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Press Release: Ghost Tour & International Lighthouse Weekend at Cape Otway Lightstation

Issued: 16 August 2011

UNDER the cover of darkness the stories of two tragic women will be brought to life in a theatrical ghost tour at Cape Otway’s International Lighthouse Weekend celebrations on Saturday night.

Paranormal converts and sceptics alike are bound to feel a chill when they hear the stories of Kathrine Evans and Mrs Riches, two pioneering women who faced unforgiving living conditions, grief and loss during their time as lightkeepers’ wives at Australia’s most significant lighthouse.

In the 1800s Kathrine Evans was devastated by watching helplessly, as two of her young children died within 12 months of each other at the remote outpost beyond the reach of a doctor.

Assistant Lightkeeper’s wife Mrs Riches is said to create mischief in the Lightkeeper’s Café, which was once her home. It’s believed Mrs Riches was incarcerated for life after experiencing mental health problems while living at the Cape.

Lightstation manager Paul Thompson said the ghost tour would include theatrical performances combined with real stories about extraordinary lives and unexplained happenings at the heritage precinct.

“There are many theories on ghosts, whether they really exist and whether they are in fact spirits who have passed out of their physical body and are trapped in this world as a result of a tragedy or trauma,” Mr Thompson said.

“We hold these ghost tours just once a year and there are always people who feel a sensitivity towards some of the characters who have lived and maybe haunted the Cape over the centuries.

“The tour provides a great once a year opportunity to explore the Lightstation grounds after dark, see the new light in action and enjoy a delicious buffet dinner in the café.”
The early ghost tour at 6:30pm is suitable for all and costs $20 for adults, $10 for kids & $50 for families. The later tour at 7pm includes a buffet dinner, costs $45, and is recommended for over 16s and adults only. Both tours include a weekend pass to the Lightstation to see re-enactments by the Victorian Colonial Infantry Association and potentially whale watching from the Lightstation tower – almost 90 metres above sea level.

The weekend’s activities will also include the chance to win a Telstra phone by texting a friend faster than the Morse Code Operators can despatch the same message in dots and dashes.

Characters of the Cape will also perform theatrical snapshots which tell how challenging life was for early European settlers at the Cape.

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