Station Masters House – Peake
Back in 2010, I had the pleasure of visiting a friend (and team member at the time) down south near Tailem Bend. We visited many places during our travels, including Tailem Town, but we also stopped at the Station Masters Hours at Peake.
We had been made aware of the house by a local who had suggested it for a possible investigation site, and I thought whilst in the area I would look into too it. While the history was interesting, of which we will get to shortly, the site was not suitable for an investigation of any kind without a serious clean-up.
On our inspection we noted the large amounts of pigeon droppings inside, and one wall of the kitchen was entirely infested by swarms of bees.
Much too and fro-ing happened in the Eidolon Paranormal office, do we get in an apiarist to remove the bees, and clean the place ourselves, or do we not investigate at all, plus with no stories of a genuine haunting, only one of a death, was it worthwhile? – in the end, the distance to travel and cost of cleaning the site won out, and we let it be... Still, I wonder, if cleaned up (which would be a gift to the local Peake community) would something paranormal indeed be found in the Old Station Masters house?
Peake is a little farming community about 150 kms east of Adelaide, not far from Tailem Bend. It was first settled in 1912 and named after the State Premier of the time, Archibald Peake.
It was a major stopping point for rail in the area, being one of many stops for loading grain onto freight trains, and also a passenger stop for people getting to local farms.
The town itself was very smaller at the time, and remains a small town, with a population of about 200 people currently.
The Station Masters House was built in 1912, and used continuously until 1990. The last Peake Station Master was Jozeff (Joe) Suchon. Mr Suchon was 78 years old when he died on the kitchen floor of the House back on the 8th of January 1990.
Local legend has it that he was a very rude man, and one who did not take well to his neighbours and other townsfolk, with only one person in the town who would visit him, on a very irregular basis, delivering wood in winter.
Mr Sucheon died in the kitchen, it is presumed of a heart attack, after bringing in wood from the little wood shed at the rear of the house, he fell in such a way that the rear door could not be opened inwards.
His body lay on the floor for over a week, in the January heat before being found, one can only imagine the smell and the mess. This poor man’s body could not be extracted any other way, than to cut the lino floor around his remains, and lift him out, a very messy and distasteful job for anyone to carry out.
Today the house is part of a tourist walk through Peake, and the local tourist catalogue, even states the above facts about Mr Suchon's death, even mentioning the fact you can see on the kitchen floor exactly where the lino had been cut around his body to remove his remains... Rest in Peace Mr Suchon
© 2013 Allen Tiller
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