The Ghost upon the Rail – Differences Between Real Events

  • Fisher was sent to Australia for being in possession of d money, not for throwing a stone that accidentally killed someone.
  • Fisher had been in Australia for only ten years at the time of his murder, not twenty-eight years.
  • Far from being out of contact with his family, Fisher had a brother (Henry, also a convict) living in Australia.
  • Fisher’s writing was not in the same style as all “uneducated working men” of the colony. He was one of the few convicts. Before getting his , he spent most of his sentence doing office work. Several witnesses knew his signature well enough to be able to say whether or not it was real.
  • Fisher was far from the ed man that we see in Lang’s story. After becoming successful as a farmer, he turned his attention to developing buildings. When a he owed money to rudely asked for it, there was a fight in which Fisher pulled out a knife and bed the man.
  • Fisher gave George Worrall the Power of Attorney around six months before he disappeared. This was done shortly after the fight with the carpenter, because Fisher thought he could face a long jail term. However, he received a surprisingly light sentence and was back within a few months. Two months later he disappeared.
  • Worrall did not move into Fisher’s house when given the Power of Attorney. Fisher didn’t even have a house on his farm! In fact, Fisher and his servants lived in rooms on Worrall’s farm.
  • Worrall did not say that Fisher had sailed for England to see his family and find a wife. He said that it was because he was worried about another charge for forging documents that was about to be made against Fisher in Australia.
  • Fisher did not have a Certificate of Freedom. He was still on his Ticket of Leave, and would have immediately been put back in prison if he had gone back to England.
  • Worrall did not try to sell Fisher’s farm. He began to sell off Fisher’s horses and personal effects, claiming that Fisher had sold them to him before sailing.
  • Fisher’s body was buried in the ground, not thrown in a water-hole.
  • The ghost was seen once and by only one man, not twice and by three men. And the sighting was by a man walking home from a pub, not three men in a cart on the way home from market.
  • There was no evidence given or discussion about the ghost at the trial

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