History and Haunting of : Victoria Park , Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
Victoria park on the southern side of the street, the adjacent playing fields and the golf course opposite would have been filled with up to 5000 people milling about. you would have seen the whole spectacle lit with thousands of torches, car headlights, television lights and the hell fire glow of burning oil, spread over the small ornamental lake in the park. This was not a revolution or a religious rite - it was Brisbane's reaction to a reported sighting of the Ghost of Victoria park. On the previous Saturday evening two school boys walking through the pedestrian underpass beneath the railway lines that run through the park claimed that a ghost had come out of the stone wall of the underpass and chased them. They described it as a 'misty bluish white thing' that looked like a human torso with no head, no arms and no legs below the knee. One of the boys had to be treated for shock at nearby Royal Brisbane Hospital. All this was reported in the next morning’s newspapers and Brisbane was instantly plunged into the grip of Ghost Mania.
Every night thereafter for more than a week, huge crowds gathered in the park and surrounding area in the hope of catching a glimpse of the ghost. And what of the ghost? Was there one? Is there one? Well, observers in 1903 described it as looking like a 3 meter tall nun in a grey habit. in 1922 and 1932 it was described simply as a shimmering grey form. If we accept the school boys description in 1965 and assume it is the same specter, it seems she, he or it, has lost some bits between 1903 and 1965. Two theories were put forward in 1965 to identify the specter. One was that it was the ghost of a vagrant named Walter Hall who had been beaten to death with a bottle and his body dumped in the lake in 1952. The other suggested it was a Swede, Karl David Dinass, who was a suspect in a brutal murder case in 1960 and who committed suicide by throwing himself in front of a train near the underpass. Neither theory takes into account the earlier sightings of the ghost.
All has been quiet in Victoria Park for the past 30 plus years. Perhaps major renovations to the underpass in 1984 scared the ghost away or maybe its just biding its time and getting ready to make another appearance.