A Rainy Day Encounter at The Foundry

24 June 2024 | Haunted locations, Your Stories, Your True Encounters

It was mid-2008, on a rain-soaked winter’s day in Melbourne. My wife was building her business in a CBD shopping centre called The Foundry, an old building with a rich history. Back in the 1850s, during Melbourne’s gold rush, it had been a metal casing factory.

I decided to visit my wife’s shop to see if she needed a hand with anything. She was setting up a few rooms for client use, and I thought I might be able to help. The shopping centre was relatively new, so there weren’t many stores open yet.

As I walked through the shop, I passed by one of the rooms under construction. Inside, I saw a couple of lads working on what looked like plumbing. They’d made a big hole in the floor and were dressed in what seemed like old brown workers’ outfits. I didn’t think much of it at the time.

“G’day,” I said as I walked past.

They looked up and nodded in acknowledgment before getting back to their work. I continued on to the kitchenette at the back of the store where my wife was.

“Who were you talking to?” she asked as I approached.

“The lads in the room, of course,” I replied. “The ones working on the plumbing.”

She gave me a puzzled look. “There’s nobody here other than me.”

“Rubbish,” I said. “I just saw them. They’re working on a big hole in the floor in one of the rooms.”

“Let’s go take a look,” she suggested, clearly doubtful.

We walked back to the room where I’d seen the workers. I was ready to point them out, but as we entered, I was struck dumb. The room was empty. There was no hole in the floor, no workers, nothing. It was just an empty room with the light off.

I flicked on the light switch, half expecting the men to materialize, but the bare room remained unchanged. I walked around, touching the floor where I’d seen the hole. It was solid. No sign of any recent work.

“I don’t understand. They were right here. They even acknowledged me when I said hello.”

My wife looked at me, concerned.

I couldn’t shake the eeriness of the situation. I knew what I’d seen, but there was no evidence to back it up. The room was undisturbed, as if no one had been there at all.

It was a strange experience that I still can’t explain to this day.

Submitted by Conarelli

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