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John Campbell

Birthdate: (87)
Birthplace: Rogart, Highland, United Kingdom
Death: April 26, 1922 (87)
Christchurch, New Zealand
Place of Burial: All Saints Church Burwood
Immediate Family:

Son of Alexander Campbell and Catherine (Kate) Campbell
Husband of Elizabeth Campbell (Forbes)
Father of Margaret Wagstaff; Alexander Arthur Manson Campbell; George Forbes Campbell; William Finlay Campbell; Katherine Isabella Selfe and 3 others
Brother of Finlay (Phillip) Campbell and Robert Campbell

Occupation: Shepherd
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About John Campbell

When John first came to Christchurch he was employed by Sir John Cracroft Wilson as a Gardiner at his Cashmere property. John moved to Burwood after Elizabeth died and lived by Burwood Hospital where he worked on 'The Run' as a Shepard. In Scotland a member of the Free Church he was confirmed into the Anglican Church by Bishop Harper. He was a vestryman for 30 years and would walk to church twice each Sunday to ring the bell for service. The foundation stone for the new church hall was laid by John Campbell on Thursday, 21st January, 1909. The silver trowel used in the ceremony was given to John. A popular character in the district an article was written in the ChCh Star in 1947 which included anecdote of his treatment of poachers caught at 'The Run':

'I was once one of a trio caught shooting and the usual threats followed. "Now, Mr Campbell," said our spokesman, "why do you get so angry with us?" "Well" he said, "these townies come out here and break the fences and even shoot the sheep". "Oh, we are not that sort", we replied. "Sit down and have a rest, and could you do with a spot of whisky?" and forewith John produced a flask. He took a swig and then said, "Ye seem decent laddies and rightly brought up forbye. Now if ye'll promise not to break the fences and stop others doing it, I'll tell ye the best place to find rabbits." The promise was soon given. "At one stroke old John had not only made us friends, but also co-guardians of his flocks and fences."

In his fifty years in Burwood he was a member of local progressive movements. At the time of his death he was the oldest member of Christchurchs' Scottish Society. John Campbell was honoured with a Highland Funeral, with a Highland flag being draped over his coffin and a sprig of rosemary being dropped into the grave.

1851 Census

Eiden Rogart

William Campbell Head U 39 Farmer of 20 Acres employing 1 lab Brn Rogart

Alexander Campbell Brother W 44 Farm Servant Brn Rogart

John Campbell Nephew U 17 Brn Rogart

Robert Campbell Nephew U 14 Scholar Brn Rogart

Philip Campbell Nephew U 11 Scholar Brn Golspie

Marion MacKay House Servant 35 Brn Wolk, Leith

1861 Census

Eiden Rogart

William Campbell Head Un 49 Farmer of 19 acres employing 1 man and 1 boy, Brn Rogart

Alexander Campbell Brother W 53 Ploughman Brn Rogart

John Campbell Nephew 7 Brn Rogart

Marion McKay Cousin Un 40 Housemaid Brn Midlotianshire Leith

Alexander Murray Servant 14 Cattle Herd Brn Rogart

NOTE if the above John is our John the age of 7 is incorrect.

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John Campbell's Timeline

December 26, 1834
Rogart, Highland, United Kingdom
December 29, 1834
Rogart, Sutherland, Scotland
Age 29
Christchurch, Christchurch City, Canterbury, New Zealand
April 24, 1866
Age 31
Christchurh, New Zealand
Age 33
July 24, 1871
Age 36
Christchurch, New Zealand
Age 39
Christchurch, New Zealand
June 11, 1875
Age 40
Christchurch, Christchurch City, Canterbury, New Zealand
Age 41