Mr Cregg was a well-known tea traveller (someone who visited rural areas selling tea). On Friday the 8 November 1901 he spent the night at Wingham’s Australian Hotel where he had a vivid dream. In this dream he distinctly saw his son in Morpeth break his leg and afterwards was carried home by a well-known neighbour.
Mr Cregg was very troubled by this dream and decided to wait in Wingham to see if any unwelcome news came through. By Monday midday, having heard nothing, he continued with his work visiting the upper part of the Manning River. On his return to Wingham on the Wednesday he received a letter that had been waiting for him at the post office. It was from his wife stating that their son had badly broken and crushed his leg on Saturday night and their neighbour had carried him home. The same neighbour in his dream. The accident had occurred too late on Saturday to send a wire (a telegram – ask your parents!) so a letter had been sent instead. Many of those who heard this story took it as evidence that supernatural forces DO exist.1
Author: Janine Roberts
1 Scone Advocate, 26 November 1901, 4.