Jenny Dixon Beach ghost and other spooky tales explored at Tuggerah Library on November 10 and 12

LONELY STRETCH: For decades, stories about the ghost of Jenny Dixon Beach (pictured) have been the stuff of legend. A ghostly young girl wearing white is reportedly seen on the sand at night, and also on isolated sections of Wilfred Barrett Drive. Picture: Fairfax Media.
LONELY STRETCH: For decades, stories about the ghost of Jenny Dixon Beach (pictured) have been the stuff of legend. A ghostly young girl wearing white is reportedly seen on the sand at night, and also on isolated sections of Wilfred Barrett Drive. Picture: Fairfax Media.

SHE is the Central Coast’s most famous ghost, and now her legend and “hundreds of credible sightings” over the past 40 years have inspired a film.

Local filmmaker Chris Halling has made a thriller about the ghost of Jenny Dixon Beach, and will speak about the project at Tuggerah Library on Saturday, November 12, at 11am.

Mr Halling has been fascinated by the ghost story for years, and did extensive research with the help of a paranormal investigator on the many hundreds of sightings, including by local police, of the ghost of a young girl wearing a white dress.

“It is widely believed the ghost is that of a young school girl who was abducted by a group of young men as she walked home along the lonely stretch of Wilfred Barrett Drive, between The Entrance and Norah Head, in the 1970s,” a spokesperson for Central Coast Council said.

“The young woman was raped, bashed and left for dead at a local reserve at Jenny Dixon Beach. She later died from her injuries.

“No one was ever charged with the young woman’s murder, but the men who were believed to have been involved claimed to be haunted by her ghost, and have since turned up dead, one by one.”

Local police have received many reports about a hitch hiking ghost along that stretch of road and written police reports of the sightings “run into the hundreds”, the spokesperson said.

“Even a doctor who had no knowledge of the area or of the legend reported seeing the ghost of the murdered girl while he was driving along Wilfred Barrett Drive.”

Mr Halling’s talk at the library will be preceded by another ghostly presentation on Thursday, November 10, at 2pm.

That’s when clairvoyant Renata Daniel will present a talk called ‘Ghosts From Our Past: Urban Legends and Living History’.

An historian, ghost hunter, clairvoyant and owner and tour guide of the multi-award winning Newcastle Heritage and Ghost Tours, Daniel will tell stories about the Hunter region’s dark and haunted past, and explain some of the most famous ghost stories.

Tuggerah Library branch manager Susan Davy said the question of whether or not ghosts existed had fascinated human beings for hundreds of years.

“Some of the finest minds in history have been fascinated with the question of whether ghosts really do exist and it remains a subject of great curiosity today,” Ms Davy said.

“Urban legends and ghost stories are a way of remembering our past and giving it meaning. They are mysterious as they involve paranormal activity and raise the question of the afterlife.”

  • Bookings are essential for both events by calling Tuggerah Library on 4350 1560.

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