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I've been aware of Neil Campbell since 1988 but didn't really know much about him until last night when in an idle moment I did a WILL WILL ROOK search on Trove. I thought he was just an absentee land owner. I was left wondering where he'd come from if he indeed did settle at Campbellfield, if he was related to Robert Campbell Jnr and J.D.Lyon Campbell, and from which of these three the name of Campbellfield was derived. As I was focussed on the area within a handful of miles of Tullamarine and had no way of finding answers, they were put into the too-hard file. But I was not the only one wondering. I googled ROBERT CAMPBELL JUNIOR, WILL WILL ROOK, KEELBUNDORA and found this journal by BEZZA, my history buddy almost since 1988, whom I'd never actually met until the launch of the most valuable book about the Will Will Rook Cemetery a few years ago. I have taken the liberty of putting the name of J.D.Lyons Campbell's 50 acre property at Abbotford, to which Georgiana McCrae walked, into bold type with inverted commas to prevent any assumptions that her destination was the present suburb.

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There has been much confusion about the naming of Campbellfield. Robert Campbell Jnr had land near Mahoneys Rd, (lived in Sydney a Shipping Merchant), Neil Campbell had land in Will Will Rook as well as Keelbundora. 1841 Census of NSW Neil Campbell was the only one living on his land. Part of which he gave for the Scots Church in Sydney Road and another in Camp Road for the Will Will Rook Pioneer Cemetery.
James David Lyon Campbell, has been given credit for the naming of this suburb, but he never lived there, his land was closer to Coburg, this was only one of his property's South of Boundary Rd. the main property was in the now suburb of Abbotsford, on the Yarra, named Campbellfield. 50 Acres, on which he built a large Homestead, Georgiana Macrea, mentions in her Journal, that she often walked to "Campbellfield" for morning tea. JD Lyon Campbell, was mixing with the elite so to speak, and when he died his death was registered at St James Church and the place of death is Campbellfield, his property on the Yarra. a more well known person, so was given the credit. He died in 1844 only 34yrs old, his wife and children, left Melbourne in 1848 and returned to England. selling the property to John Dight, his brother Charles was advertising the property for rent, and people to contact him at the adjoining property Yarra Ford.

This is the article that I found last night during my WILL WILL ROOK search which told me about Neil and his brothers and most importantly, that Neil had died at Geelong in 1882, the big breakthrough.


From my post in the WE REMEMBER TULLAMARINE AND MILES AROUND Facebook group written last night.
I've never seen mention of his wife.

EventDeath Event registration number8818 Registration year1882
Personal information
Family nameCAMPBELL Given namesNeil SexUnknown Father's nameNeil Mother's name* Place of birth Place of deathG'LONG Age83 Spouse's family nameDRUMMOND Spouse's given namesJennie

* The death record of Alexander "Port Fairy Campbell" whose 1890 obituary proves that he was the one mentioned in the 1935 article about the CAMPBELL BROTHERS, hence a brother of Neil, gives his mother's name as Ann {Mclean).

The Campbellfield Wikipedia entry does not even mention Neil and there does not seem to be an AUSTRALIAN DICTIONARY OF BIOGRAPHY entry.
Campbellfield was a recognised place name when his daughter, Flora, was born in 1843.

Record information
EventBirth Event registration number946 Registration year1843
Personal information
Family nameCAMPBELL Given namesFlora SexFemale Father's nameCAMPBELL Neil Mother's nameJessie (Unknown) Place of birthCAMPBELLFIELD

The locality near the Broadmeadows Railway station was originally known as Campbellfield until the station was given that name in circa 1872, the reason that Broadmeadows Township acquired the name of WEST BROADMEADOWS, now WESTMEADOWS. Campbellfield was IN Will Will Rook; the article implied that they were distinct areas.

The Campbell Brothers article, like most histories ignored the womenfolk who did as much pioneering as the men. It is likely that one of Neil's sisters came out with him and his brothers. Her name was Flora and she married three years after Neil's daughter, Flora, was born in 1843.

"In 1841 Captain Campbell built a house in Port Fairy for his sisters, and it is still standing in Gipps-street, opposite the site of Jonathan Griffith's first house."

At Glengyll, on Tuesday 14th instant, by the Rev. James Forbes, Donald Maclean, Esq.,Geelong, to Flora, fourth daughter of Neil Campbell, Esq.,Freshnish*, Argyleshire, Scotland.(P.2, The Melbourne Argus, 24-7-1846.)
* At the closest point the Treshnish Isles are 3km west of the Isle of Mull. Treshnish may have been a small community at Treshnish Point on the Isle of Mull facing this chain of isles or indeed the name of a house which still stands.

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Unfortunately I could find no death record for the above Flora MacLean (just one for a 17 year old),but as her father was Neil Campbell (as was Neil's), there is a good chance that she was Neil's sister.

Just as the article about the Campbell brothers could lead researchers astray by stating that Neil lived at Campbellfield and bought land in Will Will Rook (as if they were two distinct places)the following article describes his estate as being on the Moonee Ponds rather than the Merri Creek.

Mr. Neil Campbell's station,on the Moonee Ponds

In 1843 there was no Deep Creek or Bulla Rd. This was not surveyed until 1847 which explains why the road now known as Melrose Drive cuts through sections 4, 6, 7 etc. of the parish of Tullamarine, which had been divided into crown portions by 1842. This road, Pascoe Vale Rd and Keilor Rd were all referred to in early days as Macedon Rd but "the Mount Macedon road" in the article was Pascoe Vale Rd and William Smith's "Young Queen" was near Bass or Marks St just north of the Pascoe Vale bridge, Pascoeville. Pascoe Vale road was part of the most recommended early route to Sydney, past the Young Queen and via Ardlie St in Broadmeadows Township to Mickleham Rd, the northern extension of which is still called Old Sydney Rd.

The nearest point of Neil Campbell's station to the Moonee Ponds Creek would be the south west corner of the Willi Will cemetery which is 147 mm east of the Moonee Ponds Creek on Melway which equates to 147 chains or 2.94 km. Not too far away from the Moonee Ponds for that to be used as a locality descriptor but a glance at the
Will Will Rook map will show that his grant, section 13, fronted Merri Creek.

I had no luck trying to find another mention of Glengyll where the 1846 wedding took place. There were plenty of references to Glengyle just north of the historic 1906 Arundel bridge at Keilor in the 1840's. I wonder if Neil was a mate of the Guthries, later pioneers of Sunbury and ancestors of the present Geelong footballers.

Nor could I find any children born to Donald or Flora Maclean. While on Victorian BDM, I thought I'd see if J.D.Lyons Campbell's death record was there. It was:
EventDeath Event registration number3962 Registration year1844
Personal information
Family nameCAMPBELL Given namesJames David Lyon SexMale Father's nameUnknown Mother's nameUnknown (Unknown) Place of birthUNKNOWN Place of deathCAMPBELLFIELD* Age34
* OMG, could Bezza have been wrong?

BEZZA MUST HAVE BEEN FUMING WHEN SHE SAW THE OBITUARY! I hope trove doesn't smack her for her comment!
DIED. — At his residence, at Campbellfield, on the 31st instant,at nine o'clock a.m., J. D. Lyon Campbell, Esq., of a short but severe illness--. CAMPBELLFIELD IS THE NAME OF HIS PROPERTY ON THE YARRA RIVER
(P.3, Port Phillip Gazette, 1-6-1844.)

One mile from Melbourne .
CAMPBELLFIELD on the Yarra, formerly the residence at the late J. D.Lyon Campbell, Esq., it comprises an elegant and commodious dwelling house with most convenient out buildings, and a grass paddock of fifty acres.
Apply to the undersigned adjoining the property.
CHARLES H. DIGHT (P.3 The Melbourne Daily News and Port Phillip Patriot,31-10-1848)

In 1844, there was also a record of a girl born in 1843 who died aged 10 in 1844. How hard would it be to add y, m or d to the age? Poor Flora only lived 10 MONTHS.

EventDeath Event registration number1894 Registration year1844
Personal information
Family nameCAMPBELL Given namesFlora SexFemale Father's nameUnknown Mother's nameUnknown (Unknown) Place of birthUNKNOWN Place of deathCAMPBELLFIELD Age10

Donald Campbell, brother of Mr Neil Campbell, of Campbellfield, was brought into the Melbourne Hospital, suffer-
ing from a compound fracture of the skull. It appeared that he was riding out of town upon the Flemington road, mounted upon a young and spirited horse which became unmanageable, and he was thrown violently upon the ground and received the injury just mentioned. He was promptly attended by Mr Gillbee, the surgeon for the week. It was found upon examination that the frontal bone was broken to a considerable extent, and some portion of this part of the skull had to be removed. He lies in a most precarious state, and grave fears are entertained for his recovery.(P.4, The Age, 24-1-1857.)

On the 26th inst., at Melbourne, Donald McLean Campbell, sixth son of the late Neil Campbell, Esq., Sunipol, Isle of Mull, Scotland.(P.4, The Argus, 27-1-1857.)

The wedding notice of Flora Campbell who married Donald MacLean in 1846 stated that her father, Neil, lived in Argyleshire whereas Donald's death notice stated that his father Neil had been a resident of the Isle of Mull. Does that rule out the possibility of them being siblings? Not necessarily. Notice the spelling of Argyle!

Argyll & Isle of Mull - Scotland
Argyll in western Scotland is home to 23 small inhabited islands — the largest being the Isle of Mull.

FRIENDS of the late DONALD CAMPBELL, Esq., are respectfully informed that the Funeral Procession is appointed to move from Mr. Disher's, Tattersall's Hotel, Lonsdale-street east, this day, at four o'clock precisely, to the place of interment in the New Cemetery.(P.8, The Argus, 27-1-1857.)

INQUESTS,-We regret to state that the serious accident which happened to Mr. Donald Campbell, of Keilor*, on Tuesday last, at North Melbourne, terminated fatally yesterday morning in the Melbourne Hospital. Dr.Gillbee, soon after the patient's admission to the hospital, elevated the bone which was compressing the brain, and the deceased became sensible for a few hours, but afterwards relapsed again into his former state; An inquest was held on the body, before Dr. Wilmot, and the jury returned as their verdict that the deceased had been "accidentally killed by his horse running, away, and bringing his head in violent contact with a telegraphic
post, whereby his brain was so injured that he died in a day or two afterwards," The deceased was in the 40th year of his age. (P.6, The Argus, 27-1-1857.)

EventDeath Event registration number489 Registration year1857
Personal information
Family nameCAMPBELL Given namesDonald SexUnknown Father's nameUnknown Mother's name Place of birth Place of death Age40

*Perhaps Flora Campbell did marry Donald MacLean at the Guthries' "Glengyle" near Keilor with Donald obtaining the venue, which would be handy to Geelong via the second Solomon's Ford at the end of North Road, North Pole Rd (Milleara Rd), Keilor Rd and today's Borrell Rd (Arundel Rd), and Bertrams Ford.

The Melville Park estate, in the municipality of Brunswick, consisting of 170 acres, the property of Mr Neil Campbell, of Campbellfield, sold to Mr Whitty of Sydney, for £8500 ;(P.4, The Age, 2-8-1858.)

The JIKA JIKA PARISH MAP shows that the only crown portion within the Brunsick area consisting of 170 acres was 127 east of the southern half of Dr Farquhar McCrae's Moreland Estate; fronting the south side of Moreland Rd between Sydney Rd and Merri Creek. He'd probably bought this land from (Captain Melville after whom Melville Rd was named.*)

*MELVILLE. This statement was based on my MEMORIES of a reading of Richard Broome's COBURG:BETWEEN TWO CREEKS twenty years ago, and my efforts to verify it on trove only brought up the bushranger. It is doubtful that Donald Melville M.L.C., born in 1929, after whom Melville Rd was probably named, had even arrived in Victoria by 1858 as no detail of his arrival is given in his biography. My best guess is that the owner of the Melville Estate before Neil Campbell was WILLIAM MELVILLE, who, by 1848 was a resident of Geelong,and in 1858, now a Melbourne resident married Ann McDonald at Barwon Heads. Victorian BDM includes Ann's death record (see below) but not the birth (or 1859 death) record of the son.
In 1859, his wife gave birth to a son at her residence, Drummond St, Carlton on 19th August but died on 26 August.
The only other person named Melville (except as an alias)mentioned on trove before 1860 was Henry Melville of Castlemaine.

EventDeath Event registration number5557 Registration year1859
Personal information
Family nameMELVILLE Given namesAnnie SexUnknown Father's nameMacdonald John Mother's nameCharlotte (Fleming) Place of birthSUT Place of death Age24 Spouse's family nameMELVILLE Spouse's given namesWilliam

WANTED, A SITUATION As superintendent on a respectable sheep farming establishment,by a person who has been brought up to the business from his infancy in his native country, and who has had considerable experience both in Van Diemen's Land, and in Australia Felix. Reference to be made to Mr. Neil Campbell, of Campbellfield, Merri Creek, who will give such further reference as may be required with regard to competency.
(P.3, Port Phillip Gazette, 1-6-1844.)

Stolen or Strayed from Madman's Gully, Ovens Diggings,
A DARK IRON GREY HORSE, black mane and tail, hind legs white, branded JM over T on the near shoulder. If stolen a reward of twenty pounds will be paid on recovery of the horse and the conviction of the thief. If strayed five pounds will be given to any person delivering him at Mr. Bourke's Store, opposite the Commissioner's, Spring Creek, or at Mr. Neil Campbell's, Campbellfield.
ALEXANDER DRUMMOND, Ovens Diggings.(P.8, Argus, 11-2-1853.)

EventDeath Event registration number3444 Registration year1855
Personal information
Family nameDRUMMOND Given namesAlexander SexUnknown Father's nameAlexander Mother's nameEliza (Banks) Place of birthGEEL Place of death Age5*

* 5 meant 5 months as the son was born in 1855!

January 18.
Notice is hereby given, that the following claims for grants will be ready for examination by the Commissioners appointed for that purpose, upon, or immediately after the 18th day of March next, on or before which day any caveat or counter claim must be entered :....; ........; etc;
Neile Campbell and William Milne, trustees for Alexander Drummond, 319a. Cornwall; etc.
(P.1, The Hobart Town Courier, 25-1-1839.)

I have not been in contact with Elayne Whatman nearly as long as I have with Bezza but certainly before the start of 2014 when she sent me this email.
I am in the throes of trying to devise a small booklet which would assist many in this area to understand the Broadmeadows area as it was up until 1996. I have several pieces of your information on the area and would appreciate your permission to revamp the writing style and include it in my project. I do not intend to alter any words or pictures other than to change the print style to Calibri and enhance the pictures. We have only a few copies of 'Broadmeadows - a forgotten history' left and gaining permission from Andrew Lemon to reprint this has been an ongoing saga for more than 4 years. We need another book / booklet to publicise this area before it is totally forgotten.
Thanking you in anticipation
Yours faithfully,

Elayne was the secretary of the Broadmeadows Historical Society. I did not know at the time how long she had been involved in preserving the area's history or the problems she was having with mobility and vandals. But she battled on until recently when she had to go into care. I did my best to inspire Broadmeadows residents to take an interest in the area's history with my journals, WAKE UP AUSTRALIA and BROADMADOWS HISTORICAL SOCIETY, the latter sent to the Hume Messenger, prompting this from Elayne on 3-3-2015:

Firstly, you have no idea whatsoever as to how much the Members, Member Volunteers, Volunteers appreciated your comments in the local paper this week. There was an enormous shout of joy when each read it.

Elayne would have no idea of my joy last night when I found the information she'd posted on a message board:

ElayneWhatman68 (View posts)
Posted: 01 Nov 2008 01:01PM
Classification: Query
Surnames: CAMPBELL
Am hoping someone has or can find information on NEIL CAMPBELL, born at Sunipol, Island of Mull on January 11, 1800. Campbell sailed from Leith Harbour on November 15, 1823 and arrived in Hobart Town, Van Diemen's Land (now Tasmania, Australia) on 15th April, 1824. Campbell held a lot of land in an area named after him - Campbellfield (Victoria) and if information on his family can be found it can be added to what is already known on Neil Campbell through his time here.
TIA Elayne

Sunipol is north of Treshnish with Calgary Bay making a drive (18 min (4.8 mi) via B8073) a bit longer than the "as the crow flies" distance. Google DISTANCE BETWEEN SUNIPOL AND TRESHNISH ON THE ISLE OF MULL to see both places on the map.

A descendant of one of Neils brothers replied.
Phil Slocombe (View posts)
Posted: 31 Dec 2013 12:30AM
Classification: Query
Hello Elayne

Neil Campbell of Sunipol and later Campbellfield was my great great grandfather's brother

EventDeath Event registration number17313 Registration year1939
Personal information
Family nameCAMPBELL Given namesNeil SexMale Father's nameCAMPBELL Archibald McArthur Mother's nameMary (Grieve) Place of birthGEELONG Place of deathNEWTOWN and CHILWELL Age79

The death occurred at Geelong yesterday of Mr. Neil Campbell, aged 79 years,retired estate agent. Mr. Campbell, who was born in the Geelong district, was educated at Geelong College, and he then went on to his father's station property at Inverleigh, and later to Barunah. He made a close study of merino sheep breeding, and for many years led a party of wool students from the Gordon Institute of Technology to the Victorian Sheepbreeders' show. When a youth, Mr.Campbell joined the firm of George Synott and Co., and later entered into business as an estate agent. He was president of the agricultural society for several years, and for 10 years was secretary of the Geelong Racing Club. Mr.Campbell was a member of the Geelong City Council for 10 years, and Mayor for two years. He was greatly interested in the agitation for the Geelong Harbour Trust and the present Geelong race-
course. At sport he was a keen polo player and golfer.(P.2, Argus, 4-8-1939.)

There is no shadow of a doubt that CAMPBELL Archibald McArthur was the brother of Neil Campbell,and a pioneer near the Murray, mentioned in the 1935 article about the CAMPBELL BROTHERS!

I didn't want to get side tracked when I saw mention of Robert McDougall in the CAMPBELL BROTHERS article of 1935.
"(in 1845, when he'd stocked up)" Archibald Campbell was one of the pioneers of Northern Victoria. A companion of his was Robert McDougall, a stockman acting for George Curlewis. McDougall went on and occupied Reedy
Lake, Lake Boga, and Quambatook."

"McDOUGALL, Robert, Keilor,was born in Perthshire, Scotland on 16-4-1813. He went to the Western Isles at 17 and for 6 months engaged in otter hunting. In 1836 he went to Canada and spent 3 years on the shores of Lake Huron. He went from Quebec to Scotland in 1839 and 2 or 3 years later left for Port Phillip, arriving in 1842. He worked as a station manager in various parts of the colony until 1848 when he rented part of the Glenroy Estate." ("Cona")
Neil Campbell would have passed Cona every time he travelled between Campbellfield and Melbourne and no doubt Neil had read all about Robert in letters from his brother, Archibald McArthur Campbell in the three years prior to Robert settling on Cona. It's not hard to imagine Neil calling in for a cuppa (or whisky)and to discuss the latest news from Archie.

To save more transcription from my handwritten DHOTAMA: Robert spent 14 years on Cona and 10 years on Aitken's Estate (including the Maribyrnong River's closest approach to Buckley St and parts of West Essendon and Avondale Heights (east of "Norwood" where his future son in law, Sandy Smith grew up), and in 1872 moved into his mansion on Arundel, built after he'd bought the property in 1868.

"Arundel",, part of the Glengyle Estate (where Flora Campbell was probably married in 1846), as was Bertram's "Ellengowan", was named by Edward Wilson, Argus owner and editor a year or so after retiring there because of approaching blindness.

Robert was on Cona when he married Margaret Rankin in 1853 at Roseneath Cottage, the residence of Kensington pioneer, John Rankin after whom Rankins Rd was named. By the time Peter Eadie of Sunbury married Margaret's sister in 1864 (thus becoming Robert's brother in law), a railway line from North Melbourne to Essendon had been built with Kensington Station now across Rankins Rd (probably still known as Princes St) from Roseneath Cottage, but the line was soon to close.


WHAT A SURPRISE THIS WAS. I knew a lot about the Brodie's since 1988 but never wondered where they'd been before their arrival in Melbourne in 1836. I did, however, wonder about Mrs Brodie running a store in Broadmeadows Township and some Brodie lads working as ploughmen for farmers in that area. I thought that the only thing they shared with George and Richard Brodie was a surname. However in a search caused by this find, I discovered that George Sinclair Brodie had divorced his wife in 1859 and she was probably the seller of drapery etc. I wonder if Brodie had suggested which land would produce the best yield of wheat (as detailed in a glowing article about Neil's land at Campbellfield which I haven't copied yet!)

The nearest Brodie property to Neil's Will Will Rook grants was Dunhelen, just north of today's Greenvale Reservoir, whose south east corner was the Merri Creek at the right side of Melway 180 F5, a distance of 270 chains (5.4 km) along the Hume Highway from the northern boundary of Neil's grant (and the 5 acres he donated for Scots Church.)

Launceston Publican's Races.
IT has been preposed (sic) that in addition to the RACES already advertised, the sports be continued on Thursday and Friday the 8th and 9th of March, 1832,—and that for those days—, Messrs. EDWARD BAILEY,GEORGE SINCLAIR BRODIE and NEIL CAMPBELL, be Stewards. And that Messrs. GEORGE BURGESS, and ALEXANDER WADDLE, be Clerks of the Course,etc. (P.1, The Independent (Launceston), 18-2-1832.)

Copy the bold type and paste it into your search bar.

EventDeath Event registration number9745 Registration year1890
Personal information
Family nameCAMPBELL Given namesAlexr Mclean SexMale Father's nameNeil Mother's nameAnn (Mclean)* Place of birth Place of deathSouth Yarra Age85

*As Alexander was indisputably the brother of Neil, it can be assumed that the mother of Neil (not detailed in Neil's death record near the start of the journal)was also Ann, nee McLean.
N.B. BEFORE I FORGET, I'D BETTER LOOK FOR THE DEATH RECORDS OF others ofNEIL CAMPBELL'S SIBLINGS and post them at the end of the journal under this heading.

Wondering if Port Campbell was named after Alexander, I tried Wikipedia which was useless but found two other sources claiming that it was.

Port Campbell | Victorian Places
Port Campbell, a resort and cray fishing port facing Bass Strait in western Victoria, is on the Great Ocean Road about midway between Cape Otway and Warrnambool. It was named after Alexander Campbell, a farmer, whaler and trader.

Port Campbell, Vic - Aussie Towns
Origin of Name
Port Campbell was named after a Captain Alexander Campbell who was known as 'the last of the buccaneers*'. He traded between Victoria and Van Diemen's Land and, being in charge of the whaling station at Port Fairy, began taking shelter in the bay, the only shelter along the coast, in the early 1840s when he was sailing between King Island and Port Fairy.

*The closest Alexander would have come to being a buccaneer might relate to the French origin of the word, boucanier, using a frame over a fire to preserve meat he'd obtained by hunting, or the word used for businessmen who disregard extreme danger. He was no pirate.

Application for grant on behalf of a lad.
Neile Campbell and William Milne, trustees for Alexander Drummond, 319a. Cornwall*; etc.
(P.1, The Hobart Town Courier, 25-1-1839.)
*Cornwall was obviously the parish containing Launceston, hence the name of the newspaper and hotel established by John Fawkner Junior (son of Hannah, nee Pascoe after whom a street in Gowanbrae, near Tullamarine was named at my suggestion.)

This lad could have been the one whose horse could be delivered to Neil at Campbellfield to claim the reward in 1853 but would be less likely to be the Geelong resident whose 5 year old son died in 1855 (unless 5 meant months as in the case of Neil's daughter b.1843, d.1844 WHICH WAS THE CASE BECAUSE THE SON WAS BORN IN 1855!) No Victorian BDM death record could be found for an Alexander Drummond born before 1840.

EXECUTOR FOR JOHN WADDELL. William Field and Neil were executors for the deceased Launceston farmer but claims against the estate were to be sent to William. Does this indicate that Neil was about to leave for Port Phillip?
(P.3, Launceston Advertiser, 8-2-1838.)

The Independent (Launceston, Tas. : 1831 - 1835) Saturday 31 August 1833 p 2
BIRTH.— On Monday morning last, Mrs. NEIL CAMPBELL, of a daughter.

After publican Gavin Ralston was involved in a blue with a patron, both had to post a bond to keep the peace with a bondsman for each to do likewise. Neil was bondsman for Gavin.
Launceston Advertiser (Tas. : 1829 - 1846) Monday 9 May 1831 p 149 Article


The link to see the Will Will Rook grant has been provided above.
See section 10 KEELBUNDORA which obviously included the Bundoora Park public golf course,children's farm and fauna park, and, across Plenty Rd, Larundel Psychiatric Hospital shown on map 19 in my 1999 Melway.

If the link to the Keelbundora map doesn't work, copy paste it into your search bar.


EventDeath Event registration number9745 Registration year1890
Personal information
Family nameCAMPBELL Given namesAlexr Mclean SexMale Father's nameNeil Mother's nameAnn (Mclean)* Place of birth Place of deathSouth Yarra Age85

In the hope of finding the death notice of one of Alexander's sisters for whom he built a house at Port Fairy in 1841, I did a family notices search using his name and stumbled upon Alexander's death notice instead. His obituary will explain why it was in a Gippsland paper.
CAMPBELL.—On the 25th inst., at his residence, Caroline-street, South Yarra, Capt.Alexander Campbell, aged eighty-five. Arrived at Hobart Town, 1825; settled in Victoria, 1836.(P.3, Gippsland Times, 28-5-1890.)

EventDeath Event registration number1607 Registration year1897
Personal information
Family nameCAMPBELL Given namesArchd Mcarthur SexUnknown Father's nameCampbell Neil Mother's nameAnne (Mclean) Place of birth Place of deathGlong Age80

EventDeath Event registration number489 Registration year1857
Personal information
Family nameCAMPBELL Given namesDonald SexUnknown Father's nameUnknown* Mother's name Place of birth Place of death Age40
* Donald Campbell, brother of Mr Neil Campbell, of Campbellfield, was brought into the Melbourne Hospital, suffering from a compound fracture of the skull. It appeared that he was riding out of town upon the Flemington road, mounted upon a young and spirited horse which became unmanageable, and he was thrown violently upon the ground and received the injury just mentioned. He was promptly attended by Mr Gillbee, the surgeon for the week. It was found upon examination that the frontal bone was broken to a considerable extent, and some portion of this part of the skull had to be removed. He lies in a most precarious state, and grave fears are entertained for his recovery.(P.4, The Age, 24-1-1857.)

On the 26th inst., at Melbourne, Donald McLean Campbell, sixth son of the late Neil Campbell, Esq., Sunipol, Isle of Mull, Scotland.(P.4, The Argus, 27-1-1857.)

MORE TO COME.(Early involvement at Geelong, etc.)

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by itellya on 2018-10-22 21:55:38

As revealed in the journal, Port Campbell, Victoria was indeed named after Neil Campbell's brother, Alexander, "Port Fairy Campbell" who died in 1890. While investigating Neil Campbell's time in Van Diemen's Land, I discovered a journal written by Annie, wife of Andrew Baxter (a grantee in the parish of Tullamarine near Melbourne)about their time (1836-1851)on the Apple Isle, the link for which is given in a comment under my journal:

When Annie mentioned Campbell Town, I wondered if this early Tasmanian settlement had been named after Neil and I discovered that Governor Macquarie had named it after his wife, Elizabeth, during one of his visits to the southern isle.

While researching COLIN CAMPBELL, I stumbled upon the following.
"It is with the very deepest regret, we have to announce the death of MRS.
MACQUARIE. relict of the late ever revered General, at Jervisfield, in the Isle of Mull, on the 11th March. We were honored with a communication from this respected Lady, a short time since, by the favor of Mr. Colin Campbell, a gentleman resident on the northern side the Island. She was then in perfect health—she is now no more." (P.4, The Tasmanian,7-8-1835.)

To see Lachlan Macquarie's biography in full, copy the bold type and paste it in your search bar. Elizabeth was his second wife, Jane having died of consumption.

"Lachlan Macquarie (1762-1824), governor, was born, according to a note in his own hand in a family Bible, on 31 January 1762 on the island of Ulva in the parish of Kilninian in the Inner Hebrides, Scotland. His father, Lachlan Macquarie, was a cousin of the sixteenth and last chieftain of the clan Macquarie. According to local tradition Macquarie senior was a carpenter or miller; certainly he was a tenant of the Duke of Argyll, leasing the small farm of Oskamull in Mull which he was too poor to stock himself and therefore shared with two other tenants."

"While at home Macquarie carried out his resolution to consecrate his new estate to his late wife under the name of Jarvisfield. He also met there, and admired immensely, an amiable and accomplished kinswoman Elizabeth, a Campbell of Airds, whom he was in due course to marry."

While Neil and his brothers had fascinating stories of their own, as did many other members of the Campbell Clan, the association with a man who changed the administration of Australia's first settlement from self-seeking (as in Rum Rebellion) to one based on righteousness is surely a feather in the clan's cap.

by itellya on 2018-10-23 07:05:27

There is a biography for Alexander "Port Fairy Campbell" in the Australian Dictionary of Biography, but his brother who welcomed him to Van Diemen's Land in 1825 (Colin in the obituary) is called Donald. As Donald who died in 1857 aged 40 would have been about 8 years old in 1825, he was unlikely to be a landowner so the biography is obviously in the wrong.

by itellya on 2018-10-23 20:45:14

Last night I had a crazy dream that somebody else had actually supplied detailed information about Neil's first place of settlement in Port Phillip, stating that he had built a house on his Keelbundora grant made out of ? and then in about 1848 moved to his grant at Campbellfield and built a house out of ? None of my local history dreams are ever right, especially when they have missing bits, but there's always a first time isn't there!

Just to be sure, I googled, Neil Campbell, Bundoora pioneer and found information about the Preston Cemetery which confirms that Neil's grant did contain the Mont Park Mental Hospital and grounds as shown on the parish map.

Neil's mother, Ann, was a McLean, as discovered in the death record of Alexander Campbell so the following came as no surprise.

Preston Cemetery Timeline
1830s McLean family, brothers Allen, Donald and Malcolm,
arrived from the Isle of Coll off the west coast of Scotland
possibly via Tasmania and/or New Zealand.25 Allan and
Malcolm farm together at Strathallan in the Darebin
Creek area
1837 Surveyor Robert Hoddle spent some months from June
to October 1827 laying out the foundations for the parish
of Jika Jika which included all the areas of Preston and
Northcote as well as other areas and noted the McLean
house was already in situ26
1838 Neil Campbell bought land, adjacent to the McLean’s
family holding, which included the site of the later
cemetery at sale of Crown Land on 12 September 1838.27
He bought the 1035 acres of Keelbundoora 10 at 15
shillings an acre for a total of 776 pounds 5 shillings.28
1838 The Strathallan property was managed by Neil McLean,
son of Allan McLean, who died in 184429
1842 December - Neil Campbell sold land to Malcolm McLean
(part of which became Mont Park and LaTrobe University
and this land remained on five to seven years leases until
the 1880 except for one portion, being a deed of gift for a
public cemetery (Strathallan Cemetery) which was made
in December 186430
1844 4 November 1844 - death of Allan McLean (age 80), the
elder of the family and the earliest recorded burial31
1846 The burial of Mrs Hannah McLean, (wife of Allan McLean)
on 9 February 1846 aged 73 years32


by itellya on 2018-10-24 00:47:27

The CONTEXT heritage study of 2013 how useless this expensive research is to family historians. On page 10 appears the following.

"On the Plenty River, Charles Payne took up 16,000 acres and ran 500 cattle. In the south east of the City, Cornelius Haley took up land near Haley’s Gully Road and founded “Allwood”,(the name was later changed to “Caledonia”). The south and west of the City were dominated by the Campbell family*. In 1839 James Campbell took up the run Campbellfield**. Following his death, in 1841, Charles Campbell took over the property. His brother, Robert Campbell,took up the Kinlochewe run and held it until 1854 when he became insolvent. Finally, Neil Campbell took up land in the Parish of Keelbundoora.24 To the west of the Campbell holdings was James Malcolm’s property “Olrig”, probably named after the parish in Scotland. "

*Is everybody with the same surname a member of the same family? It is insinuated that they might have been brothers or at least cousins. Finding proof of the members of Neil's immediate family IN THE INTEREST OF TRUTH RATHER THAN ASSERTIONS was the whole point of my journal.

**There is no mention of "Campbellfield" in Victoria in the 1830's on trove.
Perhaps this is the James Campbell and the Campbellfield Run referred to as being taken up in 1839.

James David Lyon Campbell

Early settler, pastoralist
J D L Campbell, usually known as Lyon Campbell, was one of Collingwood’s earliest residents, having bought Crown Portion 79 in the Government land sales of 1839. On this land, around 20 acres, he built a house called Campbellfield, designed by surveyor and architect Robert Russell. Here he lived until his untimely death in 1844. His neighbours along the riverfront in what was eventually called Abbotsford were other 1840s settlers such as John Dight, John Orr, Edward Curr and Georgiana McCrae.

Extract from which reveals the name of J.D.L.CAMPBELL'S wife and that he came from Fife, Scotland via Sydney.

As the Jika Jika map online does not show the location of his "Campbellfield", it is fortunate that it is, on an 1858 map in this history. The Collingwood Football Ground is almost at the centre of the block which is bounded by Hoddle St, Reilly St (possibly the roadway with no name between Maugie and Abbot Sts), Merri Creek, Yarra River and a street whose name seemingly starts with A but is probably Johnson St, west from about the Trenerry Crescent corner.

Every mention of Campbellfield in 1840 involved J.D.Lyons Campbell's 50 acre property on the Yarra one and a half miles from Melbourne to which Georgiana McCrae often walked.

1841.This leaves no doubt where CAMPBELLFIELD (the location, not the 50 acre farm on the Yarra) was-on the (west side of) Merri Creek.

STRAYED from Campbellfield, Merri Creek, one grey Mare, rising 8 years old, of the Arab breed, with a racing tail ; she is lately from Van Diemen's Land, and not branded. Whoever will bring the above Mare to the Lamb Inn Stables, or to the undersigned, will receive the above reward.
N. CAMPBELL. Campbellfield, February 8.

(P.1, Port Phillip Gazette,27-3-1841.)

1842. EXACTLY WHERE ON THE DAREBIN RIVULET THE FIRST CHURCH WAS IS NOT CLEAR BUT THE PROPOSED ONE WAS THE HISTORIC SCOTS CHURCH AT MELWAY 7 F6 WHOSE LAND WAS DONATED BY NEIL. Neil sold his Keelbundora grant in Dec. 1842 as in the previous comment. Perhaps that was where the first church was built. There was an early cemetery there according to the CONTEXT report.

New Presbyterian Church. — It is pleasing to find society in the rural districts of the port cemented by the formation of churches and religious communities ; lately we noticed in the Gazette the erection of house of worship on the Darebin Rivulet now another is subscribed for in the vicinity
of Campbellfleld, where a considerable sum under the hands of the Rev. Mr. Forbes has been collected, amounting in all to £155, and a minister of the Presbyterian Church is prepared for duty. Mr. Campbell, of Campbellfield, has handsomely presented the subscribers with a grant of five acres, as a site for the intended church, school, and minister's dwelling.

(P.3, Port Phillip Gazette,26-3-1842.)

by itellya on 2018-10-24 03:24:57

A BLOG ABOUT YALLAMBIE ON LOWER PLENTY RD states that Keelbundora was named after an aboriginal boy and that J.D.L.Campbell who bought a block on Walker's subdivision in that area was formerly in the 9th Queen's Royal Lancers (not that this information helped me to find out any more about him.)

He was only 34 when he died in 1844 so he was born in about 1810. He sold the above block to a William Greig who hailed from Fife (which, if I remember correctly, was also JDL'S birthplace.)His death record has no information about his parents or place of birth. Information about Georgiana McCrae's dislike of his wife Alicia (and her maiden name) are detailed in the Collingwood article in the previous comment.

Having read a biography of Robert Campbell the very early,fair to all classes,Sydney merchant who never overcharged no matter how much demand there was for goods, and stuck by Bligh during the Rum Rebellion at a heavy cost financially (as the exploiters in charge ganged up on him), and a biography for Robert Campbell Junior, (also a merchant) who was the nephew of the above and probably the grantee in Will Will Rook and Keelbundora, I am convinced that the following is correct. Robert Campbell Jnr's biography states that he started calling himself Robert Campbell Snr after the death of his uncle, probably to differentiate himself from his uncle's son, apparently a younger man, who carried neither tag. Duntroon was the site of Canberra.

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Mr Robert (1) CAMPBELL (1769 - 1846)

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Date of Birth: 28/04/1769
Place of Birth: Greenock, Scotland
Date of Death: 15/04/1846
Place of Death: 'Duntroon' near Queanbeyan, New South Wales now Australian Capital Territory, Australia
Parliamentary Service
Position Start End Period Notes
Member of the NSW Legislative Council 17 Jul 1825 05 Jan 1843 17 years 5 months 20 days An Appointed Member of the first Legislative Council 1824 - 1843
Qualifications, occupations and interests
Merchant, pastoralist, and philanthropist. Went into business with his brother John as a partner in the Calcutta Agency House which became Campell & Company. In April 1798, Campbell left for New South Wales in an attempt to develop a trading connection. Took up residence on land purchased in 1798 at Dawes Point, where he had begun to build warehouses and a private wharf. Campbell with an intimate knowledge of the colonial economy, quickly became involved in public administration. In May 1807 he was appointed as a magistrate and Naval Officer and became colonial treasurer when management of the police and orphan funds devolved on him.
Military Service
Naval Officer
Youngest surviving son of the ten children of John Campbell, laird of Ashfield and writer and town clerk of Greenock, Scotland, and his wife Agnes Paterson. His second son Robert Campbell (1804 - 1859) was also a Member of the first Legislative Council and a Member of the Legislative Assembly. (Robert Campbell junior (1789 - 1851) who was not ever a Member of Parliament, was Robert senior's nephew, son of his brother William). His eldest son John Campbell (1802 - 1886) was also a Member of the Legislative Assembly and the Legislative Council. His son-in-law, Arthur Jeffreys, husband of his daughter Sarah Campbell, was also a Member of the first Legislative Council. Married in November 1801 to Sophia Palmer, sister of the commissary John Palmer and had issue, 7 children. Campbell died at Duntroon and was buried at St John's, Parramatta.

by itellya on 2018-10-27 00:35:27

On the 11th inst., by the Rev. Mr. Gunn, Thos.A. Williams, Esq., to Julia, eldest daughter of Neil Campbell, Esq., at her father's residence, Campbell Field.(P.4, Argus, 13-1-1854.)

EventBirth Event registration number5769 Registration year1854
Personal information
Family nameWILLIAMS Given namesUnnamed Male SexUnknown Father's nameThomas Alfred Mother's nameJulia Ann Mary (Campbell) Place of birthAUBU

No wonder I didn't find the death records of Thomas or Julia on Victorian BDM. By the time of this double tragedy, Neil had moved to Inverleigh, 30.4 km west nor' west of Geelong on the Hamilton Highway.

WILLIAMS. -On the 19th ult., at Exeter Mills, River Tamar, of croup, Neil Campbell, second son of Thos. A. Williams, aged seven years and three months.
WILLIAMS.-On the 20th ult., at the residence of Wm.Williams, George-street, Launceston, Julia, wife of Thos. A. Williams, and daughter of Neil Campbell,
of Inverleigh. (P.4, Argus, 9-5-1864.)

M'LEAN—CAMPBELL.—On the 7th inst., at the residence of the bride's uncle, Alexander Campbell*, Esq., harbour-master, Melbourne, by the Rev.Alexander Love, Geelong, Captain William M'Lean, of the steamship Coorong, to Jessie, second daughter of Neil Campbell, Esq., Inverleigh. (P.4, Argus, 8-4-1864.)
*"Port Fairy Campbell" after whom Port Campbell was named.

EventDeath Event registration number7068 Registration year1868
Personal information
Family nameCAMPBELL Given namesJessie SexUnknown Father's nameMcdonald Roder Mother's nameAnn (Unknown) Place of birthARGY Place of death Age56

CAMPBELL.—On the 5th inst., at the residence of Captain Wm. M'Lean*, Roden-street, West Melbourne, Mrs. Neil Campbell, aged fifty-eight years.
(P.4, Argus, 7-9-1868.)
* Married Jessie's daughter, Jessie, in 1864 as above.

The Friends of Mr. NEIL CAMPBELL are respectfully invited to follow the remains of his late wife to the place of interment, Melbourne General
The funeral will leave the residence of Captain William McLean, Roden street, West Melbourne, THIS DAY (Tuesday), 8th September, at 1 o'clock p.m.
(P.8, Argus, 8-9-1868.)

by itellya on 2018-10-27 15:28:39

No more information will submit. See new journal NEIL CAMPBELL OF CAMPBELLFIELD, VIC., AUST., AND THE GUTHRIES.

by itellya on 2018-10-27 15:55:20

The new journal would not submit. The information is parked on the WE REMEMBER TULLAMARINE AND MILES AROUND Facebook page and can be provided if you private message me.

by Andrew_C on 2020-02-07 21:37:15

Hello. We have previously been in touch.

1. Neil Campbell of Campbellfield was indeed the settler after whom this now suburb was named. Capt Alexander
2. Neil's wife was Janet/Jessie McDonald. chr. 2 Jul 1809, Isle of Coll, Argyllshire, bur 8 Sep 1868 Melbourne General Cemetery
3. Jessie was previously married to DRUMMOND Alexander m. 11 Sep 1827 in Launceston, born abt 1805 died Aug 1830 (do a search on Trove and you will find a strange story about his death)--> this explains the confusion over her identity (not the first time --- when I traced Colin, Neil's, Archibald McArthur's and Donald Jr's bro John to Monroe, Louisiana --- his wife a "de Breard" had previously married, confusing the trail, in fact AM Campbell had two marriages too, his first wife dying there on the Murray --- Gannawarra) ... the wife of bro Colin Campbell of Glengyle, Salt Water Creek and prior Barbreck near Launceston ... stayed in Scotland, as did bro Donald Sr, and their parents Neil C, tacksman of Sunipol and Treshnish, Mull and Ann McLean (both were born Isle of Coll).
4. When Colin C of Glengyle finally returned to Scotland in 1852, he rejoined his family there on the Isle of Tiree (neighbouring Coll) an he purchased the family estates of the two ends of the Isle of Coll, that had been sequestrated from his cousins John and Alexander (his uncles Malcolm & Murdoch had purchased these properties from the Duke of Argyll in the early 1800s) --- all this explains why the family maintained the links with Scotland ... cousin Alexander died in Australia, and is buried with his sister, Elizabeth who you have previously note : her death in Glengyle;
5. Tis list on trove might be of use :
6. You might be interested in this letter from Neil Campbell and the comments ... back in 1828 you have already : little Archie (AM Campbell and Annie - married name Bertram) ... the other Donald was his cousin who died on a trip back to Scotland of Cholera in Batavia ...

Neil Campbell

A transcription of a photocopied letter written by
Neil Campbell of the Supply Mill, near Launceston,
to his mother (Mrs Neil Campbell) in Sunipol, Mull –
23rd December 1828.

Notes: Neil Campbell had arrived at Hobart in the Amity in 1824.
(His eldest brother Colin preceded him, arriving on the Skelton in 1820.
Colin was one of a party headed by Major McLeod who were the first Scottish emigrants to Tasmania. The group included Colin’s cousin Donald Campbell, mentioned in the letter. That particular party of Scots were primarily from the isles of Mull and Coll.) Neil and Colin were born at Caolas, in Coll, sons of Neil Campbell and Ann McLean (Crossapol, Coll). Brothers Capt. Alexander McLean C, Donald McLean C & Archibald McArthur C, followed as did two sisters Flora & Ann.

Pages: 1 – 4.
Original Letter held at the State Library of Victoria.
Ref no:
Copy Kindly supplied to J.Fawcett in November 2003.

Transcription date:
Saturday, 22 November 2003

Transcriber: Jenny Williams Fawcett
41 Sheedys Road. Killarney. 3282. Victoria. © 2003
Amendments: Andrew Campbell, descendant of A.M. Campbell 2014 & 2016

Page 1.

Hand written extra note: An old letter of your father’s I think I promised.
A.E Campbell.
(obviously ‘A.E.Campbell’ had either the original
or a copy of this letter of Neil Campbell’s which
‘A.E Campbell” had promised to one of Neil’s
children.Who is A.E Campbell?
(AKAC Note: A.E. Campbell is possibly Annie, dau of Neil’s bro Alexander)

Letter addressed to: Mrs Campbell
Sunipol Mull
No (?13 or 2/B )

Post Office Date stamp: G A 1 Jul 1829
Further Stamps: (square) Ship Letter. Gravesend
(square) 1/2
(circular) George Town (and unreadable date)
(circular) F (and undecipherable letters)

Extra Handwriting: ? ? Coll
Also: H 15565.

By N.Campbell: A letter directed to me from a woman in (Tyree)
I forwarded to her husband, who is about (?850) miles
From Sydney. N.C
This possibly a letter intended for a man working for the
Australian Agricultural Company in NSW? Common for
letters to be sent to one person who was requested to

Launceston Van Diemens Land
23d Dec.1828 –

My Dear Mother,
You will perhaps be surprised to observe
that I am returned to this Colony again, particular
arguements induced me to do so – the day (?before) I left
Sydney I received your letter of date April last. By it I
find many of me letters miscary as I am very punctual
in my correspondence. I wrote Dond lately, I wrote several
Friends, or should I say pretended friends, which are most to be
found in this world but did I think they would treat me with
such neglect I would have saved myself the trouble, however
I can only assure them I bear their silence very light.
Respecting my views here, they are of a
speculating nature & tho the prospects are highly promising
much exertion & perseverance will be required, I have
entered into Partnership with Mr Beveridge, in the purchase
of a Mill here, at which I now reside & he is to come to
Launceston there to keep a Shop. The amount of the Mill is
£2500 (or £2000…the figures are superimposed), credit for Four
Years for some of it. The Mill at which I am to reside is situated
in the wildest part of V.D’s Land, between
George’s Town & Launceston on the river Tamar, or rather on the
Supply River, which empties itself into the Tamar at the Mill
door, a vefsel of 30 or 40 ton would receive & discharge her
Cargo at the mill door, it is about 22 Miles from Launceston.
We have a ferry, which carries wheat & flour to & from
Launceston, burden 16 tons, & a boat of 18 feet keel besides.
I cannot help observing that I was once I would fancy this
place for pleasure & sport, but pleasure must give way to
more substantial pursuits. The Kangaroo, Ducks, Pigeons,
black Swans, black Pelicans, a bird much bigger than the Swan, black and white,
even the (?scarts) I can shoot from the Mill door coming after
the fish which is here in abundance, their are plenty of
other kinds of Birds as well as these, but I seldom trouble my
self about these except when bufsinefs brings me out, I am
obliged to take a Gun in my hand in case I should
fall in with the natives, who take every advantage of
the white people, but they are a cowardly race of men &
one man with a gun would frighten crowds of them,
they are of a pilfering sneaking disposition and they watch an
opportunity to do all the mischief they can.

I am only twenty days here & shall defer saying any
more about this place. I found my Friends well here.
I have not yet seen Sandy but I am going to spend
my Christmas with Allan Mackinnon from (Ru???) & expect
to meet him, he is very well & has got a situation
of £100 a year. I hope you will excuse me dear Mother
if I say that I am sorry you should wish the interference
of a third and disinterested party in procuring a settlement
between Father and Cousins I hope you will not persist
in forcing a settlement or trouble him about it he will
of himself (?) a prudent and judicious part & as times
May be - the times may be very hard, the hand of the
all wise God is over us & we must look forward with
hope to better days. I am myself involved in consequence
of this Mill, at present – but you may rely on seeing
some one of your Friends before twelve months expire
this I again say with the will of God you may
rely on seeing one of your absent Friends.
Donald Campbell & his wife are well, they have 5 fine
boys, Murdock, Harry, Archd, Allan I do not know the name
of the fifth. Dond was rather foolish (?,) he is improving
and indeed he had much need of it.

If Dond jnr is twelve months or so in Edinburgh I wish you to
send him word to apply to the Agent of the Australian Company
at Leith. Tell him to make arrangements for my paying his
passage here, even if he is bound he can ship away (,) be sure
to tell him so you will see some of us yet & do not repine
at your Sons coming to a healthy & thriving Country.
I wish Dond snr would stop at Home – I suppose little Archy
and Ann are grown up give them my love and to all
my dear Brothers and Sisters & my ever revered Father
& I sincerely wish (that?) it was in my power to render
assistance but I have been rather unfortunate although persevering
and desirous to forward any views I am far from being prosper-
ous, if however this mill turns out to my expectations I
hope to do well. I cannot at present say any more but
that in truth and sincerity I am & ever will
be your affectionate Son, Adieu my dearest
& May the Almighty keep his merciful hand (?on)
us & bring us to meet again in a better world.

Again farewell yours for ever.


P.S Colin is well, and took your letter from me observing that he would
write you by first ship. Dond McDond went off from this country for Sydney
I believe with the intention of going to India, Norman (McDonald?) is just (?north) not doing much. Hugh McLean is just set out on a sealing
voyage. M.Campbell is shop-keeping at Launceston he is
remarkably steady but like myself fate does not favor him.
Major McLeod & family are well in their usual way
carrying their head high as they can fly. - Donald Miller is likewise sailing in his usual (?). Roderick McDonald and family are well. Allan McKinnon from
Rum is well, he has left Major McLeod.

I know no more of your acquaintances here.

Your ever sincere son

Notes by J.Fawcett and edited by A. Campbell

Allan McKinnon land grant on the river Meander adjoined Malcolm Campbell (brother of Neil Campbell.) Allan later married Jessie McLean (cousin of Neil Campbell and sister of Hugh McLean.)

Donald Campbell This was Donald of Caolas, cousin of Neil Campbell and
Donald is the ancestor of Bevan Campbell. He arrived on
the Skelton to Tasmania. Died: 2 Oct 1833 at Jakarta, Jakarta Raya, Indonesia (Batavia, Dutch East Indies) of Cholera (source – death notice).

Donald junior Fatal injuries from a riding accident at Flemington Road, Melbourne, Died unmarried. in Melbourne, 26 Jan 1857.

Donald senior Stayed in Scotland. Farmer in the Reef, Tiree and later tacksman to Mr. Clark – Isle of Ulva. Married Mary Salmond. Died Scotland.

Little Archy Archibald Macarthur Campbell. Brother of Neil Campbell
Came to Victoria. Squatter at Lexinton, La Rose etc.
Settled near Ararat.

Ann Came to Port Fairy. Married Thomas Bertram.

Father Neil Campbell (with family in Toraston, Coll – 1776 list)
Mother Ann McLean (with family in Crossapol, Coll – 1776 list)
Neil & Ann married Caolas or Crossapol, Coll, 1794.

Colin Colin Campbell, eldest brother of Neil: came per Skelton and was the first of the family to arrive in VDL, married Mary Ann Maclean. Her father Hector (of Mingary then Ensay) was a descendant of the Maclean of Torloisk chiefs. Her mother Helen Campbell, was a dau of Donald Campbell, Chamberlain of Tiree to 1800. This letter refers to a dispute over the properties in Coll. After operating as separate tacks, in the early 1800s, Neil’s bro Malcolm had purchased the east end (Cornaigmore + more) and bro Murdoch had purchased the West end (Caolas & Gunna Island). Murdoch died in 1818 in an accident at sea and Malcolm died in 1822, and sons John and Alexander (died Australia, buried with sister Elizabeth) inherited the properties (respectively). This would explain the timing of the property disputes. Both became bankrupt in the 1840s. Colin Campbell purchased the two properties and they remained with descendants of his family until the mid-1900s. He also built a very stately manor house called Achnacloish near Lorne. It was his son, Hector Archibald C who sold it and thought there was an intervening owner, it has been in the hands of the Nelson family there now for more than a century. Colin died: 18 Jan 1867 at Cornaig, Coll, Scotland (source - stat deaths).

Sandy. Alexander (Port Fairy) Campbell?

Don McDonald Donald McDonald. Probably son of Roderick McDonald who
Emigrated with Colin Campbell. Eventual brother in law of
Neil Campbell.
Note: a Donald McDonald left Launceston per Currency Lass
In December and arrived Sydney on Friday 5th December.
(src: Sydney Gazette. Dec 8th 1838)

Ronald McDonald father in law of Neil Campbell. Had arrived on same boat as Colin Campbell per Skelton. Was a Servant of Major McLeods. Ended up buried Campbellfield which Neil Campbell owned.
Son Alan came to Port Fairy and worked with Alexander Campbell.

Norman Norman McDonald? Was in business with Hugh McLean (cousin of
Neil Campbell) in Charles Street Launceston 1828 & 1829

Hugh McLean Ship’s captain. Cousin of Neil Campbell (and Port Fairy Campbell)

Donald Miller

Further notes by A. Campbell:

Places of birth In the 1780s, Neil and his two brothers Malcolm and Murdoch rented land (the West end of Coll, known as Caolas & Gunna Island) under “tack” from the Duke of Argyll. From that time until Whitsunday 1802, when Neil took on the tack at Sunipol, Isle of Mull, his family abode was at Caolas, Isle of Coll. His first three children were born in Coll, and all later children were born in Sunipol, Mull. Neil later went on to be tacksman in Treshnish, Mull (1841 census), and settled later on Kenovay farm (Tiree), next to farms operated then under rental from Argyll by Colin (Balephetrish - following his return from AUS – 1852), and Donald Sr., in The Reef, living at Baugh. Neil died in Tiree in 1854.

Place of burial Isle of Coll, Scotland. Neil, his wife, his bros and wives, certain sons and family, including Colin Campbell, are all buried at the Crossapol graveyard on the Isle of Coll. There were many marriages between the Crossapol McLeans and this Campbell family, including Neil with Ann of Crossapol, dau Flora with Donald McL, and Donald C, referred to in this letter with Flora McL of Crossapol.


1774 Neil Campbell born. Father of Neil Campbell of Campellfield.
1794 Neil Campbell married Ann McLean. (parents of Neil Campbell)
1797 Alexander Campbell born . Cousin of Neil Campbell and brother
of Donald Campbell of Caolis. Alexander died in Victoria in 1867
at Campbellfield.
1798 Donald Campbell born Caolis, Coll. Cousin of Neil Campbell.
(ancestor of Bevan Campbell.) Donald is the one mentioned in
the letter as having “..been foolish..” and also as having five
sons.He married Flora McLean 1822 in Tasmania.
1799 Neil Campbell born (the letter writer). Son of Neil Campbell and
and Ann McLean. Later of VDL and then Campbellfield in Vic.
Died of ‘Port Fairy’ Campbell.

1805 Alexander (Port Fairy) Campbell born. Brother of Neil

1807 Archibald Macarthur Campbell born. Brother of Neil.
(he married Vic 1852 to Emma Clow & then 1857 to Mary Rae).

1808 Elizabeth Campbell born . cousin of Neil and sister of Donald of Caolis.
She is buried at Campbellfield with her brother Alexander.

1820 Ann Campbell born. Sister of Neil.she came to Victoria and married Thos Bertram.

Neil and Colin Campbell, the McLeods, McDonalds etc all arrived at VDL from Scotland per Skelton.(also Allan McLean……though
later alleged by some to be Hugh. Allan is noted in the shipping records and it was his name on the land grant.)
Colin and Donald apply for land grants in VDL. Donald assigned convicts shortly after.
Allan McLean (their uncle? ) granted land in VDL.

1822 Donald Campbell (of Caolis..cousin of Neil) married Flora McLean
at Launceston

1825 Alexander Campbell arrived VDL per Triton.(‘had previously served
his time with Captain James Crear of the Triton.’)

1827 a McLean And a McDonald in business together..Charles St Launceston.
(possibly Hugh McLean and Norman McDonald.)
This year Donald Campbell (of Caolis) transferred his land in VDL to
Jocelyn Thomas.

1828 Hugh McLean and Norman McDonald dissolve business partnership in
in Launceston.
Hugh McLean, cousin of Neil and “Port Fairy’ Campbell arrives Portland on sealing voyage.
M.Campbell (probably Malcolm, brother of Donald of Caolis) was working
As a shopkeeper in Launceston.

1829 Alexander Campbell worked for Donald Campbell (brother) at the
the White Hills.
Donald Campbell (brother) supposed to have returned home to Scot.
A Donald Campbell resided “New River’ (South Esk Region)
Major McLeod rented out Talisker to the Stuarts.

1830 Colin and Donald Campbell’s land grants mentioned as being near
Curramore (Peter Lette)
Major McLeod noted as having 2000 acres.
M.Campbell (Malcolm, brother of Donald of Caolis) granted Land at
Launceston. Possibly later went whaling at Port Fairy with Alexander
His cousin.
A Colin Campbell left Launceston in March for London per America.
Then Hugh McLean departs for London per Mary Ann.
Alexander Campbell supposedly off to Sydney, or next year?

1831 Alexander Campbell returned from Sydney and leased out his land at Avoca. He supposedly had went to Sydney on the Farewell and had to
take over when the captain was ill. The Farewell was owned by a McDonald.
M. and also Donald Campbell contributed to Pres.Kirk. c July
Neil Campbell took over license for Black Swan in Brisbane street,the property of Jessie Drummond nee McDonald. He later marries her.

1832 Alexander (Port Fairy) Campbell offered position at Portland which he

Neil Campbell (the writer of the letter) married Jessie Drummond nee
McDonald at Launceston in Tasmania. Later to Campbellfield in Vic.

Malcolm Campbell noted as being at the river Meander.VDL320 acre grant.
His property adjoined Allan McKinnons, who later married Jessie McLean
(cousin of Neil Campbell)

1833 a falling out between a McLean and a Campbell ended up with them being in the Supreme Court over a debt due.Campbell owed the money. Possibly
Alexander? Or Malcolm… a 320 acre grant of land mentioned.

1835 a Colin Campbell travelled from Tasmania to Scotland with John Hart.

1837/38 Neil Campbell of VDL moves to Victoria? 1839 buys up land at Campbellfield. About this time Donald (his cousin) goes back to Scotland?

1839 captain Hugh McLean lost on ill fated Britannia.(cousin of Neil Campbells)

by Andrew_C on 2020-02-07 22:32:08

There are some errors in the above that I tried to correct but cannot edit. As you noted, the person who Capt Alexander Campbell worked with was bro Colin Campbell, at "Barbreck" near White Hills, Launceston. THere were two bros Donald, Snr (stayed in Scotland) and Jr who is referred to in this letter and who you noted as dying frllowing a riding accident in Melbourne (Flemington Road, as I recall). I have not traced the Malcolm Campbell noted as being o the Meander River. The McKinnons are traced and documented. They were from Skye via Coll.

by Andrew_C on 2020-02-08 01:06:41

P.S. When Colin, Neil, Donald Jr, and AM C's sister Flora C married her cousin Donald McLean at "Glengyle" in 1846, the property was still owned by her eldest bro, Colin. He sold up and left Australia to return to Scotland (referred prior) in 1851/2. Cousin Elizabeth referred prior with her bro Alexander died there too. You have already noted this.

This should help tie this family in:

CAMPBELL Donald (1725 - 1795 bur.Crossapol Cemetery)
MCLEAN Marion (1725 - 1810)(m. Bef 1754 Coll, Argyllshire)
├─ CAMPBELL Malcolm (Coll, Argyllshire;1754 - 16 Aug 1822)
│ MCNIVEN Mary (chr.11 Jul 1774 Baliacrach, Kilninian and Kilmore - 27 May 1858 Cliad, Coll, Argyllshire)(m. 17 Apr 1794 Lettermore, Kilninian and Kilmore)
│ ├─ CAMPBELL Donald (chr.27 Feb 1795 Coll, Argyllshire - Yes, date unknown)
│ ├─ CAMPBELL (1797 Coll, Argyllshire - ??)
│ ├─ CAMPBELL Janet {Jane} (chr.27 Sep 1798 Cornaig, Coll, Argyllshire - 16 Feb 1885 Melton, Victoria, Australia) =>
│ │ + MCDONALD John (Abt 1790 Ardnamurchan, Argyllshire - Yes, date unknown)(m. 22 Feb 1820 Coll, Argyllshire)
│ ├─ CAMPBELL Alexander (chr.23 Sep 1800 Coll, Argyllshire - Yes, date unknown)
│ ├─ CAMPBELL Marion (chr.17 Oct 1801 Cornaig, Coll, Argyllshire - 16 May 1877 St. Paul's Island, Victoria Co., Nova Scotia, Canada) =>
│ │ + CAMPBELL John (1796 Caolas, Coll, Argyllshire - 26 Dec 1864 Baddeck, Victoria Co., Nova Scotia, Canada)(m. 31 Jan 1826 Coll, Argyllshire)
│ ├─ CAMPBELL John (chr.11 Jul 1803 Coll, Argyllshire - 29 Apr 1870 Cornaigbeg, Coll, Argyllshire)
│ │ + MCLEAN Sibella (chr.17 Jan 1798 Arinagour, Coll, Argyllshire - 16 Jan 1894 Arnabost, Coll, Argyllshire)(m. 28 Sep 1828 Gallanach, Coll, Argyllshire)
│ ├─ CAMPBELL Alexander (chr.30 Apr 1805 Coll, Argyllshire - Yes, date unknown)
│ ├─ CAMPBELL Ann (chr.26 Nov 1806 Cornaig, Coll, Argyllshire - Yes, date unknown)
│ ├─ CAMPBELL Catherine (chr.17 May 1808 Coll, Argyllshire - 2 Dec 1887 Dunoon and Kilmun, Argyllshire)
│ ├─ CAMPBELL Duncan (chr.8 Jan 1810 Coll, Argyllshire - Yes, date unknown)
│ ├─ CAMPBELL Neil, Dr. (chr.26 Apr 1811 Coll, Argyllshire - 31 Mar 1853 Burnbank, Victoria, Australia)
│ └─ CAMPBELL Margaret (Abt 1819 Coll, Argyllshire - Aft 1861 Dunoon and Kilmun, Argyllshire)
├─ CAMPBELL Murdoch (Coll, Argyllshire;Abt 1763 - 8 Jun 1818)
│ MCNIVEN Margaret (chr.15 May 1778 Lettermore, Kilninian and Kilmore - 15 Mar 1811 Coll, Argyllshire)(m. 15 Jul 1793 Lettermore, Kilninian and Kilmore)
│ : ├─ CAMPBELL Flora {Flory} (chr.22 Jul 1794 Coll, Argyllshire - 8 May 1856 bur.Glenurquhart Free Churchyard)
│ : │ + MCBEAN Francis, Rev. Dr. (Inverness-shire - 1869)(m. Bef 1851)
│ : ├─ CAMPBELL Alexander (chr.30 Jan 1797 Coll, Argyllshire - 12 Feb 1867 Victoria, Australia)
│ : ├─ CAMPBELL Donald (chr.11 Dec 1798 Caolas, Coll, Argyllshire - 2 Oct 1833 Batavia, Dutch East Indies) =>
│ : │ + MCLEAN Flora {Flory} (chr.14 Jan 1800 Coll, Argyllshire - Yes, date unknown)(m. 29 May 1822 Launceston, Tasmania, Australia)
│ : ├─ CAMPBELL Archibald (chr.27 Apr 1801 Coll, Argyllshire - Yes, date unknown)
│ : ├─ CAMPBELL Malcolm (chr.22 Jan 1803 Coll, Argyllshire - Yes, date unknown)
│ : ├─ CAMPBELL Donald (chr.31 Jan 1805 Coll, Argyllshire - Yes, date unknown)
│ : ├─ CAMPBELL Duncan (chr.31 Jan 1805 Coll, Argyllshire - Yes, date unknown)
│ : ├─ CAMPBELL John (chr.26 Jan 1807 Coll, Argyllshire - Yes, date unknown)
│ : ├─ CAMPBELL Elizabeth (1808 Coll, Argyllshire - 14 Apr 1854 Glengyle, Victoria, Australia)
│ : └─ CAMPBELL Catherine (chr.21 Nov 1809 Coll, Argyllshire - Yes, date unknown)
│ SINCLAIR Margaret (chr.15 Nov 1782 Muckairn, Argyllshire - 17 Aug 1857 Tobermory)(m. 14 Jun 1814 Tiree, Argyllshire)
│ └─ CAMPBELL Duncan (chr.25 Jul 1816 Caolas, Coll, Argyllshire - Yes, date unknown)
├─ CAMPBELL Neil (Abt 1766 Coll, Argyllshire - 4 Aug 1854 Kenovay, Tiree, Argyllshire)
│ MCLEAN Ann (Abt 1774 Crossapol, Coll, Argyllshire - 1 Feb 1860 Cornaig, Coll, Argyllshire)(m. 29 Dec 1794 Caolas, Coll, Argyllshire)
│ ├─ CAMPBELL Colin (Abt 1796 Caolas, Coll, Argyllshire - 18 Jan 1867 Cornaig, Coll, Argyllshire) =>
│ │ + MCLEAN Mary Ann (chr.21 Jan 1811 Kilninian and Kilmore - 18 Mar 1894 Ardfenaig, Kilfinichen and Kilvickeon)(m. Bef 1841 Kilninian and Kilmore)
│ ├─ CAMPBELL Mary Stewart (chr.8 May 1798 Caolas, Coll, Argyllshire - 16 Nov 1859 Cornaig, Coll, Argyllshire)
│ ├─ CAMPBELL Neil (chr.30 Jan 1800 Caolas, Coll, Argyllshire - 18 Sep 1882 Geelong, Victoria, Australia) =>
│ │ + MCDONALD Jessie (chr.2 Jul 1809 Coll, Argyllshire - bur.8 Sep 1868 Melbourne General Cemetery )(m. 15 Aug 1832 Launceston, Tasmania, Australia)
│ ├─ CAMPBELL Donald (chr.15 Aug 1801 Sunipol, Kilninian and Kilmore - 10 Mar 1881 Killiemore, Kilninian and Kilmore) =>
│ │ + SALMOND Mary (23 Nov 1800 Inveraray and Glenaray, Argyllshire - 24 Jul 1876 Killiemore, Kilninian and Kilmore)(m. 3 Apr 1837 Gorbals, Glasgow)
│ ├─ CAMPBELL John (5 Mar 1803 Sunipol, Kilninian and Kilmore - 9 Dec 1844 Monroe, Louisiana, USA) =>
│ │ + De BREARD (De BRIARD) Annette Sophie (1808 Louisiana, USA - 1854)(m. 26 Mar 1835 Louisiana, USA)
│ ├─ Capt. CAMPBELL Alexander McLean (Abt 1805 Sunipol, Kilninian and Kilmore - 25 May 1890 South Yarra, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia) =>
│ │ + COULSON Mary Ann (16 Jan 1817 Rotherhithe, Surrey, England - 17 Sep 1902 Drouin,Victoria, Australia )(m. 18 May 1844 Belfast, Port Fairy, Victoria, Australia )
│ ├─ CAMPBELL Marion (Abt 1807 Sunipol, Kilninian and Kilmore - 2 Oct 1874 Oban, Kilmore and Kilbride)
│ ├─ CAMPBELL Giles (Julia) (chr.18 Jan 1809 Kilninian and Kilmore - 26 Oct 1889 Oban, Kilmore and Kilbride)
│ ├─ CAMPBELL Donald McLean (chr.11 Feb 1811 Kilninian and Kilmore - 26 Jan 1857 Melbourne, Victoria, Australia)
│ ├─ CAMPBELL Flora (chr.4 Feb 1813 Sunipol, Kilninian and Kilmore - 16 Nov 1901 Strathconan, South Canterbury, New Zealand) =>
│ │ + MCLEAN Donald (chr.24 Jan 1814 Coll, Argyllshire - 16 Jul 1895 Strathconan, South Canterbury, New Zealand)(m. 14 Jul 1846 Glengyle, Victoria, Australia)
│ ├─ CAMPBELL Archibald MacArthur (chr.2 Oct 1815 Sunipol, Kilninian and Kilmore - 1 Feb 1897 Newtown, Victoria, Australia) =>
│ │ + CLOW Emma ( - 1855 Lexington Station, Ararat, Victoria, Australia)(m. 1852 Victoria, Australia)
│ │ + RAE Mary Grieve (chr.14 Feb 1834 Aberdeenshire - Feb 1916 Geelong, Victoria, Australia)(m. 1857 Digger, Victoria, Australia)
│ └─ CAMPBELL Ann McLean (chr.20 Apr 1819 Sunipol, Kilninian and Kilmore - 17 Apr 1892 Caulfield, Victoria, Australia) =>
│ + BERTRAM Thomas (Abt 1815 Glassary, Argyllshire - 30 Jan 1897 Caulfield, Victoria, Australia)(m. 19 Oct 1848 Glassary, Argyllshire)
└─ CAMPBELL Christian {Christy} (Abt 1772 Coll, Argyllshire - Yes, date unknown Canada)
CAMPBELL Alexander (1770 Gortendonell (Barrapol), Tiree, Argyllshire - 1843 Little Narrows, Victoria Co., Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia, Canada)(m. 5 May 1795 Caolas, Coll, Argyllshire)
├─ CAMPBELL John (1796 Caolas, Coll, Argyllshire - 26 Dec 1864 Baddeck, Victoria Co., Nova Scotia, Canada) =>
│ + CAMPBELL Marion (chr.17 Oct 1801 Cornaig, Coll, Argyllshire - 16 May 1877 St. Paul's Island, Victoria Co., Nova Scotia, Canada)(m. 31 Jan 1826 Coll, Argyllshire)
├─ CAMPBELL Marion (Gortendonell (Barrapol), Tiree, Argyllshire;chr.14 Oct 1797 - Bef 1804)
├─ CAMPBELL Isabella (chr.5 Jan 1799 Gortendonell (Barrapol), Tiree, Argyllshire - Yes, date unknown)
├─ CAMPBELL Archibald (chr.6 Nov 1800 Gortendonell (Barrapol), Tiree, Argyllshire - Yes, date unknown Nova Scotia, Canada)
├─ CAMPBELL Donald (chr.6 Jun 1802 Gortendonell (Barrapol), Tiree, Argyllshire - Yes, date unknown Nova Scotia, Canada)
├─ CAMPBELL Marion (chr.11 Sep 1804 Gortendonell (Barrapol), Tiree, Argyllshire - Yes, date unknown Nova Scotia, Canada)
├─ CAMPBELL Helen (chr.29 Sep 1806 Gortendonell (Barrapol), Tiree, Argyllshire - Yes, date unknown)
├─ CAMPBELL James (chr.10 Jan 1809 Gortendonell (Barrapol), Tiree, Argyllshire - Yes, date unknown Nova Scotia, Canada)
└─ CAMPBELL Alexander (Aft 1810 - Yes, date unknown)

by itellya on 2020-02-08 03:00:20

I am sure that many fellow Campbell researchers will love your contributions Andrew. Well done!

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