The Monte Cristo Homestead
The Monte Cristo Homestead is located in the town of Junee, in rural New South Wales. It is often thought to be one of Australia's spookiest properties haunted by the ghosts of past owners. This Victorian building has an extensive, tragic, history, where a chain of horrific events took place.
In 1876 the original owner of the Monte Cristo Homestead, Christopher William Crawley, acquired two parcels of land in Junee on conditional purchase When the Great Southern Railway Line later opened in 1878, he also acquired a license & built the Railway Hotel. His wealth increased which led to him acquiring almost the entire township.
Outwardly he & his wife appeared to be a typical Victorian couple, however staff would later recount stories of harsh mistreatment. Tragedy struck when one of their children died after falling down the stairs.
A maid & stable boy also died at the property. The maid apparently died after falling off the balcony. The stable boy is said to have burned to death.
The Monte Cristo Homestead was once owned by a reclusive woman whose spirit still wanders its halls.
Stories are told of a woman who plummeted to death off the balcony. Her bloodied body is said to be seen at the place she fell.
In the coach house a young stable boy who was burnt alive is heard to be crying.
Clanking chains warn of the presence of Harold. He was a man with mental disabilities who was chained to a bed for 40 years.
Or the crying baby, who was allegedly thrown to her death down the stairs after being pulled from the maid’s arms by an invisible force.
There is also believed to be a mentally ill man named Harold who was chained up on the property.
Someone else was murdered there.
Christopher Crawley died at Monte Cristo on 14th December 1910 from heart failure, secondary to blood poisoning caused by a carbuncle. He was 69 years old. His wife died at Monte Cristo on 12th August 1933 of heart failure, secondary to a ruptured appendix.
Visitors to the Monte Cristo Homestead report seeing eerie lights at the homestead. Children become distressed near the staircase, where the infant was fatally dropped.
Monte Cristo Homestead now operates as a tourist attraction.Ghost tours bookings are available throughout the year.
11 Oct 2021