Did you know that in late 19th century Australia, ordinary people would dip sheets in toxic glowing paint and run around at night pretending to be ghosts?

Neither did we, but Chris dug up this oddball story from Jen’s home state of Victoria and was excited to tell Jen all about it! The story involves a angry mob chasing a preacher; a protective mom siccing her dog on a creepy dude; calls for vigilante justice; hallucinogenic moonshine and a “very fine” draper’s dummy; a lady dressed up in a glow-in-the-dark wedding dress and playing guitar on a rooftop, and more.
article called Thrashing a Ghost

Example of an article with illustration about a ghost hoaxer being thrashed in Connington near Perth, Western Australia, Sunday Times, 27 November 1898, p. 9. (from https://prov.vic.gov.au/ )

 
 

Sources

Podcasts

https://talesfromratcity.com/2017/09/23/episode-three-2/

https://talesfromratcity.com/2017/04/27/affairs-of-the-spirit/

Websites

The Atlas Obscura article

Article on Victoria government site 

https://www.abc.net.au/local/stories/2014/12/19/4151931.htm

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mohocks

https://www.pascalbonenfant.com/18c/clubs/jt_themohocks.html

https://prov.vic.gov.au/sites/default/files/files/media/provenance2014_waldron.pdf

https://federation.edu.au/news/articles/telling-the-tales-from-rat-city

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Capotain

Articles

 

Images Used in this Post

  • Example of an article with illustration about a ghost hoaxer being thrashed in Connington near Perth, Western Australia, Sunday Times, 27 November 1898, p. 9. (from https://prov.vic.gov.au/ )

 

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