This year, I launched the first Yallourn North Ghost Tour on the a stormy moody Firday the 13th of February, the first for the year. This November is the third Friday the 13th for the year. I’ll have completed my fourth exam early that day, and be ready to immerse myself and you, in the tales of the paranormal in Yallourn North. What a way to wind down with completing my third year of university and running a business that is getting quite a buzz.
I was thinking that my luck had run out when I saw the exam timetable posted and my last exam for Friday the 13th of November, when earlier this year I’d plan to run tours every spooky day in 2015.
Some of the things I uncovered about the beliefs around Friday the 13th are listed below.
Did anyone change their bed today? The lore says you will have bad dreams.
Did any cut their nails today? The rhyme says you cut them for sorrow.
Did anyone start a business on Friday the 13th? Oh me. They say, I’ll have immense bad luck, collapse and bankruptcy.
In 1306 the Knights of the Templar were rounded up on a Friday the 13th, they were tortured.
In simple numerology, 13 isn’t placed on room numbers, floors, street numbers, aisle numbers (especially on planes) or building numbers.
Some of the lore around this is that in Rome, a gathering of 12 witches was normal however if a 13 appeared the 13th witch would be considered the devil.
If you like simple numerology Jack the Ripper had 13 letters in his name as does Charles Manson and other infamous people, it’s said to be the devils luck, it is interesting that fluffy bunnies also has 13 numbers and in Australia we sent out rabbit hunting parties regularly, in the 90’s we poisoned them with myximotisis they really had the run of devils luck.
In Yallourn, 1953 there was a terrible explosion at the briquette plant, the cause wasn’t known. 1 person was killed and 13 injured.
The worst event that struck this area on a Friday the 13th was in 1933 on January Friday the 13th. A fire raged across the state, it killed 100 people. One of those people were from the Yallourn district trying to flee the fire, he realised he couldn’t out run the flames and threw himself into a ditch. Where he was found later, dead.
The complete outfit for the tour guide Tegan Dawson of Haunted Hills Tours is pictured above. An addition to the costume in May was the red cloak, this was good for dealing with the chill, and added an extra dimension to the costume in addition to the chatty dress. It adds warmth and flair, the breeze using it and making it dance to its own rhythm. The cloak is less chatty and brings a sense of movement and drama.
See our upcoming tours:
See our past tours (the red cloak is in some of them):
Gallery of the Haunted Hills Tours guides costume photo shoot
Coalies is the name the people who used to live in the Brown Coal Mine call themselves. It’s annual catch up of reminiscing and visiting the place they call(ed) home.
We’d love to meet some of the Coalies, hear their reactions to the tour.
Yallourn North Ghost Tour
Haunted Hills Tours is running a ghost tour in Yallourn North on Coalies Weekend the 7th and 8th of November at 8pm.
The format is a walking tour of Yallourn North, going to public spaces that have a tragic past and there are spirits remaining. It also covers a places we cannot walk too. Yallourn North is a lot older than it looks. There are quite a few ghostly tales, we walk for about five minute intervals between stories.
Join us for a guided walking tour back-in-time a chance to experience history, the paranormal and bizarre. Be drawn back with tales from Yallourn, Brown Coal Mine and the evocatively named Haunted Hills.
Duration: 1 hour and half
Tickets $25 ($20 concession)
Family rate available
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Next tour: Friday the 13th of November 2015, at 8pm
The Latrobe Valley is a great place to live and visit, we have stunning bush, filled with geological beauty, waterfalls and wildlife.
It is a regional city, with lots of opportunities for shopping. Or explore our arts – at the local theater or galleries.
The Latrobe Valley is rich in stories, which Haunted Hills Tours loves telling because they speak so much about where we came from and who we are.
Yallourn North, our debut has been most welcoming and accommodating, they’ve even invited us to run a Christmas Light and History Tour during their 12 day Christmas Festival. We’re delighted to be part of it.
The August, Yallourn North Ghost Tour coincided with super moon. It was incredibly atmospheric, with an intimate crowd, a great night for a walk. Yallourn North was likened to Sheffield a small town in the UK.
Thanks to Michael Spisto for the following photos. He has a radio program on Gippsland FM “Catching up with South Africa” every second Sunday evening at 6:30pm-8pm:
All Hallow’s Eve, the day before the Day of Dead. Are you brave enough to tread where life has left and all that remains is a residue?
Yallourn North has a number of places paranormal activity is reported, is this the night the barrier between the living and dead is weakest? See our past ghosts here.
Join us on a walking tour of Yallourn North exploring the paranormal places and stories.