Paracon Australia 2014

For those of our followers who live in Australia, the 2014 Paracon Australia will be held May 10th and 11th at the Maitland Gaol. More information can be found on their official website Paracon Australia 2014.

If anyone goes, please write in and let us know how it went. You can either comment on this post or send in an email (thewitchinghour@mail.com) and we’ll post your story here on the blog.

Kapunda, South Australia

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Nestled in the southwestern area of the state of South Australia, lies the town of Kapunda. The town was founded after two men who ran sheep in the area discovered copper ore in 1842. The two bought 80 acres of land around the discovery and set to work mining the copper. Fine marble was also quarried from nearby areas adding to the town’s wealth. The marble quarried from Kapunda was used to face the Parliament House in Adelaide. With the copper veins tapped out, Kapunda’s main industry are cereal grains and the area also contributes to the wine-growing industry.
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Picton, New South Wales, Australia

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The history of this small town 80 km (50 mi.) southwest of Sydney reaches back into the late 1700s. Europeans settled this area near the coast, but it remained outside the legal settlement boundaries until 1821. Right around that time, the governor of New South Wales authorized the building of the Great South Road which opened the door to the region and settlement quickly followed. The first land grant was given to Henry Colden Anthill who established a 2,000-acre property.

Though the town is young, it’s claimed to be the most haunted town in the whole of Australia.
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Australia’s Hanging Rock, Not Haunted?

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I came across a story at Castle of Spirits, a popular ghost story website with Australian origins, about Hanging Rock. More specifically, about the mystery and controversy over the truth over author Joan Lindsay’s 1967 novella Picnic at Hanging Rock.

Picnic at Hanging Rock tells the story of a group of college girls who go on a picnic to Hanging Rock on St. Valentine’s Day 1900. Three of the girls and one of the professors go missing, and it is nearly a week before one of the girls is found. Though, what happened to the rest of the women who disappeared, no one knows. At least, that was the mystery the author was trying to portray. The author, at the publisher’s behest, left out the final chapter of the book. Continue reading