Info 3A. Thomas Campbell and Georgina
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Thomas Campbell was the second child of Charles and Isabella Campbell, born at Blue Spur, Lawrence, Central Otago on the 25th May 1887.

1887,     Births in the district of Gabriels

Birth;       No.188,  25th May 1887 at Blue Spur,
child;       Thomas Campbell, male, not present,
Father;      Charles Campbell, miner, 28 years, Auckland, New Zealand
Married;     30th April, 1884 at Blue Spur
Mother;      Isabella Campbell, formerly Cousins, 28 years, Victoria, Australia
Informant;   Charles Campbell, Father of Child, Blue Spur
Registered;  7th July 1887; H.J.Abel Registrar

Thomas Campbell started School at Blue Spur on the 14th August 1892, and left school 4th September 1902 to start work as a shop assistant at Herbert & Co Ltd. General Stores in Lawrence, eventually becoming a wagon driver making deliveries over the greater Lawrence-Tuapeka area.
Herbert & Co. had started business as a store at Blue Spur in 1862 and soon expanded to Lawrence where they stocked almost every thing you could desire.

Whilst in Lawrence Thomas had some amusing incidents including a collision with another Herbert &Co. wagon; his story was they had a 5 gallon keg of beer on board, the bumping around caused it to leak and the client refused delivery so when the two wagons met on the return journey it was decided to drink the beer and have a race home with their six horse teams, the result being as stated in the paper 'A Collision' which could have resulted in a serious accident.

Thomas resigned this position of his own accord on 4th July 1908 when he travelled to Takaka to join? his father (and brother Donald?) slucing for gold at the Pu Pu mine.

However 1911 Electorial Roll Motueka, Tasman, shows he is working a few miles away at the habour. Thomas Campbell, Tarakohe, Labourer

He played sport and represented Otago on the Rugby field, later he took up painting under the leadership of a Andy Polglase where he completed his training.
Thomas Campbell

On or about 1911 he met and courted Miss Georgina Eliza Prebble, who herself was a great runner and was Captain of the Takaka Hockey team.
The Colonist, 28th August 1913
Ideal weather prevailed for the sixa-side tourney, which was held last Wednesday afternoon, five hockey teams competing, and in most cases the games were evenly contested. In three games the teams had to play several minutes after time to obtain a score.

The Golden Bay (reds) carried off the gold medals, and Takaka A (blues) were the runners-up, securing the silver medals. The whole afternoon's play was an exhilarating exhibition of hockey, and was much appreciated by a very large crowd of spectators.

Rockville v. Takaka A. v. Rockville:-
The final for the runners-up medals was won by Takaka after a hard battle. Miss Hyland striking the ball in the circle after the whistle went.

The Takaka team, who were the runners up, are:
Mrs. Haase, Misses Baigent (2), Hyland, Prebble, and Page.

Dr. Adams; Messrs. J. Shankland, and W. Haase gave satisfaction as referees.

Georgina and Thomas were married at the Church of the Epiphany C. of E. at Takaka on the 10th June 1914.

No. 124,   1914,     Marriage in the District of Takaka

When;     1914 June 10th  Takaka, Church of the Epiphany, Church of England
Groom;    Thomas Campbell, 27, Labourer, Bachelor, Blue Spur Lawrence
father    Charles Campbell, Mine Manager, 
mother    Isabella Paterson Campbell, formerly Cousins

Bride     Georgina Eliza Prebble, 22, Shop 'Assistant, Spinster, Takaka
father    (by adoption) John Maynard Prebble Butcher, 
mother    (by adoption) Florence susan jane Prebble formerly Wells

Married by Rev Francis John Daynes
In the presence of:- 
Charles cameron Campbell, Painter Takaka
T W Symes, Gov. Valuer Takaka

Wedding Bells, 11th July 1914
A wedding of considerable local interest was solomnised yesterday afternoon at the church of the Epiphany, when miss Georgie Prebble was united in holy matrimony to Mr. T Campbell. The Rev. F J Daynes was the officiating minister The bride was given away by Mr. E Moore, was charmingly gowned in soft white satin draped and caught up with pearls and orange blossoms. The train was beautifully carried in Tulle and pearls. Acoustomary veil and orange blossoms and abouquet of chrysanthemums and fern compleated a charming Toilette.

The one Bridsmaid Miss E Bearmore wore a loverly dress of cream satin with tangerine , draped with lace and a small black hat. The bridegroom was attended by his brother Mr. C Campbell as best man. After the ceremony the wedding party adjouned to the Oddfellows Hall where a most sumptuous breakfast was provided

The health of the young couple and the toasts customary on such occasions were enthusiastically drunk.

Mr. and Mrs Campbell left per motor car for Nelson, where the honeymon is being spent, the bridal travelling dress consisting of a navy costume with hat to match.

The popularity of the young couple was amply demonstrated by the hansome display of presents both numerous and costly.

The Colonist, Nelson, 19th December 1917
Militery Service, Second Call on Married Men,
Result of the Ballot, 4th dec
The following are the names of the men who have been drawn in the second ballot of Claass A of the Second Division, also those of the First Division, who have attained the age of 20 years:-
Campbell, Thomas, Carter, Takaka, Nelson

Thomas Campbell was called up, but didn't pass the medical
as he had a malformed hand and couldn't use a rifle.

They were the first married couple on Honeymoon to go by service car over the recently opened road over the Takaka hill. Thomas carried on with the painting trade in Takaka, living in Lower Commercial Street until they left to come to Nelson which I believe to be in early 1926.
They lived in Washington Valley for a few months, then shifted to Muritai Street, Tahunanui. They lived at Muritai street until 1932, then shifting to a farm in Wensley Road, Richmond.

Thomas became out of work in the Depression in the 1930*s and was employed on the No 15 Scheme at 6 shillings a week which I remember he worked digging and raking a large paddock with several other men. They made the field now known as Jubilee Park at Richmond. In the late thirties he went to work for the Nelson Education Board as maintenance painter where he stayed until he retired on 19th November 1943.

To survive Georgina milked 13 cows by hand. Alan and Brian delivered milk and cream to several customers in Richmond, the price of milk was 4 pence per quart, Cream 1 shilling & 6 pence per pint. In 1948 Tom and Georgina shifted to No 1 Koromiko Avenue, Stoke. Geogina died 24nov1968 Nelson. In his last few years Thomas lived with his eldest daughter Floss(Florence Isabell) and Ian Wilson.
Thomas passing away in 1973 at Nelson Hospital,
He was cremated, his ashes being scattered at sea where his wife Georgina's ashes were.

I have great respect and memories of both my grand-parents who really had a struggle all their lives.

Charles Cameron Campbell

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