In 1904 a man called Thomas Houghton shot his wife dead in what used to be the laneway next to the arcade.
She ran into the arcade to get help before taking her last breath.
Ms Leaney said some traders had even reported hearing a child’s voice and laugh, who some claim is the ghost of a girl who was suffocated by her mother.
Francis Cluney’s story and that of the other ghosts were captured by Fox TV show haunting australia , which went inside Manhattan Dry Cleaners, close to the spot where it is believed Mr Cluney died.
Manhattan Dry Cleaner business owner Bronwyn Berry admitted she was a sceptic but even she believed there was something following the show’s filming.
Mrs Berry told news.com.au her daughter and brother-in-law both reported encounters with Francis.
She said when psychics were brought in following filming, problems began occurring with one of their machines. Her brother-in-law ended up apologising to the ghost for bringing strangers into the shop and everything went back to normal after that. Mrs Berry said whether it was all coincidence or not, they had been in the arcade for 40 years and weren’t thinking about moving elsewhere because of an apparent ghost.
Arcade’s resident psychic Joan Lesley told The Advertiser in 2004 that Francis wasn’t the only ghost to walk the mall’s floors, with his friend Ken also believed to haunt the arcade.
“There’s a woman here but she won’t tell me her name — she smothered her child with a pillow and is too ashamed to identify herself,” she said.
“They have a real attachment to the building and are really quite harmless.”