115 Russell Hotel, Sydney

Russell Hotel, The Rocks, in the en:City of Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Located on the corner of George Street, in The Rocks.
Photo: Rangasyd 

Is the Russell Hotel Haunted?

Is the Russell Hotel in Sydney, Australia haunted? In this episode Pat and Rebecca explore the history and hauntings of one of the most famous haunted hotels in Australia. Located in the historic The Rocks area and on land that was one of the first hospitals in Australia, this hotel is home to several ghosts. Or is it?  Listen and vote!

Questions Explored in this Episode

When was this area claimed by the English as a penal colony? What was the original hospital like? What were all the different hotels and public houses built in this location over the years? Who has owned the land? What paranormal activity do visitors claim to see? Who was the sailor and who was the lady in white that people claim to see?  Is it haunted?


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History of the Russell Hotel

Pat explores the history of the land from 1788 to today. Starting as the first hospital for the penal colony, this land changed hands many times and operated as many different public houses and hotels before becoming the historic place it is now.

The Debate

Pat and Rebecca debate if the hotel is haunted by looking at the stories of the murdered sailor in Room 8 and the Woman in White in the dining room as well as other paranormal activity.

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Sources for this Week’s Episode

Wikipedia: Russell Hotel, The Rocks – Wikipedia

The Russell Hotel: https://www.therussell.com.au/

The Rocks.com: The Russell Hotel | The Rocks

YouTube – “Overnight in a Haunted Murder Room – Ghosts of the Russell Hotel, Sydney” Amy’s Crypt https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S-bOnG4Ka_I

Lifestyle.Yahoo: We stayed a night in Sydney’s most haunted hotel

Explore Travel: 5 of Australia’s most haunted hotels | Explore Travel

Daily Mail: Lucy Thackray spent a night inside Australia’s haunted Russell Hotel | Daily Mail Online

Amy’s Crypt  – Most Haunted Hotel in Sydney: Ghosts of the Russell Hotel – Amy’s Crypt

Woman’s Day – Stay at Australia’s most haunted hotels | Woman’s Day

FitCity Tours: Ghost Stories Sydney

Haunted Auckland: Russell Hotel, Sydney | Paranormal NZ

Eidolon Paranormal: The Russell Hotel NSW | Paranormal Investigation | Eidolon Paranormal

Newsbreak.com – Sleep there is you dare | 24 Hours in Sydney

Seeks Ghosts:  Seeks Ghosts: The Rocks: Haunted Russell Hotel

Music for this episode was performed by Michael Rivers
Intro: “III. Allegro moderato from Gargoyles” by Lowell Liebermann
Outro: “Dream Images (Love-Death Music)” by George Crumb
Bumper: “Ghost Waltz” by Lowell Liebermann

“Pat Facts” and “Ghost Story” themes by Mondo
“Time for a Debate” theme by Gail Gallagher gailgallaghermusic.com