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OLD YORK HOSPITAL

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This hospital was built between 1894 and 1895 and opened in 1896.It still boasts a shingle roof and is interesting from the point of view the architect conveyed to avoid the oppressive nature of most institutional buildings of the time. The unusual roof line, the arches and the mock Tudor gables all give the building a comfortable domestic touch. It was built to accommodate the ever growing number of ill prospectors from the goldfields and soon became the major institution for the sick and infirm for the surrounding district, being self contained with it's own mortuary and surgery. It ceased to operate as a hospital in 1963.The buildings then lay vacant till 1976, when the National Trust acquired them for their preservation as an historic site. For the next 20 years this building was used by the Youth Hostel Association, during which time the buildings acquired a reputation for being haunted (Eyewitness Australian ghosts, by Miriam Howard-Wright 1980 'Holiday Nightmare'). Due to the expense of maintenance the Trust decided to sell the property, which was sold in 1998 to a private concern. In 2004 the old hospital was again sold to the present occupants. Due to the history of hauntings some experimental work, regarding the photographic recording of ghosts was carried out at York Hospital, during the latter half of 2002, with some amazingly consistent results, focusing on the ground floor ward room.

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The above photograph has the first unusual image which was taken in August 2002. This was during the second survey when six people were gathered in the ground floor ward at the end of a passage leading from the staircase, top right photo. An image was taken with infra-red film and exposed for 1 1/2 mins with an aperture of f2.8. A torch was switched on for 2 secs , see bottom left photo, vis the light on the ceiling. The strange light extending from the passage was not visible to the photographer at the time. The interesting thing about this light is the fact that it is so bright that it penetrates the edge of the frame. see bottom right hand enlargement.

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The top left hand image shows the main ground floor ward, with the door and fireplace as seen in the top right hand image. The situation relating to the right hand image is as follows:- The door is open( as in the left hand photo). There is a torch that is switched on next to the door, to the left, giving a bright beam next to the fireplace. The person to the right of the door has a small pocket penlight switched on to illuminate his face and camera. A hand held torch was shone at the ceiling for 2 seconds during the exposure of 1 1/2 minutes with an aperture of f2.8. The lower left hand and lower right hand images are enlargements of the top right hand photo. Infra-red film was used. The following points should be noted:- a) No one present at this gathering sensed, or could see anything unusual. b) Several of the people present and some of the objects seem to take on a transparency, indeed one person has seemingly totally disappeared, except for a left foot. c) The person on the right nearest the fireplace shows the top third of his body to be missing. d) The door at the far end seems to be raised from the floor, which is physically not the case. e) The second tripod seems to be standing with one leg right through the door. f) Finally there seems to be a large shadow in front of the fireplace. Subsequent tests with torchlight in the same area were unable to reproduce this effect.

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The top left hand image shows the main ground floor ward, looking towards the passage entrance. This flash photo was taken immediately after the right hand image had been exposed (1 1/2 mins @ f2.8), to illustrate the setup as it was when taking the right hand photo, which was the only photograph of interest taken that evening. The two lower images are enlargements of the upper right image. Points to note:- a) Darryl is standing behind the front tripod for 1 1/2 minutes. He appears to be transparent. The only light in the room at the time was the photographer's hand held torch, pointed at the ceiling, out of camera view, being switched on for only 2 seconds during the exposure. The rest of the 1 1/2 mins was in total darkness. b) There appears to be a third tripod behind the other two. c) A strange illumination to the right of Darryl is in the photo, which was not seen by either Darryl, myself (the photographer), or Stacy (the other person present). d) There appears to be reflections in the window, which is in fact boarded up, so no glass is showing that could reflect an image. e) The extra light in the room was not apparent to the three people present in the room at the time.

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The top left hand image is a view of the rear of the hospital, showing the balcony and staircase relating to the upper and lower wards. The right hand image was taken on the second visit in August 2002.This is approximately the same view as the left hand picture. 100 asa colour film was used on this occasion, with an exposure of 1 1/2 minutes, at f2.8 aperture. The only light noted at the time by the photographer(who was present during the whole exposure), was the illumination at the center of the building, which can also be seen in the left hand photo. This is a street light shining through a window in the lower ward from the front of the building. The lights down the stairs were not visible. The two lower images are enlargements of the upper right image. Points to note:- a) The illuminations down the rear stairs are bright enough to reflect the stairs. b) The progress of the point of bright light seems to be quite slow for 1 1/2 mins. duration. c) Illuminations appear to the left of the hospital, which do not appear to be connected to the building. (see right hand lower right for enlargement).

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The above four photos (taken 3rd may 2003) illustrate the latest development for our surveying technique. These four images were taken at the same time from four different viewpoints, with two cameras in view of each exposure where possible. A camera being situated in each corner of the lower ward. These were the first shots of the evening. Points to note:- a) The photographer is shining the torch at the ceiling, out of view of the top two photos. b) The bottom right image is a double exposure, including an image of the next set of photos. This camera is manual and mechanical (as opposed to electronic). After the 1st. image had been taken the hand winder seemed to be working as normal. The film was not scratched, or damaged in any way (which would indicate a camera jam). The camera behaved quite normally for the rest of the evening. c) All cameras were set at f2.8 and exposed for 3minuites. People were asked to be still for the duration. d) One of the images was considerably under exposed, in comparison to the others. (see upper left hand photo)

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This group of four photos represents the second photographic session, immediately after the previous four were taken. The bottom right photograph is the same double exposure as the one in the set above. In this situation people were asked to stand still for 3 minutes. Here we have the four views from the viewpoints of the four corners of the room. The two top pictures look away from the photographer with the torch. The other two look towards the photographer with the torch. The bottom right picture shows two lights. The left light is equivalent to the previous set of photos. The brighter right hand light is equivalent to the bottom left image, showing the photographer with the torch to the left. The very bright light in the left photograph is not equivalent to any lights on the other three. The faded person in the left picture indicates he had moved out of the picture area before the bright light occurred. Points to note:- a) The photographer seems to be fading away in the double exposure picture, indeed there should be two images,not one. ( Click on the right hand image to see the combination.) b) The combination image clearly shows the photographer present in the top left hand picture , with people sitting. The right (double exposure) image seems to show the photographer fading away. The bottom image with the bright light shows no indication of the photographer at all. c) The same procedure was followed as before; i.e. 3 minutes exposure @ f2.8 with the torch on for 2 seconds during the exposure. The rest of the time was in total darkness.


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This view looks down the passageway from the ground floor main ward, towards the staircase. There is a small room to the left, just beyond the door (opposite the bright light on the right hand wall). This room had a necrotic odour, which everyone noticed. It was equivalent to the smell of a morgue, a combination of dead bodies and formaline. This photograph was taken with a 1 1/2 minute exposure, with the torch on for 3 seconds. A torch was also lighting the stair area during this exposure. The person at the end of the passage had no torch in his possession at the time. Points to note:- a) A point of light moved during the exposure, to form the elongated light pattern seen in this photo. b) The point of light was not visible to anyone present.

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The above four images represent two views at opposite ends of the upstairs ward. The two photos on the right are enlargements of those on the left. This clearly illustrates the advantage of this technique, with the utilisation of different viewpoints. Here we see the participants clearly outlined, with the photographer holding the torch, see lower left image. A member of the team is holding a video camera with the illuminated screen switched on. Viewing the two enlarged images on the right it is clear there are discrepancies with regard to these two images. The red areas represent the infra-red beam generated by the video camera. Points to note:- a) The top right hand image shows areas of light near the face which do not match to those of the lower right image. b) An interesting moving image appeared on the video tape; a large round "orb" moves across the screen. It is definitely not a moth!!!
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The above four images represent three views taken at the same time, of the main downstairs ward. The top two were taken from opposite ends of the room.(ie; the camera in the centre of each image.) The bottom left image is taken by the camera shown to the right in the upper right hand image. The bottom right hand image is an enlargement of that on the left. This image shows an extra light source that the other two photos don't show. The red lights to the left and also represented in the upper right image were produced by the infra-red beam of the video camera, which had the viewing screen switched off at the time.
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Here we see one of the most interesting images taken on this survey. The top two (the right hand image being an enlargement of that on the left in both top and bottom pairs) show a similar situation taken on an earlier survey where Darryl is folding up a tripod with one torch illuminating the scene. Darryl's silluet is clearly visible in these pictures. The lower two photographs show a situation where the same procedure was followed at this latest survey, with the addition of the use of an extra torch by the photographer. This was turned on for 2 seconds during a 1 1/2 minute exposure. Points to note:- a) Darryl is no longer visible in the lower images. b) Both Darryl and myself (the photographer) can vouch for the fact that Darryl was present at the time. That neither of us experienced anything unusual at the time. That there were only two tripods in view of the camera at the time (including the one that Darryl was folding up).
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This image (the right hand photo is an enlargement of the one on the left) was taken with a digital camera, prior to the above survey. The building on the left is the old matron's quarters, which is reputed to be haunted (Eyewitness Australian Ghosts, by Miriam Howard-Wright 1980 'Holiday Nightmare") Points to note:- a) From a distance there seems to be someone leaning on the balustrade of the left hand building in the left hand photograph. b) A closeup of the same photo shows what seems to be a person's face looking out of the window to the left.(see right hand image) It looks to me to be a lady dressed in an old fashioned nurses uniform, what do you think?!!! c) There was no one in the building at the time as it was locked up. Entry was not possible. d) The exposure was 1/4 sec at f2.8 with no flash. It was 6pm at sunset.
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