Cemetery walk to reveal Pomona's spooky history
GHOSTBUSTERS beware, the Noosa Museum will host a spooky historical walk through Pomona cemetery next week.
Grave Tales from Pomona Cemetery will take place on August 18 at 1pm and will bring the stories of past pioneers, settlers and locals from more than 100 years ago to life.
Museum volunteer Alison Napier said the walk will teach history enthusiasts about prominent identities and the stories of ghosts supposedly haunting Pomona today.
"One man is thought to be the ghost in the Pomona pub,” Alison said.
"One of the other people I talk about is Stan Topper, who reinvigorated the King of the Mountain race. There's some pioneers - Louis Bazzo and his family have got a really interesting story.
"There's a variety of people. It's trying to make it light hearted but informative about the lives of people.”
The cemetery is more than 120 years old and Alison said there are a number of unknown bodies lying beneath the ground - but they're not sure where.
"The cemetery started in the late 1890s. The first burial there was a very young child, but the grave is no longer there,” she said.
"A lot of the early graves were wooden crosses, and white ants have destroyed them.
"A lot of the original markers have been moved, or destroyed, or disappeared. Some are there, and you can identify them, and some aren't.”
Alison said the town of Pomona is full of history and supernatural legends.
"There has been talk about ghosts in what was the ANZ Bank. Quite some years ago, the bank manager's son drowned in the underpass,” she said.
"There was another pub on Factory St, and there was a murder that took place in that pub.”
Alison said cemetery walks were becoming increasingly popular, and she encouraged anyone interested to come along and learn the stories from beyond the grave.
"This is something they're doing all over the country in various places. People just seem to be interested in cemeteries,” Alison said.
"Noosa Museum is trying very hard to develop a lot more interest in heritage and the history of the area.”
Following the walk, guests will be invited to meet at the Noosa Museum for refreshments.
A gold coin donation is required to join the tour.