Hills to Hawkesbury Living Magazine - - History -

Ghost story re­ported in Sun­day Times (Perth, West­ern Aus­tralia; 1902 – 1954), Sun­day 19 July 1914 p.20, tells of a German, Herr Stolter­foht, trav­el­ling through Wise­man’s Ferry 1883.

“Stolter­foht on a ‘tour of the Hawkesbury’ ar­rived at Wise­man’s Ferry, and stayed at the lit­tle two­s­toreyed ho­tel. To his sur­prise, the land­lord came for­ward, greeted him ef­fu­sively, and led the way to the top storey. Here was pro­vided for Stolter­foht’s ac­com­mo­da­tion of a par­lour open­ing onto a bed­room with a bal­cony.

After din­ner, a row on the Hawkesbury, a drink and a chat, Stolter­foht re­tired. After sleep­ing about three hours, he sud­denly awoke with a feel­ing that there was some­one or some­thing in the room be­hind him. An icy cold shiver ran down his spine, and he feared at first to turn over in his bed to as­cer­tain who the in­truder (if any) might be. Even­tu­ally he summed up his courage, and slowly turned over, where to his as­ton­ish­ment he saw between him­self and the win­dow the fig­ure of a man. The ap­pari­tion did not move and was semi-trans­par­ent. The German lay for some time in a great fright, but even­tu­ally, pluck­ing great courage gath­ered up the bed­clothes walked through the par­lour onto the bal­cony, leav­ing the ghost in the apart­ment. After some con­sid­er­able time, the dis­turbed guest fell into a sleep on the bal­cony’s long chair, he was only awak­ened by the ris­ing sun.

Think­ing the mat­ter over in the day­light, Stolter­foht felt very much ashamed of his cow­ardice and stu­pid­ity, and con­cluded it was only fancy.

Next day on the jour­ney to Syd­ney, he was met by a coach go­ing with tourists for the Hawkesbury River, and both par­ties dined at the same ta­ble.

Op­po­site Stolter­foht at the ta­ble were a lady and gen­tle­man, who were con­vers­ing. The lady was go­ing, it ap­pears, to the Hawkesbury, while the gen­tle­man was bound else­where.

Presently Stolter­foht heard the gen­tle­man say – “I pre­sume you will stay at the Wise­mans Ferry Ho­tel?”

“Yes,” re­sponded the lady, “that is my in­ten­tion.”

“Well,” con­tin­ued the first speaker, “if you do, don’t take that end room on the top storey,” as “the ghost of old Wise­man al­ways ap­pears and pre­vents peo­ple from sleep­ing, and gives them the very deuce of a fright!”

This very much as­ton­ished Stolter­foht, and con­firmed that he him­self had re­ally seen Wise­man’s ghost.”

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