Bridget Maher and James Campbell
Bridget Maher was born in Thurles Tipperary Ireland, daughter of Martin Maher and Mary
Maher. Bridget came to Australia with her parents and sisters aboard the Eliza in 1855.
Shipping records record her age as being 12 at the time, however a notation in the records
suggests she may have actually been about 18. This is not surprising since both her parents
had claimed to be much younger than they were. Her death certificate gives her age as 25
making her date of birth about 1840.
James Campbell - was born 1838, son of John and Margaret Campbell of Phoenix Park.
Marriage: Bridget married James in Maitland in 1862 [ref 2225/1862]
Their Children were:
10055/1863 CAMPBELL MARGARET born MORPETH . Married Charles Anderson in
1883 in Sydney ref 1945/1883. Died in 1938
Maitland Mercury dated 12th May 1938:
MRS. MARGARET ANDERSON.
The death occurred on the 27th ult., of Mrs. Margaret Anderson, of 'Spreydon,' Verdun street,
Bexley. She was 75 years of age. Born at Phoenix Park, Morpeth, she was a daughter of
the late Mr. and Mrs. James Campbell. During tho past two years Mrs. Anderson was visited
by Rev. Father J. Hyland, P.P. (Rockdale), Rev. Father J. I. Sherin, P.P. (Hurstville), and of late.
Rev. Father J. C. Moverley brought her Holy Communion regularly. The Last Sacraments were
administered by Rev. Father M. Kiely. De ceased, who is survived by her husband, Charles
Anderson, and six children, Annie (Mrs. P. Duggan), Winnie (Mrs. F. Gosbee), Hilma (Mrs. H.
O'Reilly), Gladys (Mrs. G. Robertson), Alan and Miss Madge Anderson, had lived nt Bexley for
the past 24 years. In the Rozelle district she was widely known, and there reared her family.
The remains were taken to St. Joseph's Church, Rozelle, where Requiem Mnss was celebrated
on Thursday, 28th ult. Rev. Father A. Malin, &.V.D., was the celebrant. The funeral was to the
Field of Mars Cemetery, where Rev. Father G. Bartlett, P.P., officiated. Wood, Coffill, Ltd., had
charge of the funeral arrangements. — R.I.P.
10952/1864 CAMPBELL MARY A born MORPETH. Died 1873 - see below
CAMPBELL Twins were born 25/26th September 1865. One, Bridget was buried 3rd
October 1862 aged 8 days, however there is no registration of her birth. The other was
probably stillborn and there is no record of its birth or death.
Death: Bridget died 26th September 1865 aged 25 following a haemorrhage after delivery of
twins. She is buried in the Hiland Crescent Cemetery [e] [transcript held]
MYSTERIOUS DISAPPEARANCE OF A LITTLE GIRL.
Information reached the police authorities yesterday morning of the disappearance, since
Friday last, between two and three o'clock, of a little girl between eight and nine years of
age, named Mary Ann Campbell, daughter of a farmer named James Campbell, of Phoenix
ParK. For the last four or five months the little girl has been staying at her aunt's, Mrs.
O'Neill, at Fishery Creek. Mrs. O'Neill was away from home at the time, and her husband,
who was lying beside the fire, told the little girl not to take the child out of the house till its
mother came home. A few minutes after he heard the child cry out. He ran outside, took the
child from the girl Campbell, and, by way of chastisement for disobeying his orders, struck
her twice with his hat. The little girl passed round the end of the house (which is situated
close to the bank of Fishery Creek) and he saw no more of her, although he sent his boy to
look for and call her, and made strict search himself. He reported the circumstance to a
neighbour next day, but made no search that evening, as he thought she might have gone
to the house of another relative. Yesterday Senior-sergeant Kerrigan, with other members of
the force, searched the creek near the house of O'Neill, as it was supposed she might have
slipped in and been drowned. This supposition was somewhat strengthened by the fact of
two footmarks being found near the edge of the water, but no other marks could be
discovered in the vicinity which might indicate that she had been there , and as the soil of
the embankment is very soft, some other marks must have been made had she been there.
How- ever, acting on the possibility of her having been drowned in the creek, the police
dragged the spot for a considerable time, but without success. When she disappeared, she
had on a blue merino dress, well worn, leather boots, and red stockings. Her complexion was
rather dark, the features long, hair dark brown, and cut short to the ears. She was rather tall
and stout for her age, and is said to have been a rather good looking and intelligent child. As
may be supposed, her father (her only living parent) feels the greatest anxiety for the child's
safety, and every effort is being made by the police and others to ascertain what has become
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Right Grave of Bridget Agnes Campbell
nee Maher and baby Bridget. The
Gloria in excelsis deo
This stone is erected by James
A native of Phoenix Park Hunter River
In Memory if his beloved wife
BRIDGET AGNES CAMPBELL
A native of the County Tipperary
Ireland Who departed this life
26th of September 1865 Aged 25 years
May her soul rest in peace
Leaving a sorrowing husband and 3
children to mourn their loss
Thou art gone to thy rest dear wife
Thy toils and cares are o’er
And sorrow pain and suffering now
Shall neer distress thee more
daughter of the
Above who died 3rd of October 1865
aged 8 days
Last Update 5th September 2013