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Belief in the spirits was prolific among European migrants to Bendigo. Not only were there the old folkish traditions of the Baen sidhe and ghosts among the Irish, there were new philosophies and religious movements emerging in the cultural melting pot of Victoria’s goldfields. Of these the most prolific was the philosophy and religious tradition of Spiritualism.
From its first manifestations in the rappings and tappings of the Fox Sisters in 1848 New York, Spiritualism was based on the assumption that the soul or spirit persisted beyond death and retained memories of its earthly experiences and a continuing interest in the affairs of living people. Through the support of a medium, the dead could be contacted for earthly advice and reconciliation.
Join Dr David Waldron for a fascinating lecture on the proliferation of alternative spiritual philosophies in Victoria’s 19th century goldfields.