8 Jul 2012
Brisbane Arts Theatre ghost investigation hampered by city council street works
A TEAM of paranormal investigators battled an unwanted force while they surveyed one of Queensland's most "haunted" sites last night: the sound of Brisbane City Council workers jack-hammering in the street outside.
Paranormal Paratek had taped shut the doors and sealed all drafts for the overnight operation at the Brisbane Arts Theatre on Petrie Terrace but, in the end, it was the unexpected late-night street work that almost saw the weeks of preparation unravel for the passionate team.
When the group introduced themselves to the spirit of founder Jean Trundle, and encouraged her to reply, it was a strain to hear any faint sounds or movements from the heritage theatre's stage above the construction.
"We'll have to reduce our expectations and the equipment we use tonight," president Darren Davies said, "which is a bit disappointing."
However, team member Scott Hynd experienced an unexplained interference earlier while setting-up the visual and audio equipment.
"We saw a cable was swinging in the gallery obviously no one was up there and nobody had gone near it or pulled it," he said. "Then I was standing near (the cable) and felt a rush of cold air. I asked whether the airconditioning had been on but everybody said it hadn't."
While president Darren Davies said a number of other groups had already visited the former secondhand store looking for ghosts, he said last night's survey was the most comprehensive investigation yet.
"I'm very sceptical about the claims that people make about a place being haunted. That's why we are herewe want proof," Mr Davies said
"We're not affiliated with a ghost tour."
He said the group, which also included Susan Bowes and Shane Daly, would compile a report on last night's findings and present it to the theatre's manager.