Friday, 16 December 2016

Haunted Buildings in Adelaide

Tuesday, 22 November 2016


G'day loyal readers of The Haunt of Adelaide, 

 For the past four years I have presented, on a weekly basis a story about Adelaide, or somewhere in South Australia that features a paranormal, crime, weird, ghost or historical theme.
 As some of you are aware, I have changed the direction of my writing to include of all Australia and New Zealand, not because I have run out of stories about Adelaide, but because I want to broaden the blogs appeal.
 Rather than dilute this blog with Australian stories, I have decided to keep it "as is" and maintain its integrity as South Australia's leading "paranormal blog", so instead of posting the new "Paranormal Down Under" blog posts here, they will appear on a new blog over on Tumblr
you can find it here:

From time to time I will post new Adelaide-centric stories here on this blog, but they wont be at weekly intervals as before... but for now, I am taking a little break from writing as I work on other projects that are taking shape for 2017.

For those of you interested, Haunting: Australia is going to re-air from December 3rd on Syfy Australia at 8:30pm - it'll be weir to watch thinking the narrator David Ritchie, and my buddy Gaurav Tiwari have passed on to the other-side now, may they both rest in peace, and not be forgotten!

Until next time
Happy Hauntings
Allen Tiller

Tuesday, 15 November 2016


This week I thought I might take a different approach and discuss some of the classifications of Apparitions.
What is an apparition? defines the word as a supernatural appearance of a person or thing, especially a ghost; a spectre or phantom; wraith:”

Crisis Apparition:  A crisis apparition are visions of a person, who may be under duress or undergoing a crisis. They can involve death, severe injury or severe illness.
These apparitions are extremely common but very hard to verify, as one has to “be there” at the right time to see them. It is believed by some in the paranormal community that the “sender” of the apparition, the person under duress, “sends out” a ghostly image of themselves telepathically to a person, or people, who they have had a close personal relationship with.
Collective Apparition:  This is a ghost or apparition witnessed by multiple people at once.
Death Bed Apparition:  These are the ghosts witnessed by people upon, or before the impending death of a loved one.
 Occasionally these apparitions are living people (*Bilocation), deceased loved ones or religious figures described by the dying person as standing beside or near their deathbed as they pass away.
Reciprocal Apparition:  These are a type of apparition where both of the “ghosts” are actually still alive when they see each other, and both remember the details of their spectral meeting. They are considered very rare.
 There is speculation that they can occur from extreme emotional states such as loneliness or worry, or missing each other so intently, that both parties manifest before each other.

Reincarnation Apparition:  These are apparitions that can appear in dreams to a family member, indicating that the “apparition” or soul, will be born into the family of the dreamer in the near future.

Religious Apparitions:  Apparitions of important religious figures are common place across the world. These apparitions can be omens for change, for disaster or for comfort.

Verdical Apparition:  These are apparitions that can convey verifiable information to the witness. For example, they may deliver a message such as “My body is buried in the place marked X”, and in fact, their body can be found in the spot stated.
 They may also appear in the act of dying their own death, which is verifiable via newspaper stories.
Often these apparitions are residual in nature, but on occasion they have been documented as intelligent and interactive.

Written and Researched by Allen Tiller.

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Tuesday, 8 November 2016

Mr. UFO – Colin Norris

Mr. UFO – Colin Norris

30 Sept 1920 – 13 July 2009

 Colin Norris, known to the South Australian media as “Mr UFO” was a colourful and controversial figure in the South Australian paranormal community.
 Mr Norris fashioned himself as a “UFO expert” and could often be found at the forefront of any media presentation about the subject during the 1980’s and 1990’s, but his story began much earlier than that.

Mr Norris was schooled on the South Australian West Coast and eventually found himself a member of the RAAF based in Geraldton, Western Australia. Norris was employed as the turret gunner, positioned in the nose of a Liberator Bomber, stationed to patrol the South Pacific.

 It was during one of the World War Two routine patrols over the South Pacific that Norris experienced his first of many UFO encounters. Described by military personnel at the time as a “Foo Fighter”, Norris witnessed what he described as “flying disc of metallic colours, being brown with a purple U shape around its perimeter”.
 Another eye witness report often talked about by Norris was an encounter on the air force runway tarmac in which Norris described a flying disc hovering over him silently. The object beamed a blue light into his head, which left a scar on his head that Norris was eager to show off as “unexplainable”.

 Over the next decade Norris took a great interest in the large amount of new UFO sightings that were beginning to become a regular occurrence around the world. In 1957 he joined his first UFO research group “Australian Flying Saucer Research Society”, headed by Ufologist, Fred Stone.
 In 1962, Norris would take leadership position of Vice President of the group after the departure of Fred Stone.
 In 1965, Norris was invited to be a guest speaker at the Ballarat UFO conference where he delivered a presentation titles “History of UFOs”. Later in 1971 he was a guest speaker at the Australian and New Zealand Association for the Advancement of Science symposium on UFO’s.

 Norris claimed during the 1970’s that he was in contact with academics in the USSR, this brought him to the attention of ASIO.

 Norris became the highest profile South Australia UFO researcher during the 1980’s, which culminated with an appearance on the Mike Walsh Show on national day time television. His detractors often accused Norris of seeking publicity, but never revealing much detail about cases or sightings.

 Norris collected huge amounts of data on UFO sightings across South Australia, a collection that passed on to his son after his death in 2009. Norris was competent researcher, investigator and story teller, and brought the field of Ufology into the public forum with his own flair.
 His contribution to Australian UFO research, bringing UFO documentation into the mainstream and removing stigma, is undeniable and should be lauded by the Australian paranormal community, which tends to forget those that came before them.

 Vale Collin Norris,” Mr UFO” one of many pioneers of Australian UFO research

Written and researched by Allen Tiller


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Tuesday, 1 November 2016

Ghosts of the Port Walking Tour

  For some months now, my wife Karen and I have been working on a project for the City of Port Adelaide Enfield Council, a spooky ghost tour. The aim is get people back to the Port, hear some spooky stories, and learn some of the history of this amazing South Australian historical location.

 The following is from the  City of Port Adelaide Enfields Councils Website:

 Port Adelaide has a long and storied history, rich with intrigue, mystery and ghost stories.
The City of PAE has developed ‘Ghosts of the Port, a’ self-guided walking tour, researched and written by Australia’s most recognised paranormal investigator Allen Tiller.
Allen is the star of Syfy’s hit TV show, Haunting: Australia. He has been investigating the paranormal for over ten years right across Australia and is known for his unique and historically

factual approach to ghost hunting.
The guide includes a detailed history of 13 different haunted locations across the Port and their ghosts, including the Civic Precinct, local pubs, Lipson Street, the Lighthouse and more.
Allen has also created three short videos on key haunted locations in the Port which we will be sharing in the coming days. Today, learn all about the opera singing ghost in the old police cells which is now the Visitor Information Centre.

Why not head along to the haunted Visitor Information Centre during opening hours to pick up your free map and guide book, then go for a walk to investigate the ghosts of the Port for yourself! View the map here

So if you're into Spooky Things, the paranormal or just like to take a walk with a difference, this is the tour for you - and best of all, it's free!
 Just head on down to Port Adelaide during business hours and pick up a "ghosts of the Port Walking Tour booklet from the Port Adelaide Visitor Information Centre and go for a spooky walk about the Port, read about a Guardian Angel, A ghostly Madame, spirits of children...and learn what "crimping: is!!

See the first of three videos associate with the tour by clicking the link below.

I'd just like to take a moment to acknowledge all the people who assisted with the research of the tour, and with filming/photography and "being a ghost" for the Ghosts of the Port Walking Tour:

Ed Garner, Anne Mitchell & Local History Officer at the Port Adelaide Library, Meredith Blundell

Karen Tiller for being my Camerawoman, sound lady, makeup and collaborator!
Marilyn Hicks for amazingly valuable information and stories!
James Levett Photography for the associated photo shoot :)

Lorena and Dave Lyon, Lyn Mallet, Pavle Tipic, Joanne French, James Levett. Darren Davies, Karina Eames, James Larsen and The Tea Tree Gully Heritage Museum.
A big thank you to each and every one of you.
(apologies if I've forgotten anyone)
Allen Tiller