In Campbelltown, New South Wales on an evening in 1826, a figure materialised beside a bridge as a frightened witness looked on. The figure did not speak, but pointed towards a small creek around the nearby paddock. The figure slowly disappeared as it followed the creek’s course.
The witness, a local farmer, ran into the local pub and told his fellow patrons that he had seen the ghost of Frederick Fisher. Frederick Fisher had disappeared some months previously, but friend and neighbour, George Worrall informed everyone that Fisher had returned to England. Worrall also claimed that Fisher had given him the deeds to his farm as he planned to stay in England.
The suspicions surrounding Fisher’s disappearance encouraged police to look into the matter. Aided by an aboriginal tracker, the police found the body of a brutally battered corpse hidden in a shallow grave. Worrall confessed to the murder, was found guilty and hung for his crime.
Despite the controversy, Fisher’s Ghost has worked its way into Australian folklore. A festival is held in Campbelltown every year in his honour.
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