Adelaide Arcade history and ghostly past to be unleashed during History Festival


TODAY, it's a store's heaven, but when the sun sets in the voices, footsteps and flickering lights have been seen and heard in one of Adelaide's oldest legacy buildings.

Adelaide Arcade is full of stories – more ghostly than others, which will be uncovered as part of this year's historic festival.

Adelaide Haunted Horizon's main guide, Kag Allwood, said the participants at Adelaide Arcade: Dark History and Ghost Tour will discover the history of the arcade and hear about some of the unfortunate events that have occurred.

"Most people go here everyday and have no idea what has happened," says Allwood.

"There have been at least three deaths we know is actually … none of the stories we tell have been made up and we even take a security guard for a part of the trip because they have had personal experiences after hours. "

Mrs. Allwood says while there are many bizarre Ries, there is a special she loves to tell.

"Sydney Kennedy Byron was about two or three and died of gas poisoning," she says.

"He lived with his mother at the top level converted into stores) and one morning he was found dead.

" He had been caught by turning the gas cranes a couple of times, suspected that he turned take care of himself while his mother was asleep. "

During a trip to the arcade six months ago, Allwood and her assistant Alison Oborn asked questions under an Electronic Voice Phenomena (EVP), where intellectual property was accidentally recorded or intentionally requested and recorded ) and got a rare record of what they thought was Sydney's voice.

"We discussed Sydney's story and asked," Did you turn the dial on the oven? "And immediately we heard a small voice saying" I did "We made a trip with about five people who all testify to it," Mr. llwood says.

"It's very rare that you get an EVP that is relevant to the location and context of what you are discussing . "

Traders and fitters regularly I'm in Adelaide Arcade after hours, also reported

Ms Allwood hopes for the trip not only makes people think differently about Adelaide Arcade, but encourages them to discover other cultural buildings.

"They are not big boring old buildings," she says. [19659003] "They are incredibly fascinating, and we hope our trip connects them with legacy and makes them support legacy more."

The tour, held on Thursday 3rd and 10th of May, is one of many events taking place to promote state collections, places and stories during the History Festival.

For the full program, starting April 28, visit



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