Sydney News: The legend of Fisher’s Ghost is born

17th September 1826

While Allan Cunningham was exploring and collecting in New Zealand on this day 17th September 1826, the legend of Fisher’s Ghost was born.

George Worrall was arrested on suspicion of the farmer Fred Fisher’s murder near Campbelltown a town south of Port Jackson.

During the trial George confessed to the murder…

Almost four months after the mysterious disappearance of Fred Fisher, in 1826 a strange occurrence took place in a local hotel. On that memorable night, a wealthy and respectable farmer, John Farley, stumbled into a local hotel in a state of shock. John claimed he had seen the ghost of Fred Fisher sitting on the rail of a bridge over a creek. The ghost pointed to a paddock down the creek then faded away.

The body of Fred Fisher was later discovered in the paddock where the ghost had pointed. His brother buried him locally in St Peter’s Graveyard, however no headstone was erected. ((Source:  Fisher’s Legend –  Campbelltown Council’s website))