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Campbell, John Archibald (1854–1916)

by Yandaroo

John Campbell, n.d.

John Campbell, n.d.

from Pastoral Review, 16 January 1917

It is with very great regret that we, and a large section of the pastoral community, learn as we go to press of the death of Mr. John Archibald Campbell, of Tubbo, near Narandera and Dungalear, Walgett, New South Wales. He will be greatly missed, both for himself and his many kindly qualities as a man and a friend, and also by the pastoral industry as a whole, for no man connected with it has done more work in its interests than Mr. Campbell did. He spared neither time, trouble, nor money in the cause, and was always labouring for its advancement and the general good of the pastoral community.

He was born at Glengower Estate, Campbelltown (near Clunes), Victoria, sixty-two years ago, and was educated at the Scotch College. For very many years he has superintended the management of the two large properties above-mentioned, Dungalear and Tubbo, the first of which belonged wholly, and the second largely, to himself and his family. He was one of the originators of the Pastoralists' Association of Victoria and Southern Riverina in 1890, and was president of that body from 1902 to 1906. The association was then divided into its two component parts, and Mr. Campbell was elected president of the Pastoralists' Union of Southern Riverina, holding that position at the time of his death. He also acted as representative of the Victorian and Southern Riverina bodies at practically every meeting of the Pastoralists' Federal Council of Australia, and took a leading part in the lengthy arbitration proceedings with the A.W.U. in 1911. He was also, at the time of his death, acting as a growers' representative on the committee recently formed to advise regarding the sale of the Australian wool clip to the British Government. In addition to his many other public duties, Mr. Campbell was a vice-president of the Australian Sheepbreeders' Association, and a director of Dalgety and Co. Ltd.

From his various activities it will be seen that Mr. Campbell was a most vigorous supporter and advocate of pastoral interests. He was a kindly and lovable man, eminently fair-minded and generous, and knew how to deal with his fellow men, whether they were shearers or pastoralists.

Mrs. Campbell, two sons, and four daughters survive him. Two of his sons, Lieutenants Donald and Walter Campbell, were killed in action in France recently. Lieutenant Walter Campbell had just previously been awarded the Military Cross. Mr. Campbell worried greatly over these bereavements, and there is no doubt that this, in conjunction with his state of health, hastened his end. A photograph will appear in the January issue.

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Yandaroo, 'Campbell, John Archibald (1854–1916)', Obituaries Australia, National Centre of Biography, Australian National University, http://oa.anu.edu.au/obituary/campbell-john-archibald-195/text196, accessed 21 September 2019.

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