The Haunted Hotel of
Most of the town of Childers was ruined in a disastrous fire in
1902, destroying the building from what is now known as Dimmeys down
to the Grand Hotel. One building that survived was the Grand Hotel,
but in the years that followed, the old pub had its own share of
tragedy. A woman is believed to have hanged herself in one of the
guest rooms and a man was allegedly thrown from a landing and died
after he informed on an illegal betting ring.
Various publicans of the hotel are reported as saying their lives
were being disrupted by at least one ghost. Nicknamed `Luke' he
wanders around upstairs and down, opening locked doors.
A visitor to the hotel, while walking up the extremely narrow, steep
stairs leading to the roof was surprised to see scratch marks on her
legs, as if something had reached through the stairs and inflicted
One guest in 1997 was going up the front stairs, reached the first
landing and felt what she reported as `something'. She looked up
into the linen room above her and saw a man, dressed all in black,
turn of the century clothing. She felt no fear and proceeded to her
room, sat on the bed and said later that she had felt calm and not
at all threatened.
Many guests report that they have awoken in the middle of the night,
feeling that an arm was draped across their shoulders. There was
no-one else in the room.
At 4.30am one morning in August 2004 the publican, Dennis Corliss
and a maintenance man were working in the bar when they heard heavy
footsteps running down the front stairs and the stairs creaking.
There was no-one there and no-one had been staying in the rooms at
Chihuahuas belonging to members of the family have barked and
attacked an invisible thing at times, with the hair on their backs
standing up. Family cats have been sighted in the Hotel many months
after they had died.
Several guests over the years have booked into a room, only to pack
up and leave shortly after.
Then there's the matter of the lightning strikes which caused many
thousands of dollars worth of damage - exactly seven years apart -
in October 1997 and October 2004.