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I'm a Melbourne boy, hailing from St Kilda with one ex, one current wife and four kids. Love the outdoors and making new discoveries. I cook a lot at home (cheers from wife) and do some preserving, mostly jams, pickles and fruit liqueurs. This is the diary of a cooking journey.

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Monday, October 27, 2008
The Haunted Melbourne Ghost Tour
We're standing on an asphalt covered carpark, being told that Melbourne's famous Queen Victoria Market had a rather controversial beginning.

Much of the land on which it stands was Melbourne's first official cemetery and there was a public outcry when the market was established there. Some 914 bodies were exhumed and reburied elsewhere, including the remains of John Batman, Melbourne's founding father, which in a final indignity were reinterred in Fawkner Cemetery, named after his nemesis, John Fawkner. Perhaps the monument erected to him at the market is some slight appeasement.

Then, our host of The Haunted Melbourne Ghost Tour, Drew Sinton, eerily dressed in black cassock and flat black hat, points out, we are standing on the remains of some 9,000 souls, including murderers and bushrangers! We walk uneasily towards the line of market sheds and Sinton points to a long brick wall which he says is the original northern cemetery wall and shows us concrete blocks on which the column supports for the roof rest, placed there so as not to disturb the ground beneath.

I won't give more away, but there is a definite food presence on this 2.5 hour walking tour, showing parts of Melbourne normally unseen. Hear the story of a chef and how he met his grisly end. Why are the corners of some old buildings rebated? We didn't encounter any ghosts, but what we got was a fascinating oral history of Old Melbourne, plus reminders of some dark recent history, giving rise to hairs on the back of your neck.

Even for skeptics it's worth a look, oh, and Sinton knows who you are.
  posted at 8:17 am

At 12:10 pm, Blogger Lydia (The Perfect Pantry) said...

That sounds like fun!

At 1:25 pm, Blogger MyKitchenInHalfCups said...

Wooo, I'd like to go on that one!!

At 10:56 am, Blogger neil said...

Hi lydia, it was great fun and a pretty good walk too. There were a few drunks trying to join in, but as soon as we moved on they were unwilling to leave their beers behind!

Hi tanna, I actually thought of you and Gorn. If you ever come over this way, you'll be going on the tour, promise!

At 1:44 pm, Blogger stickyfingers said...

Wow I saw Drew on Sunrise this morning - they were asking him about Halloween and he seemed rather incoherent. Rather awkward for Kochie & Mel. I see he's still dressing like Zorro.

I used to work with Drew, he was an Advertising Copywriter and one day he vanished from work only to resurface months later to collect his belongings. He told everyone he had been on a trip to Transylvania, but in fact he had been committed and had gone into care. Hopefully he's on an even keel now.

At 1:59 pm, Blogger neil said...

I wonder if he'll be attending his own child friendly AA meeting tonight? Hope he hasn't fallen off the wagon.

He's a bit of a character all right. Some friends were telling me that he won't even sell you a book if he doesn't like you!

At 11:34 am, Blogger Ran said...

i went into his shop once and he came up to me and identified the perfume i was wearing. it freaked me out a little


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