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No. 2402 Deaths in the District of Auckland, 1862
When and Where 20th January 1862, Auckland
Name Sarah Campbell
Sex and Age Female, 7 Months
Father, Profession Daughter of Duncan Campbell, Farmer
Cause of Death Hooping Cough
Informant Sarah Campbell, Mother. - 8a Ebury St. Parnell
Death Registered 21st January 1862
Registra John M Mayland

Duncan and Sarah's youngest child Mary, was born on 6 February 1863,
so Sarah's death 2 weeks later must have been a child birth related death.
No newpaper reports of her death relate to the circumstnces and niether does her death certificate.
As yet no evidence has been for a burial, it is assummed she was buried in original cemetery in Lawrence but this was closed a few years after and later many bodies were transfered to a new cemetry.
Although Sarah's name appears on the same headstone as her husband Duncan, who died in 1875
this may just be as a memorial, there is no conclusive evidence her remains are interred there although there are some records showing graves being reopened for spouce.

Southern Cross 21 March 1863
On February 24 at the Molyneux, Province of Otago, Sarah,
the beloved wife of Mr Duncan Campbell.
She leaves six children with her sorrowing husband to lament her loss.

When Duncan was drowned in October 1875,
His youngest child Mary was just 12, according to my Father Douglas Glass his grandmother ( eldest sister) Margaret Glass to raise Mary.
As Mary married in Auckland in 1884, when the Glass family were still in Roxburgh, it would seem she may have joined the Cameron side of family who by then were sucessfully established in Auckland.

Lawrence Cemetery Headstone Inscriptions: Old Cemetery Block 3 Plot 10 (approximately)

Sarah CAMPBELL died 1863;     Duncan CAMPBELL died 1875
Site red granite headstone in concrete recumbent frame;
concrete surround; concrete sealed

Lawrence Cemetery Receipts & Expenses Register 1866-1970:
Record No: 1690, Page No: 18, Date: 5 Nov 1875
Details: Duncan CAMPBELL
Where Buried: Old Cemetery
Fees: Digging Grave 20/-, re 08/-
Total Fees: 1

Tuapeka Times, 6th October 1875

We learn that Mr. Duncan Campbell, settler at Tuapeka Mouth, has disappeared in rather a mysterious manner. It appears that on Sunday evening Mr. Campbell crossed A man from the west side of the river to Dalhouse, and remained with the boat whilst the passenger went up to the township, promising to return in a few minutes. Search was made by the residents of Daihouse without avail, and up to the hour of our going to press, neither Campbell nor the boat had been heard of.
Mr." A. M'Beath gave information to the, police last evening, and they started away to assisting the search.

Otago Witness, 9th October 1875

Our correspondent at Lawrence" informed us last Tuesday by telegraph ..that a report reached Lawrence yesterday that Duncan Campbell is supposed to be drowned in the Molyneux, near the Tuapeka Mouth/ He was last seen on Sunday, about 4 p.m. standing on the beach, near a flat- bottom boat,in which he intended crossing, with some men who were going over to Clydeyale station. Up to 12 o'clock to-day (Tuesday). nothing has been heard of him or He was an old resident in Gabriels Gully, and for about two years schoolmaster which post he resigned some time ago to settle down on some land he had' taken up, He, was very. much respected,

Tuapeka Times 9th October 1875 page 2/3

The circumstances attending the disappearance of Mr. Duncan Campbell, of Tuapeka Mouth, have not yet been cleared up. Enough, however, has transpired to lead to the conviction that he has met with a watery grave, and those who are acquainted with the treacherous character of the Molyneux, as a river, will not feel at all surprised when we add that it is quite possible nothing more definite may ever be known of his fate.

As briefly stated in last issue, when intelligence of the occurrence reached Lawrence, a constable was despatched to Tuapeka Mouth to investigate matters, and institute a search, for the missing man. The result of this mission may be detailed as follows:-

In addition to his pursuit as a settler Campbell was in the habit of ferrying parties across the river in a flat bottomed boat some 12 feet long by 3 feet broad. On the forenoon of Sunday he brought over two men named M'Garvey and Murdoch, from the Clydevale side. Along with Campbell they adjourned to the public house at Tuapeka Mouth, where they spent some time. On leaving to re-cross Mr. Campbell was observed to be slightly the worse for liquor, and the party is said to have taken away some bottles of grog with them. On. arriving back at Clydevale side another man named Henry Keen made his appearance, who returned with Campbell in the boat to Tuapeka Mouth. On leaving, Keen told Campbell he would be back shortly, and asked him to wait at the boat for him. Keen was detained longer than he expected, and upon getting back he could find nothing either Campbell or the boat. As Campbell lived some distance away, it was surmised he had gone home, and no further notice was taken of the matter.

Not having turned up as usual, suspicion was aroused, and search, made to ascertain his whereabouts. Tbe search proving unavailing, the circumstances were, as already stated, reported to the police. During the time the constable was engaged making inquires, word reached Tuapeka Mouth that the boat had been discovered some three miles down the river. On proceeding to the spot tbe constable found the boat securely moored to the bank in a small bight, but the oars were nowhere to be seen.

About eight or nine feet from the boat along the river bank a hat was found, which has since been identified as the one worn by Campbell on the Sunday. Foot prints were also traced between to the boat and the place where the hat was got but non were observed at any other place.

The Water in the vicinity was probed with pole, and the bank of the river examined down as far as the lower Clyderale a distance of five miles but no trace of any body was seen. The supposition. is that after Keen left him, Campbell lay down, in the boat, and having fallen asleep it got adrift and was carried down by the strong entreat to tha place where it subsequently got. On awaking he must have succeeded in mooring the boat, and getting ashore, proceeding in the direction where the hat was found, and lying down had again fallen asleep and rolled or fell into the river, and thus met his death.

The missing man was an old resident in the district having come from the North Island about the first of the Gabriels Gully rush. He followed digging for sometime, and subsequently became a mining agent in Lawrence. Being man of good education, and possessing a fair share of natural talent, he was subsequently appointed Schoolmaster at Tuapeka Houth, a situation which he resigned only a few months ago, when he took to farming, following it up to the time of his. disappearance. he was well known throughout the district; his obliging disposition and genial character rendering him generally well liked in the place. A correspondent writes:-
Not a few in and about the district of Gabriels will read with feelings of melancholy interest the circumstances attending the sad end of poor old Duncan Campbell. He was in many respect of the word a coupling link between New Zealand of the past and New Zealand of the present. The date of his advent in this colony is somewhat obscure, but it is understood he got here about the latter part of the decade ending 39 or beginning of 40. When I say here, I mean Auckland, as you must be aware the southern provinces were little known of in those primitive days. The last time I saw him was only a few weeks ago, and he then presented all the animated appearance of a hale hearty old man, who had yet many days to live. Nothing delighted him better than to recall the old times and early associations, when British rule was to a great extent subservient to Maori custom. On the occasion to which I allude he was in company with another of the old New Zealand School a resident about Tokomairiro. To hear these two old "fogies" recite their early adventures in the Northern territory was a perfect treat. The name and surname of a leading minister of the Colonial Cabinet was mixed up with one of their exploits the burden of the narrative being that they had only one blue blanket amongst the three of them, and that thus gaudily attired they set out to pay court to a tatooed damsel, possessed of great personal attractions. The conclusions indulged in by these two worthies in drawing parallels between the third occupant of the blue blanket engaged upon this escapade, and his present, occupation as leader of the House of Representatives, were whimsical in the extreme. With their recollection still fresh upon my memory the intelligence of his sad end comes home to me with all the force and effect of one of those rude shocks which teaches us too truly that in the midst of life we are in death.

North Otago Times, 16 October 1875

Disappearance.- The " Tuapeka Times" of the 6th says : - We learn that Mr Duncan Campbell, settler at Tuapeka Mouth, has disappeared in rather a mysterious manner. It appears that on Sunday evening Mr Campbell crossed a man from the west side of the river to Dalhousie, and remained with the boat whilst the passenger went up to the township, promising to return in a few minutes. The man was longer than he anticipated, and on his return to the river bank was surprised at not to find either the boat or Mr Campbell, who has not yet been seen or heard of. Search was made by the resident! of Dalbousie without avail, and up to the hour of our going to press, neither Campbell nor the boat had been heard of. Mr A. M'Beath gave information to the police last evening, and they started away to assist in the search.

Otago Witness, 16 October 1875

Our Lawrence correspondent telegraphs :- Mr James Campbell and son have just returned from the Tuapeka Mouth, after having spent several days in search of their brother, Duncan Campbell. They report the boat has been found tied up to a manuka stump about three miles below, on the opposite side of the Molyneux River. Footprints are near the boat, and lead up the steep bank to a ledge of rocks, where his hat was found, and he had been sick. It is supposed he must have fallen asleep, and slipped off the rock into nine feet of water. The friends have very little hope of recovering the body. The police are still searching.

Tuapeka Times Wednesday 3 November 1875:2

Information reached the police yesterday afternoon that a dead body had been found in the Molyneux about five miles below Greenfield Station. Nothing whatever was said about its identification, but it is believed to be that of the unfortunate man Duncan Campbell, whose supposed death by drowning at Tuapeka Mouth was reported a few weeks ago.
A constable was dispatched with instructions to bring the body up to Tuapeka Mouth where an Inquest will be held today.

Death Registry

Found drowned on November 2nd 1875 at Clutha River near Clydevale, Duncan Campbell, Male, 56 years, Farmer, by Mr John Tyson
Verdict of Jury. Found drowned, but how drowned, not sufficient evidence to show. The informant is E.L. Cousin? Coroner, Lawrence. Registered 5th November.

Otago Daily Times, Friday 5 November 1875:2


Otago Witness Saturday 13 November 1875
Page 7 Column 5

Our Lawrence correspondent informs us by telegraph that the body of Duncan Campbell was found on the bank of the river at the mouth of a small creek 13 miles below Tuapeka Mouth by Mr John Tyson on Tuesday.(2nd)
The body was brought up to Tuapeka Mouth and an inquest was held yesterday by the Coroner and a verdict returned "Found Drowned".
A large number of friends followed the remains to the Lawrence Cemetery this afternoon.

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