This photo of Hollylea House was taken in 1980
Drama and controversy seemed to follow Nathaniel Boon all his life. Some of the dramas included:
- Indicted in a London court for stealing a watch and chain. He was found guilty and sentenced to transportation to NSW.
- Fred Fisher took Nathaniel Boon to court, claiming he refused to honour an agreement. But Boon satisfied the court that the signature on the agreement was forged. Boon then declared his intention to lay charges against Fisher for forgery.
- Boon standing for trial for the murder of John Phillips on Long Cove Bridge on Parramatta Road. He was heading towards Campbelltown. Boon was found not guilty.
- When convict Jane New escaped gaol in 1829 she made her way to Amos Crisp's house at Upper Minto. Three constables came searching the house and Jane escaped...to Nathaniel Boon's house! Boon had a connection to Amos Crisp through his mistress Sarah.
- His son Daniel was hanged for murder at Wagga in 1876.
- Boon's lifeless body was found in 1839 with marks on the throat caused by the effects of suffocation, brought on by drunkenness.
The Three Brothers Inn became known as The Traveller's Home in 1854, after it was licensed by William Ray. The inn closed its doors in 1858 after the railway line between Campbelltown and Liverpool was opened. It became a private residence known as Borobine House. It was renamed Holly Lea by parliamentarian John Davies after he purchased it in 1884. Today it is spelt as Hollylea.
FOWLER, Verlie 1991
The Legend of Fisher's Ghost
In Grist Mills, Vol. 25 No. 3, November 2012