Dictionary of Sydney: Fisher’s Ghost

In a special Halloween edition of Dictionary of Sydney, Jess was joined by Dr Rachel Franks to chat about a true crime case that has become a legend (and annual festival) in Campbelltown.

It begins when Frederick Fisher pulls out a knife and uses it during a dispute with William Brooker. Anticipating a long trial and imprisonment, Fisher gives a power of attorney to neighbour and fellow convict William Worrall. However, Brooker is deemed to be a bad witness and Fisher returns to his home in Campbelltown until June 1826 when he disappears.

What happens next in this bizarre story will surprise you.

The Festival of Fisher’s Ghost runs from November 2-11.

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