The Ghosts & Demons Of Luna Park, Sydney!

Many people can recall the fun of Sydney’s Luna Park as it has been an institution since the mid 1930’s. It was a place of fun and adventure in thrill of being alive and young at heart. The bright lights and screams of laughter made it a nice happy place to be enjoying the innocence of youth.However on June 9 1979 the cries of happiness turned into cries of desperation as a fire ironically swept through the ghost train at 10.15 pm. The fire consumed the ghost train building burning to the ground. Sadly 6 children and one adult were burned to death in the tragedy.

There were many accusations in regards to the fire and the fire investigation found that no known electrical fault caused the fire. The source of blaze has never been established. However the recommended remedial rectifications in 1977of short coming in firefighting sprinkler system and escape exists of ride was never addressed, as the theme parks owners was never acted upon the recommendations.

There was a coronal inquiry into the tragedy, but no charges were laid against the owners as they would today be seen as neglect of duty of care to their customers. The park closed for about 5 years and was later reopened under new ownership.

The rumours persisted of a leading underworld figure that was involved in try to get control of the park. Later there was claims from the niece of this underworld figure was involved. Nothing was proven however other than unbridled speculation.

The park new had a ghost train ride again. There is today a small plaque with the names of the victims from that terrible day.

And soon the terrible memories of that fateful faded from public memory.
Or had it, some people on entering the part came to spot where the ghost train once stood and have felt a cold shuddered down their spine perhaps a distant memory of that terrible tragedy? Soon stories began to circulate as do many urban legends of ghostly sounds after all the laughter and joy of the day has gone. Deep into the early hours when the park is closed there are strange stories of people hearing ghostly screams of that terrible tragedy.

One such story was from a teacher who told the story of what they had heard from one of their students who claimed “two years ago, I was staying at my cousins house, which is in units right behind Luna Park. We stayed up till 3am and our parents didn’t know we were awake. We heard kids screaming, so we looked out the window – and I swear we saw a fire in Luna Park and heard screaming for help and it then it disappeared. We were so freaked out eh, and no-one believed us”.

Was there any truth to this story or just an imaginative tale? Are there ghosts haunting Luna Park reenacting there final moments in the material world? Strange as it seems there was in the Sun Newspaper claims of an occult connection?

In an interview a few years later with Jennifer Poidevin who has remarried who was the mother of the two boys who along with her husband, that died in the fire: “We asked Damien and Craig what ride they’d like to go on again, they chose the Ghost Train. Little did I know? For some reason, suddenly I felt like an ice-cream. I asked the others if they wanted one, but they said no. I asked them to wait for me, but when I turned around they were gone.

I don’t know why they didn’t wait for me, as we’d been on every ride together that night. It still haunts me to this day. Something spiritual took over perhaps divine intervention?

Strangely she produced a photograph of her oldest son Damien taken earlier that day before he died with his brother and father in the fire. He is seen standing next to a strange sinister figure of a man in a slightly sinister looking horned bull suit that not one of the ex-employees knows of that character running around the park. And the identity of this strange man has never been discovered. Jennifer claimed the man came out of crowed and posed next to her son for a Photograph and melted back into the crowd.

Who was this man and why was he wearing a horned bull headdress? Strikingly similar in imagery is a mythical demon for out distant past; was there some occult Satanist connection?

In an old book on demons dating back to 1863 describes a horn bull called Moloch who was the god of the Ammonites, portrayed as a bronze statue with a calf’s head adorned with a royal crown and seated on a throne. His arms were extended to receive the child victims sacrificed to him. Milton wrote that Moloch was a frightening and terrible demon covered with mothers’ tears and children’s blood.

“Rabbis claim that in the famous statue of Moloch, there were seven kinds of cabinets. The first was for flour, the second for turtle doves, the third for a ewe, the fourth for a ram, the fifth for a calf, the sixth for a beef, and the seventh for a child. It is because of this, Moloch is associated with Mithras and his seven mysterious gates with seven chambers. When a child was sacrificed to Moloch, a fire was lit inside the statue. The priests would then beat loudly on drums & other objects so that the cries would not be heard.” Was this tragic fire part of some satanic ritual? And the sounds of the fun park drowned out the agony of death?

There were some strange coincidences. The Man dressed as bull that nobody knows the identity of. There was the startling photograph similar in image to a Demon that demanded child sacrifice.

Who was a Demon that had seven Gates for victims to burn in. and strangely enough there was seven victims in the Luna Park fire?

And the young boy named Damien which means to “To tame” in photograph next to the horned bull figure. And most intriguing thing of all is Jennifer’s original first married name. “Godson” Her son who perished in a fire with six other people name meant “to tame” ironically “Godson”

The question remains was Jennifer’s son picked out because of his name by a Satanist cult to be sacrificed to the Demon Moloch?And do the tormented souls of that terrible tragedy still haunt the Fun park in the depths of the night?


About Andrew

Co-founder & lead investigator of Paranormal Encounters. I've experienced the paranormal all my life, having encountered ghosts, angels and demons. I live in a haunted house and when not exploring and researching the unknown, I enjoy single malt Scotch whisky & potato chips (though not necessarily at the same time).