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Reply hiddencanberra
6:14 PM on April 26, 2015 
Update of information Woden Cemetery Burial Register: A relative of Baby Maria Strangio who died 21 August 1958 and Maria Strangio who died 5 September 1958 has added the correction and additional information: The burial register has the name: Mr Frances Strangio - his full correct name is Francesco Antonio Strangio and the address is 8 Strzelecki Crescent Narrabundah. Maria Strangio's full name is Maria Antonia Strangio. Ann
Reply hiddencanberra
4:19 PM on February 15, 2010 
Bronwen Hughes says...
Mr Grandmother was Lily Barraclough wife of Percy Lewis Barraclough who hyou mention in "Early Canberra", They brought up 3 girls whilst living in the Home & Territories Camp at Duntroon. Percy died of heart problems and was buried in St. Johns Anglican Church yard. My mother was born after her fathers death in 1918. I cannot imagine how hard life would have been for Lilly and her family, she was emplyed in the college as a nurse/househeeper and Percy was employed as a painter/handyman.
Reply hiddencanberra
4:19 PM on February 15, 2010 
Bronwen, Glad to catch up - I am not sure if the original information came from you and if so I do not have your current e-mail. I am rewriting the Builders and will add your information in Duntroon section. As I write I think of the people who lived in the camps and settlements - particularly the women - Thanks so much for getting back to me and I will add the additional information. Ann
Reply Bronwen Hughes
4:23 AM on February 15, 2010 
Mr Grandmother was Lily Barraclough wife of Percy Lewis Barraclough who hyou mention in "Early Canberra", They brought up 3 girls whilst living in the Home & Territories Camp at Duntroon. Percy died of heart problems and was buried in St. Johns Anglican Church yard. My mother was born after her fathers death in 1918. I cannot imagine how hard life would have been for Lilly and her family, she was emplyed in the college as a nurse/househeeper and Percy was employed as a painter/handyman.
Reply Rosi Wagner
6:45 AM on November 15, 2009 
canberrahidden says...
Rosi, I hope that you check back on this page. In my recent book, A Story of Capital Hill, which at some time in the future I want to put on the web, I do have some information about the Post WW2 Hostels - Hillside and Capital Hill on Capital Hill. My husband lived at Capital Hill Hostel. Some information is now on-line in the NLA newspapers' collections. If you go to the contact page you will find my e-mail and I can give you further information. Alan Foskett has also written on the hostels post WW2 and some before. This is a period of our history that should not be forgotten. Ann

Thanks for the reply but I did not find your e-mail .
Rosi
Reply Maree
5:56 AM on November 15, 2009 
Lisa Frey says...
Wow! What an interesting site! My husband and I had the opportunity to stay at Duntroon in the Crowley room in 2005, a rare treat. We heard the stories of hauntings from the woman who checked us in and gave us a brief tour of the house, but we laughed them off. My husband, a US Marine, left early (around 6:00 am) to go visit the Marines at the US Embassy. A short time later, I felt him return to the bed so I rolled over, saying "that didn't take long". I was stunned to find myself completely alone. The fire had gone out; the space heaters were off (my husband said he didn't touch them) and the room felt excessively cold. I got up, quickly dressed and went downstairs for tea while I waited for my husband to return. Though my husband said I was probably dreaming, I believe with all my heart that I had a ghostly encounter. The staff agreed and told me of the "bottom shaped" dent in the bedcovers that they found regularly despite the room being unoccupied and the mattress being new. Overall, it was an eerie and delightful event that made my trip to Canberra that much better!


Hi Lisa,
The woman who leaves the indent is Marrianne Collison-Campbell, the mother of Sophia Susannah Campbell. She still walks the place protecting her beloved Campbell name. A descendant once stated that Marrianne (allegedly) "Would kill anyone who disgraced the Campbell name, even her own children".
Reply canberrahidden
2:09 AM on November 15, 2009 
Thanks Peter, I also note that you send a facebook comment too and somehow I managed to lose it. Thankyou for your comment. The local history of Canberra is a passion of mine - because it is in danger of being lost. Ann
Reply hiddencanberra
2:07 AM on November 15, 2009 
Peter Holland says...
What a lovely site! thank-you very much for allowing us an insight of a canberra that we would never have seen if not for this site.
Reply canberrahidden
2:06 AM on November 15, 2009 
Rosi, I hope that you check back on this page. In my recent book, A Story of Capital Hill, which at some time in the future I want to put on the web, I do have some information about the Post WW2 Hostels - Hillside and Capital Hill on Capital Hill. My husband lived at Capital Hill Hostel. Some information is now on-line in the NLA newspapers' collections. If you go to the contact page you will find my e-mail and I can give you further information. Alan Foskett has also written on the hostels post WW2 and some before. This is a period of our history that should not be forgotten. Ann
Reply canberrahidden
2:02 AM on November 15, 2009 
Rosi says...
What an interesting site. I used to live in Canberra from 1950 - October 1960 and I am stil trying to get more information and fotos about Capital Hill the camp were the people lived with there familes when they came from europe. Maybe someone can help me.