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The ghost whisperers’ chatty dress

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Thanks to the residents for letting us on their property and thanks to Lynton Gale for the photos.

In January, I ran a competition to decide the ghost whisperers’ costume. Originally, I was trying to go for dresses inspired by the 1910-1930 era which was the start of the Brown Coal Mine and Yallourn. I couldn’t really find any, and none of the choices were from this time period. It’s tough to find dresses from 1910-1930, that isn’t a flapper’s dress – its way to cold to wear that in winter!.  I made up a competition and put it out to the people, asking for comments of the communities to pick their favourite.

The costume competition winner was Catheryn Thompson whose comments inspired the dress to speak volumes.

“This dress is school marmish with blood red flowers – the sense of controlled horror & femme fatale, will suit the haunted hills”

These comments captured my imagination as I appreciate the film noir genre where the femme fatale character emerged. Film noir has a particular look, using shadows to change the everyday into something, shady. It’s the genre of most old school detective movies, as they investigate the shady side and disclosed side of life.  Anyhow, how does all that relate to the ghost tour setup delivers this film noir look, while it’s a walking tour not a film. The elements of a film noir are all there as walk commences in the twilight setting the atmosphere, casting shadows on the otherwise beautiful town of Yallourn North. The stories shared throughout the tour, take us back in time and to the things we don’t really talk about as the history. You know, things the like the four skeleton’s found in a stones throw from Yallourn, the unsolved murders and the spirits unable to rest lacking justice. The tour covers the sly grog trade as well, according to an article by ancestory.com on Australia day, we like having criminals in our histories. The tour also covers creatures that were in Yallourn, like the Gippsland Lion. That’s the main elements of the ghost tour. Ghost tours don’t usually have a genre but, I would say most are a combination of film noir, horror, thriller and suspense.

“The controlled horror” I most certainly hope the horror is controlled. There are elements in the stories that may horrify people.

The dress has an aspect of looking like school Marm. Well, that comes with other aspect to ghost tours, history. To explore the spirits past some understanding of their life helps, which will be provided to you on the tour.

A later addition to the costume was a red cape

Congratulations Catheryn

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About Us

 

Haunted Hills Tours, is an up and coming Ghost Tour experience in Yallourn North, revealing ghost stories from the Brown Coal Mine and Yallourn Townships.      

Come and join us under the cloak of darkness to hear our tales of the history and the paranormal activity that occurred, way back when, in the townships and the surrounding areas.
The Ghost Whisperer (Tour Guide/Owner) is Tegan Dawson. Tegan Dawson is heading into her final year of university, studying professional communications. She has a passion for the underdog, story telling and a love of history, the strange, and macabre. She has attended many ghost tours. She enjoys telling the stories that we don’t tell. The stories that haunt us.
 We leave from the Lions Park on Reserve St, Yallourn North, Vic 3825 (there are loos there)
Haunted Hills Tours aims to create a must-see tourist attraction by providing quality experiences through oral story telling.Haunted Hills Tours vision is to grow in to a dynamic tourism business that contributes to the diversity of our area.Our core values are truth, revealing true historical events and genuine paranormal experiences. Creativity continuing to develop and push the boundaries to excel in experiential tourism. Respect is the platform that everything grows, from how the subjects of the story are handled through to the towns we tour. Haunted Hills Tours delight in historical research and hearing people’s experiences. We can cater for 30 people on a tour, this gives everybody the ability to hear the stories that haunt us. 
Bookings are essential to ensure your place. Please see our answers to frequently asked questions.

Ticket Prices:

$25.00
Concession: $20.00
(Concession means student, pensioner or child meaning persons under 18 years old)
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Contact details:

Tegan Dawson at hauntedhillstours@gmail.com
Phone: 0473945639

The ghost whisperer

Tegan Dawson is the ghost whisperer and researcher.

She has been on lots of ghost tours and loved them all.

She is interested in ghost stories and stories that aren’t usually told and celebrated. The people who get forgotten in a barrage of process, and in tumultuous situations.
I want to hear stories about real people, I want to tell stories about real people. We leave a mark on the world, there are things that are still not yet completely explained even if you don’t believe it’s spiritual.

This year she is finishing her third year at uni, and starting Haunted Hills Tours.