Campbelltown is the next of the ‘identity’ towns in the Sydney basin. Those that have lived in Campbelltown for some years have never considered themselves Sydneysiders. That said, the last 30 years has seen the town/region grow ten-fold. With that growth, heritage has nearly been lost.
Not long after the arrival of the First Fleet in Sydney in 1788, a small herd of six cattle escaped and weren't seen again by the British settlers for seven years. And in 1795 the British found a herd of around 60 cattle grazing in the area.
In 1826, local farmer Frederick Fisher disappeared. According to folklore, his ghost appeared sitting on a fence rail over a creek just south of the town and pointed to a site where his body was later found to be buried. In memory of the incident, the Fishers Ghost festival is held each November in Campbelltown.
Campbelltown is a ‘developers’ town and the loss of anything ‘old’ now features in a lack of appreciation with the community. There is no real reason to visit.