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 It was set up out of necessity, as the original asylum was completely outdated and overflowing with unfortunate patients.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!
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 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.
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.
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