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CAPTAIN RONALD CAMPBELL OF BOMBALA STATION, CAMBALONG
His Military Life and Times
by Ivor George Williams

Ronald Campbell was born in Scotland in 1786, and died in New South Wales, in 1871. Ivor George Williams, former Welsh Guardsman and now In-Pensioner at the Royal Hospital, tells a most interesting story about Campbell, his life and times in the early 19th century. Campbell certainly did some travelling, serving in India and elsewhere, finally arriving in New South Wales in 1832, along with his brother, on board a convict ship that his regiment was charged with guarding.  Despite being outnumbered by prisoners in New South Wales, the brothers decided to stay, and although there were some dangers here, land was easily acquired, convict labour extremely cheap, and there was good money to be made. The Campbells settled in Bombala, 300 miles south of Sydney, establishing a large station. Campbell later married the widow of another former Army officer and lived in the area for the remainder of his life. By combining archive and photographs with a narrative, Mr Williams have woven a most interesting story about Captain Ronald Campbell, his life and times. Of this we can be sure: life in those pioneering days was tough.

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