Ancestral Journeys

Australia is an island nation.  Everyone Australian has an ancestral line which started somewhere else.  Even the first Australians, who have walked this land for millennia, likely journeyed from ancient Sundaland 65,000 years ago.

My own ancestral line is much shorter.  My ancestors arrived in this land around 150-170 years ago.  Journeying mainly from the British Isles - England, Scotland and Ireland - the made their way to this seemingly deserted country to make new lives for themselves.  This page records some ancestral journeys, and a few stories of the people concerned, as best as I have been able to reconstruct.

The Campbell Line

Great great grandfather Matthew Campbell journeyed from the Scottish town of Greenoch accompanied by his young son, to establish a new life in the Victorian goldfields.  Arriving in June 1953 he journeyed to Ballaarat, There he established a meaningful life he established himself for the next decade.  He witnessed the massacre at Eureka.  He was the first Mayor of the Town of Ballaarat West, and the first Captain of the Ballaarat West Fire Brigade.  Ill-health forced his to return to the old country to recuperate in 1864, and despite his intentions to return to the Colonies, he died in 1865.  Read more about him here.

James Campbell, my great grandfather, was a fascinating man.  Writer, traveller, politician, churchman.  I imagine that had we met the two of us would be sitting around the fire in a smoky Victorian sitting room sharing stories. But we didn't, so the stories here will need to suffice.

Along with his two brothers, a veteran of both the Boer and First World Wars, another man I never got to know.  I have pieced a little about him together, and it can be found here.

An excerpt of my father's life story, here.  The hardest of all the four Campbell men to write about.

The Whittaker Line