Since 1956, Campbelltown has celebrated the annual week-long Festival of Fisher’s Ghost. This festival includes a parade through Queen Street, a fun run, street fair, craft exhibition, carnival, fireworks, music, competitions, a Fisher’s Ghost Art Award and more. Lots of people know and love this festival, but not all of them know the true legend of Fisher’s Ghost.
On the 17th of June, 1826, a farmer named Fred Fisher suddenly disappeared. His friend and neighbour, George Worrall, claimed that he had returned to England, where he was born. Worrall also claimed that before departing, Fisher had given Worrall power of attorney over his property and general affairs. Shortly after, Worrall claimed that Fisher had written to him, advising that he was not returning to Australia… and that Worrall could have his farm.
4 months later...
A respectable local man named John Farley ran into a local hotel in a very agitated state, and claimed that he had seen the ghost of Fred Fisher sitting on the railing of a nearby bridge. Farley noted that the ghost did not speak, but rather, simply pointed to a paddock beyond the creek, before disappearing.
Initially, people dismissed Farley’s claims. However, the suspicious circumstances surrounding Fisher’s disappearance eventually aroused sufficient suspicion that a police search of the paddock to which the ghost had pointed was undertaken. During the police search, the remains of a murdered Fred Fisher were discovered buried by the side of a creek.
George Worrall was arrested, confessed and hanged for his crime.
I personally believe that John Farley knew something, but was too scared to admit it, so he made up a ghost story.
Nonetheless, next time you’re enjoying your carnival and fireworks, remember…
Buried in the cemetery at St. Peter’s Anglican Church in Campbelltown, is Fred Fisher.