Steve Butcher, or Jimmy the Warden when in character, at Old Dubbo Gaol. Photo: BELINDA SOOLEStanding in the solitary confinement of the Old Dubbo Gaol, even for the mere second I managed to bear it, I could feel the air becoming harder to swallow.
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It felt heavy on my shoulders and imaginary shadows danced in my head, even though it was too dark to even see the hand in front of my face.

Perhaps it was my claustrophobia or the occasional fear of the dark I don’t like to admit to.

Either way, it makes me wonder how three guys are managing to travel the country in search of Australia’s most haunted locations and spend an entire night in each, for a documentary series they are filming.

This Friday, they come to Dubbo.

Ghozt Crew is an Australian documentary series that follows Rob Kerr, Josh O’Sullivan and Don Meers as they capture some of what they believe to be the most compelling paranormal footage ever taken.

“They are documenting the historical side of things and conducting a paranormal investigation as well, which is very cool and very daring,” Old Dubbo Gaol performer attendant Vanessa Verergang said.

She has worked at the gaol for about five or six years, and while she doesn’t believe she has seen a ghost there, she said there had been times at the gaol when she “just didn’t feel right”.

“I’ve never met so many people who have said they didn’t believe but then they saw something,” Ms Verergang said.

“A lot of the time it’s an optical illusion.”

Josh Ronan, who works at the gaol as well, whipped out his phone at that stage and showed me a picture of some light hitting a passageway in the building where the male cells were.

You could see it was just the way the sun was coming through the open door at the end, but it

really did look like the shape of a human.

“It’s pretty scary locking up at night,” Ms Verergang said.

“But nothing really weird or scary has happened so if there are ghosts here they obviously don’t mind us being here.”

The documentry crew will be filming at the Old Dubbo Gaol this Friday night.

They recently finished at the Maitland Gaol.

The Old Dubbo Gaol was a courthouse lockup in 1847 before it was proclaimed an official gaol in 1859.

It closed operations as a penal institution in 1966 and officially re-opened as a tourist attraction in 1974.

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