Campers Terrified By Ghost Of The Past
It was about this time of the year, that four young boys decided to camp for the night on Jenny Dixon Beach. It would prove to be a night they would never forget.
Raymond Grove was twelve-years-old the night he and his three friends were invited to a party in the car-park at Jenny Dixon Beach.
It was late in the evening, the party had broken up and Raymond and his three mates had decided to camp on the beach for the night. They built a huge bonfire and huddled together around the flickering flames.
“I was almost asleep when for some strange reason I felt compelled to look up towards the surrounding bush,” Raymond said.
“That’s when I saw the woman. She was dressed in a long flowing dress, similar to that worn by women in the early 1800’s. She was obviously not from our time.
'Her arms were outstretched and she appeared to be seeking my help. I woke the other three up and I admit we were all pretty frightened – my mates began throwing sticks from the fire at the woman, but the pieces of wood passed straight through her. That really scared us, and we ran as fast as we could back up the stairs to the car-park.
'And as anyone who has been to Jenny Dixon Beach will tell you - there are a quite lot of stairs to climb before you reach the top. But I reckon we broke a record that night.
“After we caught our breath, we decided to take one last look to see if she was still there, and slowly headed back down. We'd only descended about halfway when we saw her standing in front of us blocking the stairs.”
“She seemed to be beckoning for us to come with her, but there is no way we were going to hang around that place a minute longer. We bolted home as quickly as we could.”
Since that night in 1973, Raymond has been investigating possible reasons behind the appearance of the ghostly woman.
It seems Jenny Dixon Beach was named after the coal schooner Janet Dixon that took refuge in Cabbage Tree Passage during a fierce storm. Despite dropping both anchors the schooner was swept ashore. All aboard were shaken but safe.
Prior to the lighthouse being installed several other ships sunk in what was described as a notorious stretch of water in front of the beach. At least fifteen people are known to have died during the sinking's.
Mr. Grove has made it his quest in life to solve the riddle of the phantom woman.
And it appears he may have already uncovered a major part of the puzzle. 'I discovered a record that I believe documents exactly what happened to this woman and why she lingers on the beach. According to the research I have conducted, the woman is searching for her young son who was swept off a schooner.
'That is why she was holding her arms out the night I saw her - she was pleading for my help to find her son. I am very close now to solving this mystery, although I doubt I can ever give that poor woman the peace she seeks.'
Tragically, there is another ghostly connection to Jenny Dixon Beach.
A young girl was brutally raped and murdered in the surrounding bushland. For decades she has haunted a stretch of road called Wilfred Barrett Drive where she was allegedly abducted. For the full story and a sneak peek at the trailer for the upcoming feature film see: Hitchhiking Ghost Of Wilfred Barrett Drive.
Raymond, who lives close to Jenny Dixon Beach, insists the girl that haunts Wilfred Barrett Drive is not the same spirit he witnessed on that fateful night in 1973. 'The ghost I saw was dressed in clothing of the 1800's - there were four witnesses to the event, and it definitely wasn't the hitchhiking ghost that got us spooked.'
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Shantelle Baybi on May 19, 2012:
I have just moved to Budgewoi so i travel along the stretch of road.
Very strange but i see a bright light in my revision mirror like a motorbike so close i think its riding up the back of me i freak out and slow down, and the motorbike looking light slows down. I have seen it twice..i have been living at my new place for not even two weeks..and seen two fatal accidents...one which was not in the media..when the car was absolutely mangled and definitely the woman did not survive..my partner saw her body hanging out the window. Now today i hear there is a suburu accident of which it was fatal..i think its got something to do with the light i see..its like a motobike or torch (something bright)..i hate that road..i hate it!
Local on March 03, 2012:
I have lived at Toukley for 20 years. I drive wilfred barret drive every day twice a day for 12 years at every hour of the day. I am just not convinced it is there. I have heard one or two stories. Granted teenage parties are commonplace on Jenny Dixon ive been to many in my time and police are called in regularly to break them up. Never seen the lady walking past on the side of the road (Not that I would pick her up anyway).
Joanna McKenna from Central Oklahoma on February 28, 2012:
Oh, don't apologize. A shot of adrenaline is good for what ails ya! ;D
Mark Halliday (author) from Australia on February 28, 2012:
Thank you Jama - sorry about the scare,but glad you liked it :)
Joanna McKenna from Central Oklahoma on February 28, 2012:
Can't tell you how glad I came across this hub in broad daylight! I'm sure the hairs on the back of my neck will lie down eventually...
Voted up and awesome, only because there's no category for "scared out of my wits". ;D
summer on February 22, 2012:
Yeah I would love to find out her real name aswell, drove past there many times but still haven't seen anything, but believe it and always will.
kathy on August 11, 2011:
So if your friend has the clippings, what is her name??? Everyone knows the stories but no-one knows her name.
A. Krestensen on August 07, 2011:
I have lived on the Coast all of my life and recollect the Jenny Dixon Ghost stories. There was a great stor in the late 70's early 80's and y father, sister and I collected the wreckage fro a ship along Jenny Dixon Beach. It had been a minny cyclone that had hit the Central Coast. My nan had a frozen food store on Johns Rd,North Wyong. The cyclone ripped the roof off the massive freezer factory. My dad told me the story after my sister and I persisted. He and the faily spoke of the Ship that got wrecked....Then you have y elder brothers generation where they speek of the young girl that was raped and murdered. Case never solved. My friend Phil has the original paper clipping...The whole lot feels so real for something that doesn't exist????My sister believes in her heart that she had seen a ghost like image standing close to the corner of Wilfred Barret Drive and the Beach turnoff road hitchhicking. It has been a childhood memory for her.
mick on March 28, 2011:
hi,last winter i religously exercised at jds stairs 3 afternoons a week.one night on dark i was half way up the stairs when i heard voices of people playing on the beach ,so i carried on to the top ,when i got back down i looked up and down the beach and nobody to be seen.i was so scared to climb back up the stairs so i just bolted ive had another thing happen since then so now i don't climb the stairs alone.
Saskia ( New Zealand ) on October 24, 2010:
I had a similar experience at Jenny Dixon Beach in January, 1977. I was 21- would love to tell you the whole story - Regards Saskia
Kim on October 10, 2010:
I live on the coast also never seen the ghost (not that I don't believe it though, I know many people who don't go that way after dark!) but it said that after each appearance her grave at the cemetery was disturbed. If this is true wouldn't her real identity be known ??
VivekSri on June 24, 2010:
That’s a real courage and rare piece of energy. Hats off to this hub.
Mark Halliday (author) from Australia on June 21, 2010:
Thank you Northyhead - that info is extremely helpful.
northyhead on June 21, 2010:
Check this out, look towards the bottom of page 53, says that the ship wreck victims landed safely.
Mark Halliday (author) from Australia on June 12, 2010:
Thanks for the kind comment - no he didn't sight the ghost again, but he has done a lot of research and believes he may have uncovered her name and the ship she was on. If you are after another good story, my Hub the Ghost Of Noraville is being made into a feature film. The Director of the film - Chris Halling - left a comment just above yours.
I'll be uploading the trailer for the film shortly.
Thanks again for your kindness - :)
mwatkins from Portland, Oregon & Vancouver BC on June 12, 2010:
Wow, that was GREAT - As in Tony the Tiger "GREAT" You have such a way with words! Your use of them keeps the reader hugging each one, hoping for more! I can't wait to read more! Thanks - Did he ever find that ghost again?
Christopher Halling on June 11, 2010:
Speaking of which... Here is the trailer for the film Mark... Enjoy...Chris 8)
Nell Rose from England on May 03, 2010:
Hi, this is fascinating. I will have to go and find out more. thanks nell
azza on December 23, 2009:
is now being a movie production
BetsyIckes from Pennsylvania on December 06, 2009:
I love this hub! I wonder if TAP should investigate this!
Gina Barbiero from SouthEastern US on September 05, 2009:
Awesome story. Off to read your Noraville hub.
Mark Halliday (author) from Australia on September 02, 2009:
Hi Zac - I'd love to hear your story and experiences with the ghost of Jenny Dixon. You contact me through the link under my photo at the top right of this page.
Hope to hear from you soon :)
zac on September 02, 2009:
this ghost is real i have seen her 4 times in 6 yrs i live to sts from jenny dixon belive it
Kimberly Bunch from EAST WENATCHEE on September 01, 2009:
Mark Halliday (author) from Australia on August 04, 2009:
Hi Raggits - thanks for dropping by, glad you liked the story. :)
Raggits on August 03, 2009:
Great story, Will check into the others mentioned also.
Mark Halliday (author) from Australia on June 29, 2009:
Thanks Enelle - glad you like them. :)
Enelle Lamb from Canada's 'California' on June 29, 2009:
Another great story - am off to read the Noraville ghost story now :D - keep on bringing us this stuff
Mark Halliday (author) from Australia on June 28, 2009:
ralwus on June 28, 2009:
Hmmm, very interesting indeed. Great read too. Would make a nice book.
Patrick Bernauw from Flanders (Belgium) on May 01, 2009:
Well told true ghost story... Love it!