another well known haunted location, the Old Spot Hotel in Gawlers main street. A young lad, who was sleeping in his cot outside was seized by the ghost and violently dragged out of bed. The boy, yelling and fighting woke his father, who looked for the attacker, but found nothing.
Spring-heeled Stephen made many appearances around Gawler in 1941, and we will look further into his “attacks” in a later blog
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