Victoria's Oldest Morgue: A Peek into the Past
Welcome to Victoria's oldest morgue, standing tall since 1859—a place that holds stories of a different time. Built next to Gem Pier by prisoners, it once housed victims of scarlet and yellow fever, leaving behind chilling tales in its aged walls.
Now silent and rarely explored, the morgue bears the weight of its history. Caution to those who are pregnant, sensitive, or easily nervous—entering might bring on nausea, headaches, and odd dreams for up to a week, as shared by those who ventured in.
Originally facing the water, it let the tide take away remnants of the deceased, feeding the hungry fish and seagulls. Inside, bodies hung upside down from hooks, wrapped in hessian sacks, with only basic tools for grim procedures.
Moved from Gem Pier in 1873 due to complaints, the morgue still kept its discomforting aura. Even in the 1890s, the mayor claimed he could smell its occupant from over 150 yards away.
Inspected in 1921, issues persisted, leading to the morgue's closure in 1925. But, the stillness didn't silence its eerie tales.
The morgue, now a haven for phantoms, shares stories of Dr. Edward Garland Figg's experiments gone wrong—unexpected slumbers, chloroform mishaps, and strange smells that even a butcher mayor noticed.
Joining these tales are spirits like Daniel, the shipbuilder who met a tragic end, Agnes Victoria Hall, the first autopsy, and William Mackrell, the local contractor with an uncertain fate.
Are you ready to step into the aged corridors, switch off the lights, and take a journey back in time? Victoria's oldest morgue, with its chilling history, waits for those who want to uncover the stories etched into its worn walls.