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Whether you believe or not, we've got some real ghost stories that are sure to give you a fright.


The Albany Convict Gaol is thought to be one of the most haunted places in Western Australia and for many who have been brave enough to visit, have reported having experiences that they . . .  could not quite explain.


Could it be the inmates, who once wandered the cellblocks or the most notorious murderer - Frederick Bailey Deeming, who was suspected by some to be ‘Jack the Ripper’. Deeming murdered his first wife and four children in England and his second wife in Melbourne, Australia.  He was captured in Southern Cross, Western Australia and whilst being transferred back to Melbourne, he spent a night at Albany Gaol. Is he returning with a message, for a chosen few?

At the Patrick Taylor Cottage, we can say for certain that there is at least one ghostly resident that seems to visit.  Believed to be the spirit of Major Frederick Ingoldby, who was a former tenant of the Cottage and passed away at the cottage in Septmber, 1942.  He returns each year around the anniversary of his death.


You never know what ghostly encounters and paranormal activity you will experience at the Albany Convict Gaol. It has been reported that unexplainable sounds from both visitors and the museum staff include wailing to taps and knocks, doors slamming shut with no draft, to tiny whispers and the sound of footsteps on the old wood floorboards.


The Gaol's Black Hole – a name given to the cell used for solitary confinement with no windows or light, once held up to 20 drunken soldiers at one time and they were kept in the ‘hole’ for 24 hours in which it is reported that up to three died.


A truly tragic story is of an Aboriginal woman in Cell 25 who lost her baby during childbirth, only to pass away herself.  Many have reported to hear a baby crying in the area and others have said to have heard her distraught sad sobs.


When entering the Gaol Museum, you may have an encounter with a black cat, walking by Room 5 and hear the faint sound of a purr or a slight rub against your leg.

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​While there are many haunted places around Western Australia, look no further than Patrick Taylor's Cottage. It is believed, that every September, the spirit of Major Frederick Ingoldby returns to the cottage around the anniversary of his death.

Major Frederick Ingoldby was a Boer War veteran and doctor and former tenant of Patrick Taylor’s Cottage. He passed away at the Cottage in September, 1942. Major Ingoldby was injured in combat, he appears dressed in his military uniform with his arm in a sling.

According to staff, the feeling of a continued presence and being watched is reported often. Staff have also found items that have been moved or knocked over and voices from other rooms, but only to find, no one is there.


Could it be the Taylor family checking in on their much loved Cottage?


The Haunted & Mysterious Albany

Ghosts... and things that go bump in the night!. Footsteps that are heard when no one is there. Taps on the shoulder or a push in the back by an invisible hand. Eerie black shadows, cold chills, unseen voices, objects that move around and disappear. Weird lights and strange aerial phenomena. 

These are all true local accounts and personal encounters with the paranormal, the uncanny, the unknown and the unexplained. From haunted houses, hotels and museums and other unsolved mysteries from Albany, Western Australia. 

Get your copy - before they disappear!

Kevin Gomm’s new book, Haunted and Mysterious Albany, details the spooky and ghostly side to Albany, and includes information about Albany Convict Gaol and Patrick Taylor Cottage.

The book is available to buy at the Albany Convict Gaol and Patrick Taylor's Cottage Museum for $20.00. Published by Digger Press.

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