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Blackwood Hotel - May 3rd
Our next investigations here will be on May 3rd and June 7th.  Have you explored one of Victoria's most haunted hotels. Nestled in the Wombat state forest, the town of Blackwood has an interesting past from the early days of the Victorian gold rush until the present. This hotel opened in 1869, and quickly became the heart of the community, being the office for Cobb and Co, coroners court and even the town morgue. This building has seen more than it's fair share of death, and claims a number of resident ghosts, which makes it perfect to investigate.
 
Join the team at Twisted History for a meal at the hotel, before a tour of the hill top cemetery. Once night falls, we will return to the haunted hotel to investigate. Groups will be provided with Night Vision Cameras, Infrared Goggles, Laser Grids, EMF Detectors, Spirit Box, Motion Sensors and a range of other equipment. For information and bookings please call 1300865800.
 
Royal Melbourne Hotel - May 9th
Come and explore one of Melbourne hidden haunted treasures.
 
The Royal Melbourne Hotel was once the Bourke street West police station and lockup. Built in the 1850s to combat Melbourne's growing crime on the docks. The cold damp blue stone cells quickly become a hub of the under would hold bushrangers, gangster and painters and dockers before it closure in 1976. This building has seen more than it's fair share of death, and claims a number of resident ghosts, which makes it perfect to investigate.
 
Join the team at Twisted History for a meal, before we explore the world of the Paranormal. Groups will be provided with Night Vision Cameras, Infrared Goggles, Laser Grids, EMF Detectors, Spirit Box, Motion Sensors and a range of other equipment. Meal and dinner inclusive in the price. For information and bookings please call 1300865800.
 
Royal Melbourne Hotel - Cop Shop
Classic TV Drama, Cop Shop was a long running Australian police television series produced by Crawford Productions that ran for eight seasons between November 1977 and July 1984. It comprised 582 one-hour episodes. The show revolved around the everyday operations of both the uniformed police officers and the plain-clothes detectives of the fictional Riverside Police Station which was filmed at the Royal Melbourne Hotel in Bourke street West. After an eight-year run, the show completed filming its last episode on 22 December 1983 and the final episodes were screened in the first half of 1984. Cop Shop won many awards including Logie Awards for most popular series and most popular actors, with Peter Adams and Paula Duncan winning multiple times. The show also won a number of other industry awards.
 
Mother's Day at Geelong Gaol - May 8th
Looking for something with a difference for Mum this Mother's Day?
 
Why not bring her along to a Ghost Tour of the Gaol.  Be led by one of our costumed guide hearing of the funky history, prisoner conditions, executions and of course ghost stories that have taken place behind the walls of the most intact 19th century prison.
 
Or perhaps, if the paranormal is more to her liking, bring her on an investigation tour where she can use our paranormal equipment to try and make contact with those who may still reside behind these walls.
 
Gift vouchers are also available for both tours.  Call  1300865800 for more information and bookings.
 
History of Mother's Day
The concept of Mothers' Day was an idea by a young Appalachian homemaker, Anna Jarvis, who from 1858 had attempted to improve sanitation through what she called Mothers' Work Days. She organised women throughout the American Civil War to work for better sanitary conditions for both sides, and in 1868 she began work to reconcile Union and Confederate neighbours. Jarvis's ideas influenced suffragette Julia Ward Howe to call for Pacifism and Disarmament by mothers. Ward Howe proclaimed the first Mothers' Day in Boston in 1870, calling for it to be celebrated annually from 1872. Commonly, early activities involved groups of mothers meeting, whose common factor was that their sons had fought or died on opposite sides of the American Civil War. Julia Ward Howe failed in her attempt to get formal recognition of a Mothers' Day for Peace. Anna Jarvis' daughter, also named Anna Jarvis, was influenced by both her own mother's work, and the work of Julia Ward Howe. After her mother died, the younger Anna Jarvis started her own crusade to found a memorial day for women. The first Mothers' Day was celebrated as a memorial to mothers in Grafton, West Virginia, on the 10th of May 1908, in the church where the elder Anna Jarvis had taught Sunday School. After this, the custom caught on, spreading eventually to 45 states (and later other nations). Finally the holiday was declared officially by states beginning in 1912, and on the 9th of May 1914, President Woodrow Wilson declared the first national Mother's Day. Although Mothers' Day is celebrated by most countries on the second Sunday in May, much of South America, Bahrain, India, Malaysia, Mexico, Oman, Pakistan, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and United Arab Emirates uphold the tradition on May 10th annually. Various other countries honour their mothers at other set dates through the year.
 
Coming Soon - Murder in Mount Martha Event
Twisted History is very proud to present "An Evening with Janice Simpson", the author of "Murder in Mount Martha".  A book where history and fiction meet in a harrowing tale of what might have happened on that dark day on September 12, 1953, when the body of 14 year old Shirley Collins was found.
 
We will be presenting a dinner and evening with the author.  The night will consist of dinner at the Royal Melbourne Hotel in the old bluestone cells, followed by a talk on the crime history of Victoria and then the author, Janice Simpson will take the stage to talk about her new book.
 
Inclusive in the price is dinner, talk and a signed copy of the book.  Places are limited.  For more information and to book, please call 1300865800
 
Geelong Gaol Ghost Tours
Explore the Geelong's Prison of the Ill after dark and be haunted by stories of convicts, murderers and lunatics who once called this three story blue stone building home. The Gaol opened in 1853 and is the second oldest in Victoria. The tour will take you back to a time when the building housed male and female prisoners, as well as children from the Geelong industrial school. Stand on the Gallows where convicts have lost their lives or explore the prison hospital or be locked in the lost of privilege cell. Tours run 7 nights a week. 1300865800
 
Geelong Gaol Investigation Tours
Join the team at Twisted History for a Paranormal investigation tour of the three story bluestone building, known in Victoria as 'The Prison of the Ill', that once housed convicts and murderers in extreme conditions. Four men were executed on the gallows and one man buried within the walls. This building has witnessed scores of deaths, assaults and murders, which makes it perfect to investigate. Tiny cells, no toilets and freezing cold conditions made the Geelong Gaol a virtual dungeon till the day it closed in 1991. Groups will be provided with Night Vision Cameras, Infrared Goggles, Laser Grids, EMF Detectors, Spirit Box, Motion Sensors and a range of other equipment. Tours run 7 nights a week. 1300865800
 
Chinatown Murder Tour
Come and explore the dark lanes around Melbourne's Chinatown, the oldest Chinese community in the western world. Let the team at Twisted History guide you to opium dens, cocaine housese and brothels as we share stories of ghosts, murder and prostitution. From Squizzy Taylor to Chang the Chinese giant. You won't believe what has happened in just three blocks of Little Bourke St.  Tours run Friday and Saturday nights. 1300865800
 
Carlton Murder Tour
Join the team at Twisted History for a murderous night in Melbourne as we explore the dark and forgotten history of Carlton, the most violent suburb of Melbourne. This tour is a two hour driving tour of the streets and lanes of Carlton. See the locations of some of Melbourne's most infamous murders from Squizzy Taylor to the the Pjyama Girl. Hear the stories of the victims and find out what happened to those who took the lives of the innocent. Tour runs first Friday of the month. 1300865800
 
 
TOURS
Geelong Gaol Ghost Tour
Geelong Gaol Investigation Tour
7 nights a week!!
 
Chinatown Murder Tour
Friday and Saturday nights
 
Carlton Murder Tour
First Friday of the month or by appointment
 
Blackwood Hotel
First Tuesday of the month
 
GIFT VOUCHERS
Do you know someone who is hard to buy for, or a person that has every thing. Why not buy them a gift voucher for a Ghost Tour, Investigation Tour or a Murder Tour!! For more information and to order, please call 1300865800


 
Tuesday, 3rd May
 
Blackwood Hotel Special Investigation

Friday, 6th May
 
Chinatown Murder Tour
Carlton Murder Tour
Geelong Gaol Ghost Tour Geelong Gaol Investigation Tour

Saturday, 7th May
 
Chinatown Murder Tour Geelong Gaol Ghost Tour Geelong Gaol Investigation Tour
Geelong Gaol Escapes Tour

Sunday, 8th May
Mother's Day
 
Geelong Gaol Ghost Tour
Geelong Gaol Investigation Tour
 Monday, 9th May
 
Special Investigation - Royal Melbourne Hotel

Friday, 13th May
 
Chinatown Murder Tour Geelong Gaol Ghost Tour Geelong Gaol Investigation Tour
Geelong Gaol Deadtime Tour

Saturday, 14th May
 
Chinatown Murder Tour
Geelong Gaol Ghost Tour
Geelong Gaol Investigation Tour

Friday, 20th May
 
Chinatown Murder Tour
Geelong Gaol Ghost Tour
Geelong Gaol Investigation Tour

Saturday, 21st May
 
Chinatown Murder Tour
Geelong Gaol Ghost Tour
Geelong Gaol Investigation Tour

Friday, 27th May
 
Chinatown Murder Tour
Geelong Gaol Ghost Tour
Geelong Gaol Investigation Tour
Geelong Gaol Lockdown

Saturday, 28th May
 
Chinatown Murder Tour
Geelong Gaol Ghost Tour
Geelong Gaol Investigation Tour

 
COCKATOO IDENTIFIES OWNER
 
On this day ............ 27TH September, 1919    
 
The police of Bourke street West Watchhouse, Melbourne, vouch for this story about a cockatoo. Some months ago Mr Pearson, licensee of a South Melbourne hotel, reported the loss of the bird, which he valued at £50. On Friday a plain-clothes constable traced the bird to a house in Park street, Melbourne, and arrested a woman on a charge of having stolen.it. Then Mr Pearson was invited to the watchhouse to identify the bird. What happened in actual fact was that cockatoo identified Mr Pearson. As Mr Pearson entered the room the bird immediately recognised his former owner, shrieking excitedly. The cockatoo cried out, Hullo, Pearson! Bring a whisky and soda for cocky,' beating the sides of the cage in such a frenzy that the amazed police were prepared to believe that the bird had had one already that day
 
 
PREPARED COFFIN
 
On this day ............ 31st May 1943
 
Ernst Schneider, 83, who died at Dubbo, NSW, completed some years ago all arrangements for his funeral. He selected the casket, and even engraved the nameplate for his own coffin. The undertaker had only to insert the date of his death. "He was more concerned with the hereafter than this world," said a friend who knew him well
 
 
A BENDIGO GHOST
 
On this day ............ 4th September 1898

During the past ten days a "ghost" has been promenading the outskirts of Bendigo, much to the terror of the women folk, but the efforts to capture the perpetrator of the scare have been unsuccessful. One evening the contents of a shotgun were discharged at the jokist, apparently without doing any damage, and a couple of evenings later a plucky young woman threw a stone at him, and the "ghost" retaliated by brutally striking her in the face with his fist. About 2am on the 4th September 1898 a tramway employe saw a figure in white staring at him from behind a fence. The employe was armed with a revolver, but was too frightened to use it.

 
MAN HAUNTED BY GHOST

On this day ........ 4th September 1905

John Beckett, who was charged at the City Court on this day in 1905 with insulting behaviour, implored a constable to lock him up. He said that seven years ago he murdered a man named Small in Tasmania by striking him with a stick, and had been haunted by his ghost ever since. He said he had been tried in Launceston for the offence. Beckett was remanded for medical observation.
 
STRANGE DISCOVERY
 
On this day ............ 26th August 1905
 
A strange discovery was made on this day in 1905 by Mr. G. Williams, who it working up the bed of the Lerderderg river, finding, at a considerable distance below the surface, the skeleton of a horse. In the early days of Blackwood this was the crossing to Simmons Reef, and the story goes that a teamster attempted the crossing when the river was in flood, with the result that four out of six horses were washed away, and never recovered. Mr. Williams has doubtless unearthed the remains of one of the animals.