An account of mysterious happenings at Gordon Bridge

The Haunted House - a true story by Timothy Tuffmutton 
 
When the Great Southern railway was being built from Beverley to Albany, many people who lived by the side of the road went to work on it, which caused many old hotels, boarding houses and small holdings to be deserted.

There was one house at the Gordon Bridge, originally built as a pub but had never been licensed. I was working at the opposite side of the river to this house, while a shepherd was camped about half-a-mile up the river.

The house had once been a changing station for coach horses and the shepherd told me that it was haunted, as every night a light shone in the window of the tap-room. The room had a stone floor and was intended to accommodate travellers. There was a fireplace and they could sit and smoke and have their rum hot if they so wished.

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Hen swallows snake

From the Perth Western Mail, Thursday, November 13, 1924.

I notice in your issue of the 23rd. inst., under letters to group settlers, No. 15, that a rooster had been killed by eating a snake. I have had a similar experience, with a hen. Some little time back while farming at Denmark,  I was standing in front of the house in the company with the other men, towards evening  and we noticed a hen jump straight up in the air three or four times and then drop dead.

We were puzzled to know what had happened, so I plucked the feathers off the breast and cut open the crop and to my surprise there was about 2inches of the tail part of a snake, the remainder having wriggled on down into the entrails. I caught hold of the tail and pulled the snake out.  It was about 9inches long and not picked or broken and was still alive.

A. H. Johnson, Emu Point, Albany.

EJ Eyre and his arrival in Albany

A little over 171 years ago on July 6, 1841, explorer Edward John Eyre (1815-1901) and his Aboriginal companion Wylie camped on the eastern side of the King River at sunset. On the following day, they entered Albany to be warmly welcomed by residents somewhere in the vicinity of the Soldiers' Memorial in lower York Street, close to St John's Anglican Church.
 
Eyre's arrival was the consummation of a journey which started at Fowler's Bay, South Australia, four-and-half months earlier, on February 25, 1841 and which saw his name written into history as the first European to cross southern Australia from east to west travelling across the Nullarbor Plain.

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Denmark's timber mill closes

The West Australian, October 7, 1904 - The timber industry - Denmark mill closed
 
Work ceased at Denmark on Friday. The mill was employed as usual till the afternoon, when all the men were paid.  Some concern is felt locally on this account owing to the likelihood of the railway service being discontinued, if the line itself is not dismantled. In the event of the latter proving the case a great blow will be delivered to many settlers in the district, who have mainly relied on this connection for their traffic with the town.
 

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