Campbelltown can be proud of its colonial heritage buildings – but not this one.
Mill House, 316 Queen Street (also known as Milby Cottage and Fisher’s Ghost Restaurant) was originally built in 1845 as a flour mill. It later served as a hospital before it was taken over for commercial purposes. When it became a quality restaurant my wife and I sometimes dined there in the 1980’s but not any more.
This listed building is now in total disarray, fenced off and heavily overgrown with trees, shrubs and vines. Reports indicate that the owner was in dispute with the Council over the property – and in the meantime the place has been left to rot in a fast-growing jungle.
What is the point of Heritage Listing this iconic local building, if it is to be left to decay over a petty disagreement that the owner has with authorities? As one astute commenter on my Fisher’s Ghost Panoramio page noted: “It’s called demolition by neglect”.
All images © R.Powell
The Macarthur Advertiser produced a brief News Video of the Fisher’s Ghost Restaurant travesty.