Tuesday, 20 January 2015

Icons of South Australia: Donald Dunstan

Icons of South Australia
Donald Dunstan

Donald Dunstan was an important figure in South Australian politics, a man some thought was ahead of his time (if you were a supporter).
Dunstan was born in Fiji, and was moved to Murray Bridge at the age of seven. He went on to complete his education at St Peters College, and then Adelaide University. Dunstan graduated with a Bachelor of Law in 1948.
Whilst studying at Adelaide University, Dunstan met his first wife, Gretal, who was from a Jewish family who had escaped Nazi occupied Germany for a new life in Australia. After a brief stint living in Fiji together the couple moved back to Norwood in 1951, now with their first child Bronwen, and soon to follow, two sons, Andrew and Paul.
In 1953 Dunstan entered the world of South Australian politics becoming an elected Member for Norwood, this would eventually lead to his placement in 1965 as the Attorney-General, Minister of Aboriginal Affairs and Minister of Social Welfare.
In 1967, the current South Australian Premier, Frank Walsh retired, and Donald Dunstan was elected the leader of the party, and therefore, the new Premier and Treasurer of South Australia.
Dunstan lost the next State election, and the Liberals regained power of the State, which only lasted until the next election, when Dunstan was elected by the people. He then went on to to serve for another ten years, only standing down due to ill health in 1979

Dunstan was always a controversial figure in South Australian politics, but also a forward thinker. Under Donald Dunstan laws were changed that introduced anti-discrimination laws to protect the rights of women, indigenous people and homosexuals. Dunstan was also an avid supporter of the Arts, establishing the Adelaide Festival Centre, The South Australian Film commission and expanding upon the Adelaide Festival of Arts.
If it was for Donald Dunstan, all South Australians would still be kicked out of the pub at 6pm – It was Dunstan who changed the Liquor Licensing laws, and allowed puns to serve alcohol until 10pm!
Dunstan was also the man responsible for legalising homosexuality in South Australia and taking us out of the dark ages.
Dunstan also began the process of handing the Pitjantjatjara lands back to its native owners.
In 1972 Donald Dunstan caused a media sensation across Australia when he 'donned' a pair of tight pink flannelette shorts and wore them into parliament, his advisers and personal assistants did all they could to keep the media at bay, and stop them taking photographs, but Dunstan snuck out a back door and welcomed the media to take photos, which would eventually lead to him being seen across Australia and a whirlwind of political controversy and opinion that soon followed. By all accounts, Donald Dunstan relished every minute of the attention.

More about the enigmatic South Australian Premier Donald Dunstan



Tuesday, 13 January 2015

Haunting:Australia Tour

Hi Folks

It's time for Robb Demarest, Gaurav Tiwari, Rayleen Kable and myself to start a Paranormal Investigation tour of New South Wales, South Australia, Victoria and Queensland!
We have some great locations lined up and are looking forward to meeting HA fans everywhere we go - We also have a few "Meet & Greet" locations where you can come along and buy a signed copy of the DVD or other merchandise...look for more detials , ticket prices and where we will be in your State via

Tuesday, 6 January 2015

Welcome to 2015! THOA fans

Welcome to 2015! THOA fans
This year the Haunts of Adelaide blog is still going strong, even with the first book in the new series being published, I still have a ton of stories to share with you, be they, paranormal, mystery, murder, crime, UFO, conspiracy or highlighting South Australia's amazing architecture and people, there will be something to interest most on this blog in 2015.
In the meantime, my first book: "The Haunts of Adelaide - History, Mystery and the Paranormal" is selling really well around the world, Work on the 2nd and 3rd books in the series is already well underwya, both featuring exclusive stories never before published here on the blog, and some never before published anywhere!
 Thanks for sticking with the blog and taking an interest in my work, I hope 2015 offers you a fantastic year, and some, if not all, of your dreams come true
- Allen Tiller 

The Haunts of Adelaide – History, Mystery & the Paranormal

Published by CUSTOM BOOK Publications It has always been Allen Tiller’s aim to provide a factual insight into haunted locations in Adelaide, and indeed, the rest of Australia. He lifts the veil on ghost stories and reveals the truth behind the myths and tales that so often become urban legend and local folklore. His mission is to research the historical facts of locations, people, places and buildings - from a distinctly paranormal perspective. The Haunts of Adelaide was born… 
With previously unpublished stories.
Exclusive Haunting:Australia references

Avid paranormal enthusiasts may note that this book misses some allegedly haunted locations in Adelaide, such as The Light Hotel and Old Adelaide Gaol, this was done with the intention of keeping the cost of book down and also allowing the main location in this book “The Adelaide Arcade” (which was investigated for the very first time by the team from Haunting:Australia in 2013) to shine a little bit brighter – there will be a follow up book to “Adelaide” in the future, but the next book in the series will feature Kapunda, with some exclusive never before published ghost stories about Australia’s Most Haunted Town passed on by the locals of Kapunda!
It is my intention to follow in the footsteps of some of my favourite Authors like John Pinkney & Grant Osborn and write multiple books, but the real inspiration behind this series of books goes to two people Russell Smith, who resides right here in Adelaide and wrote the wonderful series of books “Curiosities of South Australia”, and Ghost Hunter Mr Peter Underwood who has written a huge number of books including the incredibly popular “Ghosts of” series which covered popular, and lesser known hauntings across the United Kingdom and Ireland.

  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1503150232
  • ISBN-13: 978-1503150232

Tuesday, 30 December 2014



In 1931, Ivan white awoke to the horrifying sounds of screams from his, across the road neighbours, on Brighton Road, Helmsdale. He jumped out of bed and ran across to the bungalow. Looking through the window, to his horror, he saw his neighbour, Stanley Jones, bashing his wife in the head with a hammer...

Stanley Jones was married to Gertrude, and together they lived with their 18 year old daughter Marjorie and an 35 year old female boarder by the name of of Ms Sullivan.
Stanley owned a Billiard Saloon Hall in Glenelg that had always been reasonably rewarding financially, but in recent times had become somewhat of a strain on his hip pocket.

On the night in question, Mr Jones came home from work and dinner with his Wife, daughter and Boarder. The foursome ate, and Ms Sullivan and Marjorie excused themselves and both returned to their rooms.
Ms Sullivan, later in her Police statement, said after she had left the dining room, and returned to her room, Mr and Mrs Jones had sat at the table, engrossed in amicable conversation.
At some point the same evening, after saying goodnight to his wife, Stanley began to write a note explaining that he was sorry for all the trouble he had caused and the “The Billiard saloon was the cause of it all”..
At about 2:45am, Stanley went into his daughter Marjorie's room and slit her throat with a razor. Marjorie couldn’t scream, but she managed to get up and make her way to her Mothers room, bleeding severely from her wounds. As she entered Gertrude's room, Stanley, Her Father, struck her in the back of the head with a hammer.
Marjorie fell to the floor at the foot of her Mothers bed.
Gertrude began to scream, and as she did, Stanley came at her with the hammer swinging wildly, whilst also trying to slash her with the razor.
In another part of the house Ms Sullivan had been awoken by the screams, and realised something terrible was happening in the house, she jumped out through a window to escape, and ran into neighbour Ivan white as he crossed the street to see what was going on.
Looking through the window at the horrors before him, Ivan tapped on the window. Stanley turned and looked him in the eye, with a savage expression on his face, and turned back to beating his wife around the head with the hammer.
Mr White rushed down the street to the nearest telephone box and called the Plice, who arrived within in five minutes.
The police entered the house to find Marjorie was still alive, but in a very bad way, they followed a trail of blood through to the rear of the house and into the backyard where they found Stanley, who taken the razor to himself and slit his throat from ear to ear. He was still alive.

Both Stanley and his daughter Marjorie succumb to their wounds before medical help could arrive.

Tuesday, 23 December 2014

Merry Christmas 2014

Merry Christmas 2014
this week we are posting some old photos of Christmas in South Australia from over the past (almost) 200 years.
All photos are courtesy of The South Australian State Library

A 'Y' class steam train, decorated for Christmas, pictured with its crew and other men at Gladstone. A raised water tank behind the train is advertising 'Burford's - circa 1900

 The photos below feature Adelaide Christmas Pageant floats featuring Father Christmas, Noah's Ark and Nimble on Grenfell Street outside the Rigby newsagent and Cole's Book Arcade

Tuesday, 16 December 2014

Father Michael Ryan

Father Michael Ryan:

Father Ryan first arrived in South Australia with Bishop Murphy in the year 1814, and was the first Roman Catholic priest On South Australian soil; he held the high ecclesiastical positions of Vicar-General and Apostolic Administrator in his time.
He was the first Catholic priest to say Mass in Kapunda in 1845
Father Ryan was appointed with the task of building a church in Kapunda.
 Father Ryan found a suitable place to hold mass for those who couldn’t get to the St Johns church; the area is now where Kapunda Institute stands. Eventually he chose the site for St Rose of Lima church to be built. The original church has since been destroyed and a new one built in its place.
On the 3rd of April 1864 Father Ryan performs wedding ceremony for Horace McKinley and Martha Craig.

On 15 August 1864 Father Michael Ryan laid the foundation stone for the Sevenhills church at Sevenhill.
Father Ryan died of apoplexy on 24th August 1865 (Historically the word "apoplexy" was also used to describe any sudden death that began with a sudden loss of consciousness, especially one in which the victim died within a matter of seconds after losing consciousness.)

At his funeral it was stated
Father Ryan was a pious and zealous member of the Catholic Church— a man of modest and unassuming manners. In him the members of his Church have lost a truly benevolent pastor, the poor a ready counsellor, and the needy a friend.”

Tuesday, 9 December 2014

James Yates

James Yates

In 1850, Adelaide was a small colony, with very little to do once work had finished for the day. Gaol Executions, although distressing and grotesque, attracted large crowds of onlookers.
The execution day of James Yates was no different. On that day, the crowd grew to six hundred strong, despite the inclement weather.
Yates had been found guilty of murdering a Shepard at Skillagogee Creek, a fellow workman known locally as “The Sergeant” because of his past military service.
Without going into too much detail about eh case (as it is long an extensive – but if you want to read more, please visit here: http://trove.nla.gov.au/ndp/del/page/3931229?zoomLevel=5&searchTerm=James%20yates&searchLimits=l-state=South+Australia|||l-decade=185 ) Yates was found guilt of a brutal murder by way of repeated blows to the head.
He denied any wrong doings in court, claiming loudly that he was innocent, and later that it was self defence as the old Sergeant had been quite drunk and came at him first..
Yates hanging was a horrible one, with the know of the noose getting caught behind his neck, and his constant struggling witnessed by the large crowd. He was eventually let down, and his body evaluated before being buried inside the stone walls of The Adelaide Gaol.

The following poem was written by condemned man, James Yates, this poetry, although badly written, was heartfelt and in appreciation of his lawyer, Mr G.M. Stephen, for his tireless, although unsuccessful, efforts to save him from the gallows.

If I had always refrained from drink 
and paid attenshion to the word of God 
I never would have had to have rued the day 
Or on the wretched scaffold to have trod

Since i have now come to this untimely end 
And in this world i found one onely friend 
Who tried his utmost for me to defend 
I hope God will reward him in the end

His honner the guge to me he has proved kind 
Nearley three weeks he has gave me to make up my mind 
For this wicked world to leave behind 
And in the next i hope soon my God to find

I was brought up by my tender parents 
Who always was to me so kind and free 
But little did they ever think 
That I should di on the gallows tree

James Yates