Written by Tina Leverton
On the 4th February I was asked to assist the lovely Beth Luscombe of Access paranormal at the first Quantum states paranormal/ Oz Paratech investigation at Quarantine station in Manly Nsw Australia. For those whom don't know about the Q station and its history it was used as a place to quarantine passengers coming to Australia. Passengers would have to wait a mandatory ninety days without any signs and symptoms of illness before they were allowed passage into Australia. Once arrived and disembarked from their ships passengers would have there bags steamed in very high temperatures inside giant ovens to rid them of any parasites and bacteria's that could have potentially clung to them. And if you think that is extreme there's more, the passengers would have to endure an acid shower before they were allowed to continue within the quarantine station itself for their stay. Pretty crazy right? But that was what had to be done to enter so of course you did what they asked.
Back to the story ... Beth was the guest investigator for the first paranormal investigator tour at Q station run by Anne and Roman. We arrived early to meet the rest of the team for the night which was Renata Daniels of Newcastle ghost tours and discussed the plan of action for the tour and what experiments Beth would be running during the tour. After a quick dinner and set up we met the guests by the wharf and once assembled we continued on to the laundry quarters to do the introduction and safety talks. Here all guests were separate do into small groups for the night and equipment was divided out and explained. Roman being the tech guru gave great explanations and theories on how and why we use what we use in the paranormal community.
First stop was the doctors and nurses quarters/hospital wing where Beth started her experiments with sound. Two small sound clips were played (about two-four minutes long) first of people walking around a hospital and ambient noise common of a waiting room, second was of a woman in pain ending with a large scream. Here guests reported activity such as footsteps, smells of bleach and urine and feelings of in easiness.
Next stop was the grave diggers cottage and a more Victorian approach along with another sound experiment. This time the sounds were a grand father clock ticking and wind blowing through a house, the hands on part of this stop was table tipping, pendulum use and dowsing rod divination. While these produced some very interesting responses the table tipping was the biggest hit with the table not only tipping in time with response to questions but also holding angles.
The final two places were the morgue and the shower block. The morgue well piled in where possible and used a sound experiment to hopefully stir those whom were their in spirit if possible to communicate with us. A brave Corrine McCarthy climbed aboard the slab and used instruments as means of communication through touch, after not much time had passed she began to report feelings of being touched on the leg and on the rib cage which quickly escalated to feeling as though she was restricted from breathing and needed to end the self trigger object experiment. Finishing in the shower block was a great idea as it has the creepiest feeling to begin with (reports by guests) and with sound experiments running of a large group of men having a fight within a shower area( voices echoed as though it were). Guests reported experience like being toughed, feelings as though they were being watched, hearing strange noise and seeing shadow play occur. The night concluded with small groups or individuals completing a walk through of the shower block alone and experiencing it for themselves (about five minutes).
All in all the night was a huge success and every guest left with an experience or a great memory of their time that night as paranormal investigators completing their investigations at Manly quarantine station. If your interested check out Anne and Roman of Oz Para Tech for dates or if you want a more private tour grab six friends and have yourself a great night investigating. If your in the Newcastle area/s check out Renata Daniels of Newcastle ghost tours and her very large catalogue of venues to investigate and lastly check out Beth Luscombe at Access Paranormal for opportunities to learn about the paranormal, have open discussions about the paranormal and access information in the field about teams and tour groups that exist.