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The Ghost of Samuel Marsden : Windsor: NSW
« on: January 08, 2022, 09:32:52 AM »
St Matthews Anglican Rectory Windsor was built in 1824 and is a two storey Georgian building with an ornate central front door, a semi-circular fanlight and carved wooden cornice. At the end of the central hall, a staircase curves up the semicircular wall.

Reverend Samuel Marsden arrived in the colony of NSW in 1794. In 1800 Marsden succeeded Reverend Richard Johnson and became the senior Church of England chaplain in New South Wales, a post he would keep until his death. During this time he was also a Magistrate and made seven voyages to New Zealand as a missionary.

Samuel Marsden was known to be often ‘out of temper’. It is claimed he inflicted severe punishments of extended floggings, and has gone down in history as the notorious ‘flogging parson’. Marsden was visiting the  Rev. Stiles at Windsor, where he had gone in ill health for a rest, when he died at the Rectory in the middle of the night on May 12, 1838.

But it seems that one hundred and fifty years later he decided to reappear!

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Re: The Ghost of Samuel Marsden : Windsor: NSW
« Reply #1 on: January 08, 2022, 09:34:28 AM »
Windsor antique dealer the late Alex Hendrickson had the shock of his life while he was walking past the rectory one night, when at the clump of trees besides the building he was confronted by the ghost of Reverend Samuel Marsden.  “It looked like a figure dressed in dark robes. He had a very round face with what appeared to be a cruel look in his eyes”.

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Re: The Ghost of Samuel Marsden : Windsor: NSW
« Reply #2 on: January 08, 2022, 09:35:54 AM »
However, this was not the first sighting, Lorna Campbell, the daughter of the Freemans Reach School master, and her family took up a lease of the rectory in 1923 while the incumbent was overseas, tells personally of a similar experience. She reported lying terrified in her bed and hearing the footsteps coming up the stairs one step at a time on several occasions, and each time when she finally summoned up the courage to open the door and look, no-one was there. She said that she always felt it was Marsden because she knew that he had died there.

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Re: The Ghost of Samuel Marsden : Windsor: NSW
« Reply #3 on: January 08, 2022, 09:39:10 AM »
But it wasn’t just footsteps on the stairs but cutlery rustling in the drawer of the sideboard that was heard by Rev. Norman Jenkyn in the early 1900s. He also constantly heard the distinct sound of a person ascending the carved staircase one stair at a time, until they reached the top stair, but when he rushed out of his bedroom no-one was there.

But it seems Marsden is still not at rest and even more recently he was still seen lurking in the rectory. A long term resident of the rectory reported seeing the apparition of Marsden standing at the top of the ornate staircase on several occasions. He however wasn’t disturbed and put it down to one of the factors of  living in such an old historic building.

Is the ghost of Reverend Samuel Marsden still haunting the rectory at Windsor?

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Re: The Ghost of Samuel Marsden : Windsor: NSW
« Reply #4 on: January 09, 2022, 11:07:20 AM »
One of the most colourful of the ministers of St Matthew’s church over the centuries who is associated with the most widely known story was Reverend Norman Jenkyn, who came in 1906 from a small church in the Illawarra.

Initially Jenkyn was looked after by an elderly housekeeper and then by a Japanese groom and cook. All three grew more and more alarmed in the large old rooms of the rectory, as odd happenings were revealed. Both Rev. Jenkyn and his housekeeper, on separate occasions, heard the noise of someone rummaging in the drawer of the sideboard in the dining room.

The housekeeper was upset but Jenkyn had almost anticipated such happenings when he first saw the rectory and said it was “hoary with age and reeks of tradition, and to the passer-by truly suggests ghosts”.

The minister regarded ghosts as good company and thought of such unseen things as ‘not temporal, but eternal’, but his sister was so disturbed by occurrences during her visit that she left soon after she arrived.

The Japanese cook also left abruptly after one of the sightings on a cold winter’s night. They were sitting by the fire in the dining room and heard footsteps along the back flag-stoned corridor, followed by the sound of bricks being laid.

The suspense after 20 minutes was too much but when they went out to look,nobody was there. On many occasions the reverend found the locked front doors open on his return home.

Footsteps on the stairs were also heard by a later resident in the rectory. Rev. Jenkyn heard them ascending the carved staircase one stair at a time, until they reached the top stair, but when he rushed out of his bedroom no-one was there.

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Re: The Ghost of Samuel Marsden : Windsor: NSW
« Reply #5 on: January 09, 2022, 09:46:36 PM »
Here are some pictures posted below of St Matthews Anglican Rectory Windsor then and now. Also a painting of the Reverend Samuel Marsden better known as the flogging parson.

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Re: The Ghost of Samuel Marsden : Windsor: NSW
« Reply #6 on: January 13, 2022, 04:57:54 PM »
The rectory is going extensive restoration at present by the new private owners. It will be interesting to see if they release on facebook any images of inside the old building. And give any updates on any potential paranormal activity that may still be there?

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