North Kapunda Hotel, Sat 4 Mar.
If you are interested in our states colonial history (and where the ‘riot act’ was read out loud for the first time in Australia) and you have a penchant for the paranormal, then the North Kapunda Hotel and the Ghost Crime Tour will greatly interest you. After a brief talk and introduction to what we were to hopefully experience later, we were taken on a short walking tour of the town. Here we learnt further stories of the crimes committed in the area surrounding the pub, and with 22 pubs in town at Kapunda’s busiest during the mining boom, it is no real wonder that there were some real shenanigans going on in the dark.
In reflection of the night, I am reminded again that I should be grateful for the comfy bed (that I don’t need to share with five other smelly miners) and reasonably easy life I have compared to these men and their ladies of the night that frequented this town and the pub in years gone by.
Mel, our guide tonight, who, although a little nervous as she is new to the tour guide gig, is just as obviously passionate about the stories of the ghosts left behind, the pub and her town in general, was happy to chat about the stories and information that make up this tour and spoke of her own personal experiences with the hotel which made for interesting listening.
I also learnt this evening, that there are two types of ghost manifestations, one is a residual, like a recording or piece of event, almost like a memory, that keeps replying over and over again, and intelligent, where the vision is actually a spirit trying to communicate directly. Well, The North Kapunda is a hot spot for both, if the stories are to be believed, but sadly there did not seem to be any residual or intelligent ghosts for us this evening.
I did have one experience tonight that had me asking questions of our host soon afterward. We were asked to go in to a specific room and sit or stand in silence and wait to see if we could guess what happened to the lost soul in there… I left the room feeling a little worse for wear, but also managed to guess what the chap had died from, so maybe there is something to it after all?
Kapunda Ghost Crime Tour continues at North Kapunda Hotel from 7.15pm until Sat 11 Mar.
Book at FringeTIX on 1300 621 255 or adelaidefringe.com.au/fringetix. Click HERE to purchase your tickets.