Isabella McDonald 1a

Birth Name McDonald, Isabella 1b 1c 2a 3a 4a 4b 5a 6a 4 7
Gender female
Age at Death about 83 years, 10 months, 22 days

Events

Event Date Place Description Notes Sources
Birth about 1831 Kilmuir Wester, Inverness-shire, Scotland MC: Isle of Skye, 1835. 1833 on Priscilla shipping list. 1832 on DC. 1831 on 1841 Census. 1834, Kilmuir on 1851 Census. Kilvaxter closest modern place now.
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Residence 1841 Kilmuir, Inverness-shire, Scotland Address is "Scove" which would be Score. Score disappeared after the Clearances.
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Residence 1851-03-30 Dirleton, East Lothian, Scotland Working with sister Flora and cousin Mary McDonald as agricultural laborer. Living in a bothy. "It was estimated that in the 1850s a half to two-thirds of the income of the inhabitants of Skye came from agricultural work in the Lowlands."
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Residence 1852-01-00 Upper Lachasay, Kilmuir, Scotland Upper Lachasay listed on "Priscilla" shipping list. Lachasay (not "Upper") has vanished but was inland from Score.
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Departure 1852-10-15 Liverpool, Lancashire, England  
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Immigration 1852-11-04 Atlantic Ocean Approx 1,200km east of Monrovia, Liberia, West Africa. http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article60130505
 
Arrival 1853-01-19 Point Nepean, Victoria, Australia Arrived at the Quarantine Station on board the ship 'Priscilla'.
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Arrival 1853-02-24 Melbourne, Victoria, Australia Priscilla clears quarantine and arrives in Melbourne. The Priscilla departed Port Phillip for Callao, Peru on 22 Mar 1853.
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Residence 1860 Newham, Victoria, Australia Living with children on initial desertion by Alexander Campbell
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Residence 1874-10-21 Newham, Victoria, Australia Living next door to sister Flora and brother-in-law Duncan. Roderick McKinnon threatening to kill Isabella, calling her a witch. http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article232496268
 
Residence 1909 Meeniyan, Victoria, Australia This needs verification (trying to fill gap between Newham and Numurkah). Occupation is home duties. Also in 1908 Electoral Roll for Meeniyan.
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Residence 1913 Numurkah, Victoria, Australia  
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Residence 1914-01-00 Numurkah, Victoria, Australia Living with daughter and son-in-law.
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Death 1914-11-23 Numurkah, Victoria, Australia Death certificate states spouse is "John Campbell"perhaps Alexander Campbell's brother (needs verification)? Informant is Norman McLean (son-in-law).
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Burial 1914-11-24 Numurkah, Victoria, Australia Unmarked. Presbyterian section, number 564.
 

Parents

Relation to main person Name Relation within this family (if not by birth)
Father Duncan McDonald
Mother Marion McDonald
    Brother     Donald McDonald
    Sister     Flora McDonald
    Brother     Alexander McDonald
         Isabella McDonald
    Brother     Angus McDonald
    Sister     Margaret McDonald
    Brother     Archibald McDonald

Families

    Family of Alexander McIvor Campbell and Isabella McDonald
Married Husband Alexander McIvor Campbell
   
Event Date Place Description Notes Sources
Marriage 1855-09-14 Melbourne, Victoria, Australia  
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Initial desertion of Alexander Campbell to dig for gold at the Lachlan in NSW. 1860 Newham, Victoria, Australia  
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Per newspaper story and family oral history. 1863 Newham, Victoria, Australia  
 
Court proceedings re abandonment 1872-06-03 Woodend, Victoria, Australia  
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  Children
  1. Margaret Campbell
  2. Kenneth Campbell
  3. Roderick Campbell
  4. Alexander Duncan Campbell

Pedigree

  1. Duncan McDonald
    1. Marion McDonald
      1. Donald McDonald
      2. Flora McDonald
      3. Alexander McDonald
      4. Isabella McDonald
        1. Alexander McIvor Campbell
          1. Margaret Campbell
          2. Kenneth Campbell
          3. Roderick Campbell
          4. Alexander Duncan Campbell
      5. Angus McDonald
      6. Margaret McDonald
      7. Archibald McDonald

Ancestors

Source References

  1. Victoria, Australia, Assisted and Unassisted Passenger Lists, 1839–1923
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        http://trees.ancestry.com/rd?f=sse&db=victoriapl&h=3721722&ti=0&indiv=try&gss=pt

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        Name: Isabella Mc Donald Birth: abt 1833 Death:

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        http://trees.ancestry.com/rd?f=sse&db=victoriapl&h=3721722&ti=0&indiv=try&gss=pt

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        Name: Isabella Mc Donald Birth: abt 1833 Death:

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        http://trees.ancestry.com/rd?f=sse&db=victoriapl&h=3721723&ti=0&indiv=try&gss=pt

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        Birth date: abt 1834 Birth place: Residence date: 1900 Residence place: Victoria, Australia Arrival date: 24 Feb 1853 Arrival place: Melbourne, Australia Departure date: Departure place: Liverpool

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        http://trees.ancestry.com/rd?f=sse&db=victoriapl&h=3721722&ti=0&indiv=try&gss=pt

      • Source text:

        Name: Isabella Mc Donald Birth: abt 1833 Death:

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        http://trees.ancestry.com/rd?f=sse&db=victoriapl&h=3721723&ti=0&indiv=try&gss=pt

      • Source text:

        Birth date: abt 1834 Birth place: Residence date: 1900 Residence place: Victoria, Australia Arrival date: 24 Feb 1853 Arrival place: Melbourne, Australia Departure date: Departure place: Liverpool

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        http://trees.ancestry.com/rd?f=sse&db=victoriapl&h=3721722&ti=0&indiv=try&gss=pt

      • Source text:

        Name: Isabella Mc Donald Birth: abt 1833 Death:

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        http://trees.ancestry.com/rd?f=sse&db=victoriapl&h=3721723&ti=0&indiv=try&gss=pt

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        Birth date: abt 1834 Birth place: Residence date: 1900 Residence place: Victoria, Australia Arrival date: 24 Feb 1853 Arrival place: Melbourne, Australia Departure date: Departure place: Liverpool

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        http://trees.ancestry.com/rd?f=sse&db=victoriapl&h=3721722&ti=0&indiv=try&gss=pt

      • Source text:

        Name: Isabella Mc Donald Birth: abt 1833 Death:

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        http://trees.ancestry.com/rd?f=sse&db=victoriapl&h=3721722&ti=0&indiv=try&gss=pt

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        Name: Isabella Mc Donald Birth: abt 1833 Death:

  2. Australia Death Index, 1787-1985
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        http://trees.ancestry.com/rd?f=sse&db=ausdeathindex&h=1619479&ti=0&indiv=try&gss=pt

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        Birth date: abt 1832 Birth place: Death date: 1914 Death place: Numurkah, Victoria

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        http://trees.ancestry.com/rd?f=sse&db=ausdeathindex&h=1619479&ti=0&indiv=try&gss=pt

      • Source text:

        Birth date: abt 1832 Birth place: Death date: 1914 Death place: Numurkah, Victoria

      • General:

        http://trees.ancestry.com/rd?f=sse&db=ausdeathindex&h=1619479&ti=0&indiv=try&gss=pt

      • Source text:

        Birth date: abt 1832 Birth place: Death date: 1914 Death place: Numurkah, Victoria

  3. Australia Marriage Index, 1788-1950
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        http://trees.ancestry.com/rd?f=sse&db=ausmarrindex&h=4440554&ti=0&indiv=try&gss=pt

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        Marriage date: 1855 Marriage place: Victoria

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        http://trees.ancestry.com/rd?f=sse&db=ausmarrindex&h=4246288&ti=0&indiv=try&gss=pt

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        Marriage date: 1855 Marriage place: Victoria

  4. Australian Electoral Rolls, 1903-1954
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        http://trees.ancestry.com/rd?f=sse&db=auselectoralrolls&h=9645281&ti=0&indiv=try&gss=pt

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        Residence date: 1914 Residence place: Numurkah, Echuca, Victoria, Australia

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        http://trees.ancestry.com/rd?f=sse&db=auselectoralrolls&h=8978328&ti=0&indiv=try&gss=pt

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        Residence date: 1909 Residence place: Leongatha, Flinders, Victoria, Australia

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        http://trees.ancestry.com/rd?f=sse&db=auselectoralrolls&h=8978328&ti=0&indiv=try&gss=pt

      • Source text:

        Residence date: 1909 Residence place: Leongatha, Flinders, Victoria, Australia

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        http://trees.ancestry.com/rd?f=sse&db=auselectoralrolls&h=9645281&ti=0&indiv=try&gss=pt

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        Residence date: 1914 Residence place: Numurkah, Echuca, Victoria, Australia

  5. 1841 Scotland Census
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        http://trees.ancestry.com/rd?f=sse&db=1841scotland&h=1142224&ti=0&indiv=try&gss=pt

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        Birth date: abt 1831 Birth place: Inverness, Scotland Residence date: 1841 Residence place: Inverness, Scotland

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        http://trees.ancestry.com/rd?f=sse&db=1841scotland&h=1142224&ti=0&indiv=try&gss=pt

      • Source text:

        Birth date: abt 1831 Birth place: Inverness, Scotland Residence date: 1841 Residence place: Inverness, Scotland

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        http://trees.ancestry.com/rd?f=sse&db=1841scotland&h=1142224&ti=0&indiv=try&gss=pt

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        Birth date: abt 1831 Birth place: Inverness, Scotland Residence date: 1841 Residence place: Inverness, Scotland

  6. 1851 Scotland Census
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        http://trees.ancestry.com/rd?f=sse&db=1851scotland&h=2250019&ti=0&indiv=try&gss=pt

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        Birth date: abt 1834 Birth place: Inverness-skye-kilmuir Residence date: 1851 Residence place: Dirleton, East Lothian, Scotland

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        http://trees.ancestry.com/rd?f=sse&db=1851scotland&h=2250019&ti=0&indiv=try&gss=pt

      • Source text:

        Birth date: abt 1834 Birth place: Inverness-skye-kilmuir Residence date: 1851 Residence place: Dirleton, East Lothian, Scotland

      • General:

        http://trees.ancestry.com/rd?f=sse&db=1851scotland&h=2250019&ti=0&indiv=try&gss=pt

      • Source text:

        Birth date: abt 1834 Birth place: Inverness-skye-kilmuir Residence date: 1851 Residence place: Dirleton, East Lothian, Scotland

  7. Australia Birth Index, 1788-1922
  8. Emigration List
      • Page: HIES entry for McDonald family
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        http://www.scan.org.uk/_emigration/em_memberssearch.asp?Number=261

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        Family number 261 in HIES books

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        Number Surname Forenames Age Birthyear Residence Estate Parish County Ship Departure Date Port of Departure Port of Arrival Remarks Page 261 MCDONALD DUNCAN 55 1797 UPPER LACHASAY LORD MACDONALD Kilmuir Inverness PRISCILLA 13/10/1852 LIVERPOOL VICTORIA £47.12.11 VERY POOR FAMILY BUT A GOOD ONE FOR AUSTALIA 51 261 MCDONALD MARION 50 1802 UPPER LACHASAY LORD MACDONALD Kilmuir Inverness PRISCILLA 13/10/1852 LIVERPOOL VICTORIA £47.12.11 VERY POOR FAMILY BUT A GOOD ONE FOR AUSTALIA 51 261 MCDONALD ALEXANDER 21 1831 UPPER LACHASAY LORD MACDONALD Kilmuir Inverness PRISCILLA 13/10/1852 LIVERPOOL VICTORIA £47.12.11 VERY POOR FAMILY BUT A GOOD ONE FOR AUSTALIA 51 261 MCDONALD ISABELLA 20 1832 UPPER LACHASAY LORD MACDONALD Kilmuir Inverness PRISCILLA 13/10/1852 LIVERPOOL VICTORIA £47.12.11 VERY POOR FAMILY BUT A GOOD ONE FOR AUSTALIA 51 261 MCDONALD ANGUS 15 1837 UPPER LACHASAY LORD MACDONALD Kilmuir Inverness PRISCILLA 13/10/1852 LIVERPOOL VICTORIA £47.12.11 VERY POOR FAMILY BUT A GOOD ONE FOR AUSTALIA 51 261 MCDONALD PEGGY 14 1838 UPPER LACHASAY LORD MACDONALD Kilmuir Inverness PRISCILLA 13/10/1852 LIVERPOOL VICTORIA £47.12.11 VERY POOR FAMILY BUT A GOOD ONE FOR AUSTALIA 51 261 MCDONALD ARCHIBALD 11 1841 UPPER LACHASAY LORD MACDONALD Kilmuir Inverness PRISCILLA 13/10/1852 LIVERPOOL VICTORIA £47.12.11 VERY POOR FAMILY BUT A GOOD ONE FOR AUSTALIA 51

      • Page: HIES entry for McDonald family
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        http://www.scan.org.uk/_emigration/em_memberssearch.asp?Number=261

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        Family number 261 in HIES books

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        Number Surname Forenames Age Birthyear Residence Estate Parish County Ship Departure Date Port of Departure Port of Arrival Remarks Page 261 MCDONALD DUNCAN 55 1797 UPPER LACHASAY LORD MACDONALD Kilmuir Inverness PRISCILLA 13/10/1852 LIVERPOOL VICTORIA £47.12.11 VERY POOR FAMILY BUT A GOOD ONE FOR AUSTALIA 51 261 MCDONALD MARION 50 1802 UPPER LACHASAY LORD MACDONALD Kilmuir Inverness PRISCILLA 13/10/1852 LIVERPOOL VICTORIA £47.12.11 VERY POOR FAMILY BUT A GOOD ONE FOR AUSTALIA 51 261 MCDONALD ALEXANDER 21 1831 UPPER LACHASAY LORD MACDONALD Kilmuir Inverness PRISCILLA 13/10/1852 LIVERPOOL VICTORIA £47.12.11 VERY POOR FAMILY BUT A GOOD ONE FOR AUSTALIA 51 261 MCDONALD ISABELLA 20 1832 UPPER LACHASAY LORD MACDONALD Kilmuir Inverness PRISCILLA 13/10/1852 LIVERPOOL VICTORIA £47.12.11 VERY POOR FAMILY BUT A GOOD ONE FOR AUSTALIA 51 261 MCDONALD ANGUS 15 1837 UPPER LACHASAY LORD MACDONALD Kilmuir Inverness PRISCILLA 13/10/1852 LIVERPOOL VICTORIA £47.12.11 VERY POOR FAMILY BUT A GOOD ONE FOR AUSTALIA 51 261 MCDONALD PEGGY 14 1838 UPPER LACHASAY LORD MACDONALD Kilmuir Inverness PRISCILLA 13/10/1852 LIVERPOOL VICTORIA £47.12.11 VERY POOR FAMILY BUT A GOOD ONE FOR AUSTALIA 51 261 MCDONALD ARCHIBALD 11 1841 UPPER LACHASAY LORD MACDONALD Kilmuir Inverness PRISCILLA 13/10/1852 LIVERPOOL VICTORIA £47.12.11 VERY POOR FAMILY BUT A GOOD ONE FOR AUSTALIA 51

      • Page: HIES entry for McDonald family
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        http://www.scan.org.uk/_emigration/em_memberssearch.asp?Number=261

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        Family number 261 in HIES books

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        Number Surname Forenames Age Birthyear Residence Estate Parish County Ship Departure Date Port of Departure Port of Arrival Remarks Page 261 MCDONALD DUNCAN 55 1797 UPPER LACHASAY LORD MACDONALD Kilmuir Inverness PRISCILLA 13/10/1852 LIVERPOOL VICTORIA £47.12.11 VERY POOR FAMILY BUT A GOOD ONE FOR AUSTALIA 51 261 MCDONALD MARION 50 1802 UPPER LACHASAY LORD MACDONALD Kilmuir Inverness PRISCILLA 13/10/1852 LIVERPOOL VICTORIA £47.12.11 VERY POOR FAMILY BUT A GOOD ONE FOR AUSTALIA 51 261 MCDONALD ALEXANDER 21 1831 UPPER LACHASAY LORD MACDONALD Kilmuir Inverness PRISCILLA 13/10/1852 LIVERPOOL VICTORIA £47.12.11 VERY POOR FAMILY BUT A GOOD ONE FOR AUSTALIA 51 261 MCDONALD ISABELLA 20 1832 UPPER LACHASAY LORD MACDONALD Kilmuir Inverness PRISCILLA 13/10/1852 LIVERPOOL VICTORIA £47.12.11 VERY POOR FAMILY BUT A GOOD ONE FOR AUSTALIA 51 261 MCDONALD ANGUS 15 1837 UPPER LACHASAY LORD MACDONALD Kilmuir Inverness PRISCILLA 13/10/1852 LIVERPOOL VICTORIA £47.12.11 VERY POOR FAMILY BUT A GOOD ONE FOR AUSTALIA 51 261 MCDONALD PEGGY 14 1838 UPPER LACHASAY LORD MACDONALD Kilmuir Inverness PRISCILLA 13/10/1852 LIVERPOOL VICTORIA £47.12.11 VERY POOR FAMILY BUT A GOOD ONE FOR AUSTALIA 51 261 MCDONALD ARCHIBALD 11 1841 UPPER LACHASAY LORD MACDONALD Kilmuir Inverness PRISCILLA 13/10/1852 LIVERPOOL VICTORIA £47.12.11 VERY POOR FAMILY BUT A GOOD ONE FOR AUSTALIA 51

  9. The Melbourne Argus
      • Date: 1853-02-25
      • Page: 1853 'PORT OF GEELONG.', The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1956), 25 February, p. 4
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        http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article4790119

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        The Priscilla, which left Liverpool October 15th, arrived at the Port Phillip Heads January 19th, since which time she has been in quarantine on ac- count of the number of deaths that had taken place, which were as follows:-12 adults, 24 children, and 5 infants, principally from general causes. The classification of the emigrants now on board is as follows: 34 married men, 32 married females ; 44 single men, 58 single women, and 66 children: 3 married men, 3 married women, 1 single man, 7 single women, and 16 children, still remain on board the Lysander, at the Sanitary station, but all are convalescent. The Priscilla brings no cargo for this port, but coals for Bombay.

      • Date: 1853-02-25
      • Page: 1853 'PORT OF GEELONG.', The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1956), 25 February, p. 4
      • General:

        http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article4790119

      • Source text:

        The Priscilla, which left Liverpool October 15th, arrived at the Port Phillip Heads January 19th, since which time she has been in quarantine on ac- count of the number of deaths that had taken place, which were as follows:-12 adults, 24 children, and 5 infants, principally from general causes. The classification of the emigrants now on board is as follows: 34 married men, 32 married females ; 44 single men, 58 single women, and 66 children: 3 married men, 3 married women, 1 single man, 7 single women, and 16 children, still remain on board the Lysander, at the Sanitary station, but all are convalescent. The Priscilla brings no cargo for this port, but coals for Bombay.

  10. Hobart Mercury
      • Date: 14 June 1872
      • Page: 1872 'VICTORIA.', The Mercury (Hobart, Tas. : 1860 - 1954), 14 June, p. 3
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        http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article8920885

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        Reprint of a story from Kyneton Guardian, 5 Jun 1872.

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        The matrimonial troubles of the Campbells occupied the attention of the Woodend bench for a long time on Monday morning. Mrs. Isabella Campbell charged her husband, Alexander Campbell, with deserting her, and leaving her and her four children without means of support, and the tale that she told was a pitiful one. Twelve years ago her husband went away to seek his fortune on the Lachlan diggings, leaving his wife and three children settled upon a small piece of land at Newham, the property of Mrs. Campbell's brother. Two years elapsed, and as the husband neither returned nor contributed to the support of his family, a warrant was obtained for his apprehension, but when the truant was brought back the heart of his wife relented ; the husband promised to be faithful in future, and the two lived comfortably together for some months. Campbell, however, soon grew tired of home, and once more bent his stops to the Lachlan, promising faithfully to send for his wife as soon as he had made his pile. At first he used to write regularly-"such loving letters," Mrs. Campbell told the bench-and remitted several sums of money ; but the letters and remittances gradually got less frequent, and at last ceased altogether ; whilst, to make matters worse, the brief visit home of the husband had added another to the family, and the wife had now four children dependent upon her exertions for support. For seven years she had managed to keep them and herself from actual starvation partly by tilling the little plot of ground upon which she was living, partly by going out to work, and partly by the kindness of the neighbours, many of whom were in court willing to bear testimony to the excellent character of the deserted wife. To add to her misfortunes, her house and furniture were destroyed by fire about twelve months ago, and she would have been absolutely homeless, but for the kindness and sympathy of some of the residents of Newham. It appeared that her husband was the owner-with his brother-of a farm of 235 acres, which had always been let, though no portion of the rent was ever received by the wife. The bench ordered security to be found for the payment of 10s. a week ; but Campbell said he would live with his wife and support her. Against this arrangement, however, Mrs Campbell vehemently protested, and offered to take 6s. a week if the bench would make the order so that she could get the money without the husband. When it was explained that no such order could be made, the friends of the parties concluded an arrangement by which Mrs. Campbell undertook, upon the receipt of £20 in cash, not to seek maintenance from her husband for the next six years, and to withdraw the summons. One- sided as such an arrangement was, it was gladly acquiesced in by the wife ; and at its conclusion, the husband jeeringly told her that she had made a fool of herself, for that he was about to sell his farm, and that she would not be able to got a penny of the money.-Kyneton Guardian, 5th June.

      • Date: 14 June 1872
      • Page: 1872 'VICTORIA.', The Mercury (Hobart, Tas. : 1860 - 1954), 14 June, p. 3
      • General:

        http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article8920885

      • General:

        Reprint of a story from Kyneton Guardian, 5 Jun 1872.

      • Source text:

        The matrimonial troubles of the Campbells occupied the attention of the Woodend bench for a long time on Monday morning. Mrs. Isabella Campbell charged her husband, Alexander Campbell, with deserting her, and leaving her and her four children without means of support, and the tale that she told was a pitiful one. Twelve years ago her husband went away to seek his fortune on the Lachlan diggings, leaving his wife and three children settled upon a small piece of land at Newham, the property of Mrs. Campbell's brother. Two years elapsed, and as the husband neither returned nor contributed to the support of his family, a warrant was obtained for his apprehension, but when the truant was brought back the heart of his wife relented ; the husband promised to be faithful in future, and the two lived comfortably together for some months. Campbell, however, soon grew tired of home, and once more bent his stops to the Lachlan, promising faithfully to send for his wife as soon as he had made his pile. At first he used to write regularly-"such loving letters," Mrs. Campbell told the bench-and remitted several sums of money ; but the letters and remittances gradually got less frequent, and at last ceased altogether ; whilst, to make matters worse, the brief visit home of the husband had added another to the family, and the wife had now four children dependent upon her exertions for support. For seven years she had managed to keep them and herself from actual starvation partly by tilling the little plot of ground upon which she was living, partly by going out to work, and partly by the kindness of the neighbours, many of whom were in court willing to bear testimony to the excellent character of the deserted wife. To add to her misfortunes, her house and furniture were destroyed by fire about twelve months ago, and she would have been absolutely homeless, but for the kindness and sympathy of some of the residents of Newham. It appeared that her husband was the owner-with his brother-of a farm of 235 acres, which had always been let, though no portion of the rent was ever received by the wife. The bench ordered security to be found for the payment of 10s. a week ; but Campbell said he would live with his wife and support her. Against this arrangement, however, Mrs Campbell vehemently protested, and offered to take 6s. a week if the bench would make the order so that she could get the money without the husband. When it was explained that no such order could be made, the friends of the parties concluded an arrangement by which Mrs. Campbell undertook, upon the receipt of £20 in cash, not to seek maintenance from her husband for the next six years, and to withdraw the summons. One- sided as such an arrangement was, it was gladly acquiesced in by the wife ; and at its conclusion, the husband jeeringly told her that she had made a fool of herself, for that he was about to sell his farm, and that she would not be able to got a penny of the money.-Kyneton Guardian, 5th June.

      • Date: 14 June 1872
      • Page: 1872 'VICTORIA.', The Mercury (Hobart, Tas. : 1860 - 1954), 14 June, p. 3
      • General:

        http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article8920885

      • General:

        Reprint of a story from Kyneton Guardian, 5 Jun 1872.

      • Source text:

        The matrimonial troubles of the Campbells occupied the attention of the Woodend bench for a long time on Monday morning. Mrs. Isabella Campbell charged her husband, Alexander Campbell, with deserting her, and leaving her and her four children without means of support, and the tale that she told was a pitiful one. Twelve years ago her husband went away to seek his fortune on the Lachlan diggings, leaving his wife and three children settled upon a small piece of land at Newham, the property of Mrs. Campbell's brother. Two years elapsed, and as the husband neither returned nor contributed to the support of his family, a warrant was obtained for his apprehension, but when the truant was brought back the heart of his wife relented ; the husband promised to be faithful in future, and the two lived comfortably together for some months. Campbell, however, soon grew tired of home, and once more bent his stops to the Lachlan, promising faithfully to send for his wife as soon as he had made his pile. At first he used to write regularly-"such loving letters," Mrs. Campbell told the bench-and remitted several sums of money ; but the letters and remittances gradually got less frequent, and at last ceased altogether ; whilst, to make matters worse, the brief visit home of the husband had added another to the family, and the wife had now four children dependent upon her exertions for support. For seven years she had managed to keep them and herself from actual starvation partly by tilling the little plot of ground upon which she was living, partly by going out to work, and partly by the kindness of the neighbours, many of whom were in court willing to bear testimony to the excellent character of the deserted wife. To add to her misfortunes, her house and furniture were destroyed by fire about twelve months ago, and she would have been absolutely homeless, but for the kindness and sympathy of some of the residents of Newham. It appeared that her husband was the owner-with his brother-of a farm of 235 acres, which had always been let, though no portion of the rent was ever received by the wife. The bench ordered security to be found for the payment of 10s. a week ; but Campbell said he would live with his wife and support her. Against this arrangement, however, Mrs Campbell vehemently protested, and offered to take 6s. a week if the bench would make the order so that she could get the money without the husband. When it was explained that no such order could be made, the friends of the parties concluded an arrangement by which Mrs. Campbell undertook, upon the receipt of £20 in cash, not to seek maintenance from her husband for the next six years, and to withdraw the summons. One- sided as such an arrangement was, it was gladly acquiesced in by the wife ; and at its conclusion, the husband jeeringly told her that she had made a fool of herself, for that he was about to sell his farm, and that she would not be able to got a penny of the money.-Kyneton Guardian, 5th June.