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  • Title
    Collection 13: John Campbell - Letter to his parents, 9 August 1789
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  • Call number
    SAFE/MLMSS 7525 (Safe 1/243)
  • Level of description
  • Date

    9 August 1789
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  • Issue Copy
  • Physical Description
    0.01 metres of textual material (1 folder) - manuscript

    John Campbell travelled with the First Fleet to Australia, arriving at Port Jackson on 26 January 1788. He returned to England on the Lady Penryhn which left Sydney in May 1788, travelling via Lord Howe Island, Tahiti, China and St Helena.
    Surgeon Arthur Bowes Smyth, who also returned to England on the Lady Penryhn, recorded 32 crew members in his journal but does not include John Campbell. Campbell does not appear in Mollie Gillen's biographical dictionary of the First Fleet: The Founders of Australia (Sydney, 1989). Gillen does list a convict known alternately as James, George or John Campbell, born ca 1758. This Campbell was sentenced to death and reprieved to seven years transportation for assault and theft. His term would not have expired until 1792 so it is unlikely that he was on board the Lady Penrhyn returning to England in 1788-1789.
  • Scope and Content
    9 August 1789; Letter written at sea by John Campbell to his parents on his return voyage to England from Australia on board the Lady Penrhyn. He describes the arrival of the First Fleet in Botany Bay then Port Jackson, and describes the passage of the Lady Penrhyn to England via Lord Howe Island, Tahiti, China and St Helena. The letter is addressed to `Mr John Bell Writter Ayre North Britain'.
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    Digital order no:Album ID : 823671
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