The Festival of Fisher’s Ghost is one of Australia’s longest running community events and it comes to life over 10 days in Campbelltown from October 30 to November 9.
During the festival there are lots of fun events including a spectacular Street Parade, the prestigious Fisher’s Ghost Arts Award, the annual Fisher’s Ghost Fun Run, a Street Fair, Craft Exhibition, open day and a giant carnival with fireworks. Here is a link to the official website for more info.
The festival is named after Australia’s most famous ghost, Frederick Fisher. The story of the ghost in more detail here but, in a nutshell, Fred was a convict who was sentenced to 14 years in London for forgery and transported to NSW. He was eventually granted a ticket-of-leave and some land and became a Campbelltown farmer. In 1826 he mysteriously disappeared and his neighbour, George Worrall, let everyone know that Fisher had sailed back to England. A few weeks later, George sold Fred’s horse and belongings and people became suspicious. Then, one night, a wealthy and respectable farmer by the name of John Farley stumbled into a local pub in a state of shock. He has just seen the ghost of Frederick Fisher, sitting on the rail of a bridge over a creek, pointing at a paddock… and that’s where they later found the body. During the trial, George confessed to the murder.
Fisher’s Ghost Premium Lager is one of the fine boutique beers brewed on site at Rydges Campbelltown’s Infusion Bar & Brewery and, of course, we are handy to all the festival fun for all your accommodation needs.