Fremantle Arts Centre – Paranormal Activity

Fremantle Arts Centre - Paranormal Activity

This article will be covering what many people refer to as ‘the most haunted building in Western Australia’ – the Fremantle Arts Centre.

Originally used as a overcrowded and underfunded psychiatric hospital, this location seems to be a hot spot for paranormal activity…


Convict Establishment Lunatic Asylum and Invalid Depot

Quite a mouthful, isn’t it?

Yet this was the original title given to the Fremantle Arts Centre back in 1864. It was set up out of necessity, as the original asylum was completely outdated and overflowing with unfortunate patients.

It has been reported that some of these patients, ended up in the local prison system, as this was the only way the local authorities could give them a bed!

Convict Establishment Fremantle Lunatic Asylum and Invalid Depot

It was originally set up to house no more than 50 patients, but it was soon expanded to accommodate many more inmates.

It is thought that the building had to expand during the gold rush of the 1890’s – eventually taking in prostitutes, the elderly, and minefield workers who were suffering from extreme sunstroke.


The Death of Catherine Clifford

The building hit the headlines in Australia for all the wrong reasons, in the year 1900.

A woman named Catherine Clifford ended up in one of it’s rooms after she had gone missing for days, and seemed to be a little confused when found.

On September the 25th, Mrs Clifford’s husband visited her and found her in a terrible state. She had been beaten severely by the patient who shared a room with her.

Three days later Mr Clifford recieved the following telegram:

“Your wife died this afternoon reply re burial” J.W. Hope, acting superintending medical officer.

There was total confusion over her death – some people believed that she had died when falling down the main stairs in the building…whilst many others believed she died as a result of her injuries from the beating.

The Death of Catherine Clifford

The authorities finally got involved and found out that the patients in the asylum were living a miserable life – it was completely overcrowded and in some cases, over 17 people were stuffed into one room!

They also uncovered information on another suspicious death that had taken place there, and decided to close the facility.

It took several years to relocate all of the unfortunate inmates.

The building was set to be demolished, but instead ended up being turned into a woman’s home in 1909.

In 1955 it was refurbished and given a new purpose – the The Fremantle Arts Centre.


Paranormal Activity

The large amount of paranormal activity that takes place in the centre is attributed to the suicides and suspicious deaths that took place when it was an asylum.

Cold spots are commonly felt, sounds of crying, laughter and yelling have been heard on occasion.

There have been several reports from visitors who claim that they have been tenderly kissed on the cheek whilst walking through the first floor (the main floor that seems to attract the most reports of paranormal activity).

The most famous apparition at the centre is that of a woman who lived there after her daughter was kidnapped.

She became heavily depressed when the authorities failed to locate her child and committed suicide by throwing herself through the first floor window.

Numerous reports claim to have seen this ghostly woman walking through the halls of the building, searching in vain for her missing daughter.

If you have any thoughts or opinions on the paranormal activity linked to the Fremantle Arts Centre, please leave them in the comment section below.

The Visions of Oakabella Homestead

The Visions of Oakabella Homestead

This article will be taking a look at the strange visions the current Oakabella Homestead owner had before she purchased her dream property…and the ghosts and spirits that still reside there…


Dreams Can Come True…

The current owner of the Oakabella Homestead had spent over forty years dreaming about a white house that sat in a hot and dusty area. These dreams were actually giving her a glimpse into the future – visions of a house she would own outside of Geraldton, Western Australia.

The decades of strange dreams took place when she was living in Canada, but in 1989, she decided to up roots and move on to Perth, Australia.

During the first few months of her new life in Perth, the dream became more vivid – much stronger and much more frequently.

Dreams Can Come True...

One day she decided to take a short road trip with one of her new Australian friends…and she was shocked to end up at the front door of the house she had been seeing in her dreams, for over four decades.


Oakabella Homestead History

The Homestead was first established by a James Drummond back in 1851…but it did not go down well with the local indigenous tribes.

The property ended up being built on one of their important religious sites –  and they were not going to sit back and let that happen, without a fight.

It wasn’t long before a full-on local war broke out between the natives and the pioneers. The indigenous population lost the fight, and also lost of large number of their tribesmen in the violence.

The Oakabella Homestead eventually went through several owners before William and Amy Jackson purchased the property in 1910. They opted to use the land for simple farming chores, and also bred horses for the British Army in India.

Oakabella Homestead History

History tells us that the Jackson family suffered from numerous child deaths over the decades, due to disease and freak accidents.

In 1973, George Jackson met an untimely end when he sat down to clean his gun…which went off accidentally, and killed him.

The property was eventually closed for refurbishment in 1995 and then opened again to the public in 1997, for tours. During the refurbishment, workers at the property found cat bones in the door and window frames.

These animal bones are apparently an old fashioned way of warding off demons and spirits.

The current owner of the Homestead has gone to great pains to keep the property as authentic as possible – numerous artifacts of 1800’s pioneering life are still on display there.

The Portal of Spirits


The Portal of Spirits

Many of the locals to the area believe that the Oakabella Homestead is a portal for the spirits – it is somewhere they can meet and appear to the living.

Numerous visitors have reported coming face to face with the ghostly figures of past owners, and children frequently claim to have met with the spirit of a little boy.

The current owners believe that the loudest, and most active spirit at the property, is that of George Jackson. They believe his ghost is behind the frequent banging sounds inside the Homestead’s walls.

The Yamaji people are the original owners of the Homestead’s land, and they point out that there were ancient spirits linked to the landscape, many centuries before the property was built. They also believe that these spirits have the power to influence your dreams…

If you have any thoughts or opinions on the Oakabella Homestead, please leave them in the comment section below.