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December 7, 2020 6 min

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Historical Facts

Erected between 1865 and 1867, following Queensland's separation from New South Wales in 1859, this building housed the new Queensland Parliament when it first met in 1868. Designed by Colonial Architect Charles Tiffin in a Classical Revival style, it is one of Queensland's most beautiful and historically significant masonry buildings.

An additional video (Wills 1899) can be found above which shows the actuality footage of Lord Lamington, then Governor of Queensland arriving by horse-drawn carriage to open Queensland Parliament on the 18th May 1899. Frederick Charles Wills, the
Queensland Department of Agricultures official photographer shot this footage with the help of his assistant Henry William Mobsby in 1899 and the next day had a separate showing at the Queensland Amateur Photographic Society.

The State Library of Queensland holds within its archive collections a variety of materials concerning Queensland Parliament House from its inception to current times. Myles Sinnamon (2015), a Project Coordinator based at the State Library of Queensland has collated a visual history of Parliament House within his 2015 online blog.

Haunting Folklore

Former Speaker of the House, the Honourable George Pollock's Suicide

The Honourable George Pollock, Speaker of the Queensland Legislative Assembly was found dead in Parliament House around 1pm on 24th March 1939 (Worker 1939, p. 1). His body, and a spent shotgun with a string attached to its trigger discovered by his side by Miss Curnow, the Manageress of the Parliamentary Refreshment Room on entry to the Speaker’s Room. The Speaker dead before a Doctor could be procured. A suicide note was found on a nearby table which sadly read: "A complete mental and nervous breakdown.  Cannot carry on. Too much pain. George Pollock. Postscript. My poor tortured brain. Goodbye to my loved ones". Mr. Pollock had taken his own life.

Marjorie Rose Norval Disappearance

The official version of events would have most believe that he had suffered ill health and mental issues for some time, and his suicide was in fact inevitable. However, others who have researched the events say that there may have been a different reason for his demise, namely, the disappearance of Marjorie Rose Norval (Sim 2017).

Mr. Pollock’s ill health seemed to start around the time of her disappearance, and it is said that she was in fact pregnant with the child of a man of high standing, one who was already married and perhaps in a position of great power within the State of Queensland. An inconvenient ‘love child’ perhaps derailing a future Premiership or possibly a life of higher office.

Whatever occurred in reality, it is obvious to the security guards at Parliament House that the Speaker has not moved on and has unfinished business. Ghostly gunshots have been heard coming from the Speaker’s Room, as well as sightings of the man himself on regular occasions.

A number of other spirits have also been seen in various locations within Parliament House, for example, the Strongroom has attracted a black shadow guard, as well as the sauna in the rear Parliamentary Annex has a number of ghostly figures enjoying the facilities at night.

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