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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.

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