FAQ 2017-11-25T19:43:59+00:00

Did Emma Payne die of natural causes or was she murdered?

Emma Payne’s death is our murder mystery story. Her husband, John, was accused of poisoning her, however, the inquest into her death concluded that she died from (exhaustion from) natural causes. Certainly the newspapers of the time were convinced there was no case against the husband. Yet the eye witness testimony is compelling and we have included a good deal of the material available in the inquest records and newspapers so you can be the judge. Was John Payne guilty? We’ll let you decide.

Do you know where Stewart Wade is buried?

Stewart Wade was buried in an unmarked grave at the Port Fairy Cemetery (refer to the Cox Street Axe Murder story on our HOME page). Maria Cameron has located the actual grave and you can find out where if you attend any of her famous Cemetery walks that are generally run during holiday periods.

Do you run ghost tours?

Port Fairy Ghost Stories Inc. does not run ghost tours. The book Port Fairy Ghost Stories has been ordered so you can follow the stories sequentially and conduct your own ghost tour of the town at your leisure. Many of these locations are accessible to the public so you can stop for drinks or a meal, or maybe even stay overnight and risk a ghostly encounter of your own!

Other parties may run ghost tours in the future. Our best advice is to stay tuned to  advertising of holiday events and leisure activities via the Port Fairy Visitor Information Centre.

Writing of “night terrors,” as common among children, Dr. Adolph Stern says that these have a deeper cause than those given in the text-books, which are: Adenoids and enlarged tonsils, large or indigestible meals eaten shortly before going to bed, and the telling of harrowing or terrifying stories – like ghost stories. According to Dr. Stern, children who sit up screaming, “Mother, mother!” “The black man!” “The ghost!” or even those who constantly cry for a drink of water, are generally the offspring of neurotic mothers, and have themselves been made neurotic by receiving too much attention, too much devotional affection, by being kept too dependent, not leaning on themselves but on others. The cure for such children is to make them play with other children, to let them do things for themselves,, such as dressing and bathing themselves, and going to bed alone. Thus they will acquire a spirit of independence.

PORT FAIRY GAZETTE 26th July 1915