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Campbell, Archibald James (1853–1929)

Deep regret will be caused by the death of Mr. Archibald James Campbell, which occurred at his home, Wellington road, Box Hill, yesterday. Mr. Campbell, who was aged 70 years, was a leading ornithologist. He suffered a nervous breakdown recently while assisting in the compilation of a work on Australian birds, but he was reported a few weeks ago to be recovering.

Mr. Campbell's chief interest in bird life was in the study of nests and eggs, and his book, "Nests and Eggs of Australian Birds," is well known. He made ornithology his life study, and was recognised as an authority on the science. He was a member of the committee and a foundation member of the Royal Australasian Ornithologists' Union, which produced a check list of Australian birds, giving a scientific classification of all the birds in Australia. The list occupied six years in preparation. A collection of birds' eggs which Mr. Campbell made was given to the National Museum some years ago. He was also a foundation member of the Bird Observers' Club of Victoria, and until the formation of the Ornithologists' Union he was an active member of the Field Naturalists' Club. Mr. Campbell was married twice, and leaves a widow, three sons, one of whom (Mr. A. Campbell, of Kilsyth) is also an ornithologist, and three daughters. The burial will take place at the St. Kilda Cemetery at 4 o'clock this afternoon.

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'Campbell, Archibald James (1853–1929)', Obituaries Australia, National Centre of Biography, Australian National University, http://oa.anu.edu.au/obituary/campbell-archibald-james-5483/text35158, accessed 18 November 2018.

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