Info 1d, Duncan Campbell
Duncan Campbell as a Teacher
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|Tuapeka Times, 26 September 1872, Page 7|
|Our Tuapeka Mouth correspondent writes as follows:-
A complimentary soiree and ball was given to Mr. Duncan Campbell, on the occasion of his taking charge of the Tuapeka Mouth school, as teacher, on Friday the 30th ult. The eatables were provided by the following ladies, Mesdames Taylor, Brown, Dawson, Wilson and North. The viands were prepared in a highly creditable style, and reflected great credit on the ladies who undertook the duty. After the tables were cleared, Master Duncan Campbell gave a recitation. The chairman called upon Mr. Campbell, and he in a very neat and lucid manner, explained his method of teaching, hoping the parents would do their duty to their children at home, which was a great assistance to the teacher. Messrs Keir and Drysdale, likewise gave expression to complimentary remarks, on Mr. Campbell's style of teaching the young idea how to shoot. Dancing commenced at 10 o'clock, and was interspersed with appropriate songs and recitations, by Messrs Wilson, Tennant, Scott, Williams, Rae, Dawson and Keir. The violin was ably handled by Mr. Bailey. The evening's entertainment was concluded by the New Zealand war dance led of [sic] by Mr. Andrew Taylor in grand style
Extract from the "Otago Centennial Historical Publication 1949."
Otago Education page 171
" Here school began in 1869, and a public school was erected in 1870, opening with twenty-one pupils under A.B. Mathews. He was followed in 1872 by D. Campbell who, with his brother James, had come to Gabriel's in 1861. Teaching was not his first choice, and he was unfortunate to incur John Hislop's displeasure.
Tuapeka Mouth T.S. (i.e , temporarily subsidised). 2nd December.
On roll: boys 14; girls 11; total 25. Bush, agricultural, and pastoral district. The school and residence are detached: both are tolerably suitable.
The master (D. Campbell) is untrained and is only on trial. He has the prevailing fault of inexperienced teachers of speaking in a high, unnatural and authorative tone. The subjects are very elementary and only moderately taught.
The master has not been long at work, and it is doubtful if he will succeed as a teacher.
Campbell had little chance of showing what he could do for he was soon afterwards drowned in the Molyneux.
A daughter married W. McBeath, well known draper at the Mouth and in Lawrence, and lives still (1949) at Timaru, aged ninety-five years."
Duncan Campbell drowned in October 1875 which is also when a
new teacher is recorded as starting)
John Hislop appears to be the inspector of schools.
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