GULGONG PIONEERS MUSEUM

Museum Corner

keeping the past alive

02 6374 1513

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73 Herbert Street

Gulgong, NSW

2852

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NEW ITEMS DONATED TO THE MUSEUM

Shoes under the floorboards

    Two shoes found under the floorboards of the Two Mile Flat Post Office and donated to the Gulgong Museum in 2014.  One small childís shoe and the other a small womanís shoe.  Both very well worn believed to ward off evil.

When renovating an old house, do not be surprised if you find an old shoe. These shoes were placed in walls, under floorboards or behind chimneys to ward off evil spirits. The shoes are well worn and usually not in pairs.  This is only a part of the culture of folk magic that came to Australia in the period from 1788 to 1935 with the convicts and settlers.

Shoes were believed to have powerful anti-ghost properties and explains why they are found in so many old homes under floorboards.