Information Source: Australian Heritage Database
I received a very interesting email from a blog visitor named Phil who shared his story of Stowell.
Phil has very kindly consented to allow me to share his story with our blog visitors.
Here it is -
"I enjoy your blogspot and have learnt much - despite being a generation Tasmanian with my family arriving in 1804. It was with interest I read recently of the ghost of Stowell House in Battery Point.
In my younger days I was a security control room operator looking after security patrols across Tasmania under the Chubb and Wormald security companies.
On this particular night a patrol man went to check in at Stowell House which had recently been vacated by CSIRO as they moved to the wharf area - hence patrols were required to prevent vandalism.
On checking and exiting the building, the patrol man, a staunch Salvation Army member, rang me to say he was clear of Stowell House. Suddenly he said, "bloody hell - she is upstairs. I will have to go and check," before hanging up. Some minutes later he rang back and I asked whether the staff member had left, thinking someone was there still packing.
The patrolman responded with "no - there's no staff member. It is the ghost!" What he had seen was the girl watching from the upstairs window as he walked down the drive. Where she was standing was a large laboratory bench which ran the length of the room and she would have been standing in the middle of it!
The patrolman told me he saw her quite often and wasn't concerned at all - he was more concerned that a staff member was back in the building!
I also have a strong connection with Anglesea Barracks and over the years, I have worked in the sandstone headquarters at times at night by myself. Lots of footsteps throughout that place- but no real ghost sightings.
Anyway - thought you may be interested in this little story."
Thank you for sharing your fantastic memories of Stowell, Phil