Author Topic: Donald and Mary Campbell (nee Bethune) - "Midlothian" (Skye to Aust) 1837  (Read 5452 times)

Offline Madeline Campbell

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Re: Donald and Mary Campbell (nee Bethune) - "Midlothian" (Skye to Aust) 1837
« Reply #9 on: Sunday 18 March 18 05:46 GMT (UK) »
Hi Christina,
It was good to read your post. I think we have reached an impasse on finding the family back in Skye / Scotland. I am sending Bruce Smith a reply I received recently from Skye-Kin Research. I don't have your email address but I am sure Bruce will send it on to you.
Looking forward to meeting you at last on 19 May. I have heard lots about you - all good.
Regards
Your cousin

Madeline (John Campbell descendant)

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Re: Donald and Mary Campbell (nee Bethune) - "Midlothian" (Skye to Aust) 1837
« Reply #10 on: Sunday 18 March 18 23:14 GMT (UK) »
I've just done a bit more searching Madeline, and I'm having trouble with Archibald. I can't find any indication of his death - I know that a lot of children (about 30 according to a letter I found on 'trove') died of dysentery & fever that was noted by Dr. Stewart. In the 'List of Disembarking passenger' digitised by the Nat. Library there is no mention of  child who died under Donald's entry, yet other entries mention 'girl child died...wife died' etc. Have you a citation I could go to?

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Re: Donald and Mary Campbell (nee Bethune) - "Midlothian" (Skye to Aust) 1837
« Reply #11 on: Monday 19 March 18 05:26 GMT (UK) »
Hi Christina,
You are not alone in being unable to find any official record of Archibald's death. All we have is the inscription on the family tombstone which as you know, says "ARCHIBALD CAMPBELL Ė Second Son of Donald and Mary, born UIG, Isle of Skye, died on board Midlothian on her passage from Isle of Skye to Sydney, 1937, age 7 years." A couple of years ago I corresponded with Dr James Donaldson the author of that wonderful history "Farewell to the Heather". He went through his not inconsiderable collection of materials and told me "I have no record of Archibald dying at sea. Indeed the records are more confusing and contradictory. For example Reel 4/4821 lists only five children who had died on the voyage. The SMH OF THE 18TH OF December 1837 lists 24 deaths including 18 very young and delicate children .Reel 1287 lists the names of the families who lost a child on the voyage. It includes McLeod ( two children) Mark ( One Child) McNaughton ( Two children) but NO Campbell children)  This would agree with the five children on Reel 4/4821. Some children died early after their arrival in Sydney as the 6 month old child of  Findlay Nicholson did  on 20th December 1837. I have no record of the Campbell losing a child. It is not recorded on their arrival details as is for example the record of the child of the Mark family dying or the two children of the McNaughtons. (Reel 1287) I do not know of any Surgeon Superintendent records for the Midlothian ship. I didnít find one like I did for the William Nichol ."
Sorry I can't help further on this Christina but if I come across anything, I will let you know.
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Madeline

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Re: Donald and Mary Campbell (nee Bethune) - "Midlothian" (Skye to Aust) 1837
« Reply #12 on: Tuesday 20 March 18 05:01 GMT (UK) »
Thanks Madeline. I will have to be satisfied with that. As a family they were not very good at notifying the authorities!
Now, what citations can you give me for Donald's later farms - is Phoenix Park his or John's?
Getting confused.
I loved reading the newspaper article about the 'Midlothians' being stroppy, you will be pleased to know the tradition is alive and well in my family - my son's name is Campbell, & when I would complain to my mother about things he did as a child she used to say "Well, you would call him Campbell..." He has grown up to be a wonderful and caring adult though.
My email is <christinageeves@yahoo.com.au>, I would be happy for you to use that, as I find this whole RootsWeb thing a bit tedious.
I'm meeting my aunt Janet (Campbell) Smith tomorrow, she says her father Norman didn't talk much about his past, but together we might be able to nut out a few historical facts,