Colonial Secretary Index, 1788-1825

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Campbell, J to Campbell, John Thomas (Apr 1818)


1823 Jan, Apr

On lists of prisoners detained for trial at Campbelltown and victualled by Thomas Burke, District Constable (Reel 6058; 4/1769 pp.155b, 157c)


1823 May 12

On list of witnesses to clearing gang bonds; witness for George T Palmer (Reel 6022; 4/7014 p.321)



In index to land grants in Van Diemen's Land (Fiche 3262; 4/438 pp.18, 22)

CAMPBELL, James. Arrived c.1802

1810 Feb

Petition for mitigation of sentence (Fiche 3163; 4/1846 p.43)


1810 Oct 5

Sworn evidence of referred to in Letter to Ellis Bent, Judge Advocate, re case involving Isaac Nichols and William Bassett (Reel 6002; 4/3490D p.20)


1814 May 14

Had absconded from lawful employment in Van Diemen's Land. Proclamation requiring surrender of before 1 Dec or he would be deemed an outlaw and dealt with accordingly (Reel 6038; SZ1044 pp.214-7)

CAMPBELL, James. Seaman, "Earl St Vincent"

1819 Jan 8

Discharge from "Earl St Vincent", to enter service of Joseph Underwood and Mrs Reiby, approved (Reel 6006; 4/3499 p.254)

CAMPBELL, James. Per "Baring", 1815

1815 Nov 28

Placed as servant to William Campbell (Reel 6045; 4/1733 p.177)

CAMPBELL, James. Per "Daphne", 1819

1825 Jan

On list of convicts in the employ of Daniel Brady of Airds; from Jul 1824 (Fiche 3121; 4/1840B No.77 p.440)

CAMPBELL, James. Per "Eagle"; from India


Petition for mitigation of sentence (Fiche 3163; 4/1846 p.44)


On list of convicts who have received absolute pardons [Apr 1811] (Fiche 3292; 4/6974.1 p.77)

CAMPBELL, James. Per "Isabella"

1822 May 23

On list of prisoners assigned (Fiche 3290; 4/4570D p.18)

CAMPBELL, James. Per "Mangles"

1823 Sep 26

On list of prisoners assigned (Fiche 3290; 4/4570D p.23)

CAMPBELL, James. Per "Shipley", 1822

1822 Mar 14

On list of convicts landed from the "Shipley" and forwarded to Parramatta for distribution (Reel 6009; 4/3505 p.14)

1822 Jul 8

Clerk to Mrs Hassall. On return of proceedings of the Bench of Magistrates, Parramatta (Fiche 3297; X643 p.19)


On list of convicts mustered in the employ of James Hassall of Bathurst; in 1823-24 (Fiche 3160; 4/1844C No.829 p.1107)


1802 Jul 24

Punished for stealing from French ship "Geographie" (Reel 6037; SZ989 p.90)



1804 Aug 11

On list of all grants and leases of land registered in the Colonial Secretary's Office (Fiche 3268; 9/2731 p.148)


CAMPBELL, John Thomas. Secretary to Governor Macquarie; Provost Marshal

John Thomas Campbell was recommended to Macquarie by the Earl of Caledon, Governor of the Cape of Good Hope, when he called there on his way to New South Wales in 1809; and Campbell joined Macquarie's party. He was appointed Secretary to the Governor on 1 January 1810 and held this post until 21 January 1821. He received a number of additional appointments: Registrar of the Court of Vice Admiralty, 11 June 1810; Trustee and Agent for Intestate Estates, 22 June 1811; Secretary and Treasurer of Committee of Native Institution, 10 December 1814; as a Justice of the Peace and Magistrate, 25 October 1815; to the Committees of the Male and Female Orphan Institutions, 1818; Provost Marshal, 6 March 1819-1824; and Sheriff briefly in 1824. He was also the first President of the Board of Directors of the Bank of New South Wales, 1817-21, and held land at Bringelly and near Rooty Hill. He died at Sydney on 7 January 1830.

As Secretary to the Governor, Campbell was Macquarie's chief assistant in the administration of the colony. It was thought impractical to index under his name all the various applications, reports and petitions addressed to him as Secretary or on which he took some action - they are indexed under the various other persons/subjects involved. Entries have been made, however, for papers relating to selected major matters he was concerned with as Secretary; to his salary, accommodation, land grants and other personal matters; to the administration of the Secretary's office; and to correspondence received in his other capacities, in particular as Provost Marshal.

1810 Jan 1

Appointed Secretary to Governor Macquarie (Reel 6039, 4/426 p.8; Reel 6037, SZ993 p.236)

1810 Jan 3

Public notice re wilful pulling down of Proclamations (Reel 6042; 4/1723 p.17)

1810 Jan 26-31

Re location of books, papers and mathematical instruments, taken from Government House at time of Governor Bligh's arrest (Reel 6042; 9/2736 pp.34-7, 41-3, 48)

1810 Feb 28

Governor Macquarie directing him to go on board the "Anne" to prepare a muster of convicts (Reel 6040; ML Safe 1/51 pp.167-70)

1810 Mar 19

Request from Charles Throsby for another assigned servant (Reel 6034; 9/2743 p.5)

1810 Apr 7

Request from John Oxley for confirmation of land granted by Colonel Paterson (Reel 6068; 4/1814 pp.1-2)

1810 Jun 11,25

Appointed Registrar of Court of Vice Admiralty on 11 Jun, first sitting 25 Jun (Reel 6038, SZ758 p.58; Reel 6039, 4/426 p.30; Reel 6040, 9/2735 p.1)

1811 Jan 7

Request from Acting Engineer, J Ovens, for a list of the barrack furniture, the property of Government, in Campbell's possession. List attached (Reel 6043; 4/1726 pp.199-200)

1811 Jan 22

Reply to Mrs Suttor's request for cows from the Government herds noting that matter not referred to Governor (Reel 6002; 4/3490D p.86)

1811 Feb 8

Memo re alteration to records relating to Patrick Marmion, a political prisoner (Reel 6043; 4/1726 pp.211-2)

1811 Feb 19

Advising Lord and Williams that Governor will dispense with contract re grain importation from India (Reel 6043; 4/1726 p.37)

1811 Jun 12

On list of persons to receive grants of land in different parts of the Colony as soon as they can be measured; at Bringelly or Cabramatta (Fiche 3266; 9/2652 p.6)

1811 Jun 22

Appointed Trustee and Agent for Intestate Estates (Reel 6039; 4/426 p.62)

1811 Jul 11

Re sales at auction by John Howe (Reel 6040; ML C197 p.28)

1812 Feb 3

Inviting Captain Thomas Cripps to become one of the curators of property of J B McHugo, a lunatic, if necessary (Reel 6002; 4/3491 p.176)

1812 Apr-May

Re payment in spirits to James Underwood for rent of his official residence in George Street (Reel 6043; 4/1727 pp.116-8)

1812 May 18,21-2

Respondent in case against Simeon Lord in High Court of Appeals (Reel 6042; 4/1724 pp.63-4, 68, 75-6)

1812 Jul 19-25, Sep

Re capital brought into country by John Blaxland; statements of his financial position analysed by Campbell (Reel 6043; 4/1727 pp.134-49, 158, 166-9)

1812 Aug 26

Asking G Blaxcell to release Thomas Connor from his employment, so that he could become Overseer at Campbell's farm "Shancomore" (Reel 6043; 4/1727 pp.396-7)

1812 Nov 6,7

Re affixation of Colonial Seal to two appeals lodged by Simeon Lord prior to transmission to England, Campbell being respondent in one, Arthur Hogue in the other (Reel 6002; 4/3491 pp.354, 356)

1812 Nov 24

Summons to appear as witness for defendant at court martial on Lieutenant Archibald McCreery (Reel 6043; 4/1727 pp.418-9)

1813 Feb 17

Report of inspection of convicts on "Archduke Charles" (Reel 6043; 4/1728 pp.88-90)

1813 Mar 17,19,20

Agent for Robert Murray in High Court of Appeals (Reel 6042; 4/1724 pp.90-2, 96-101)

1813 Jun 21

Transmitting to Lord, proceedings in case Lord versus Campbell (Reel 6002; 4/3491 p.484)

1813 Jun 21

Advising Simeon Lord that three appeals to the King in Council, in which he is Appellant, are ready for transmission (Reel 6043; 4/1728 pp.80-1)

1813 Oct 18

Receipt for house rented from James Underwood (Reel 6043; 4/1728 pp.255-6)

1813 Nov 15

Advising James Underwood that if repairs to house occupied by Campbell are not made within the week, he will seek to use rent for this purpose (Reel 6002; 4/3491 p.603)

1814 May 12

James Underwood requesting rent, in spirits, for house occupied by (Reel 6044; 4/1730 pp.97-8)

1814 Jun 23

Receipt for packet from Campbell received on "Amelia" for delivery to Fort William (Reel 6018; 4/3521 p.16)

1814 Aug 20

Thomas Raine expressing his gratitude for his assistance in his appointment as Commander of "Surry" (Reel 6044; 4/1731 p.3)

1814 Sep 12-16

Respondent in case in High Court of Appeals; John Laurie, D'Arcy Wentworth and Alexander Riley, Appellants (Reel 6042; 4/1724 pp.139, 143, 152)

1814 Sep 24

On list of civil officers who, in their capacity as settlers or proprietors of land, have Government men assigned to them who are to be victualled and clothed at the expense of the Crown for eighteen months (Reel 6004; 4/3493 p.314)

1814 Sep 29

Stationery required for Secretary's Office (Reel 6044; 4/1730 p.398)

1814 Nov 28

Captain R Murray, Calcutta, introducing Captain Scould (Reel 6044; 4/1730 p.423)

1814 Dec 10

Appointed Secretary and Treasurer of Committee of Native Institution (Reel 6038, SZ759 p.14; Reel 6044, 4/1730 p.345)

1815 May 2

Attending Governor on an excursion into the Interior; correspondence would be dealt with on his return (Reel 6018; 4/3521 pp.44-7)

1815 May 20

W J Speed offering to sell liquor consigned to Campbell's charge on "Cochin" (Reel 6045; 4/1733 pp.138-9). Reply, 23 May (Reel 6045; 4/1733 p.140)

1815 Jun 10

Accompanied Macquarie on journey over Blue Mountains (Reel 6038; SZ759 p.103)

1815 Jun 24

George Williams requesting support in establishing retail shop, Campbell having been his patron (Reel 6045; 4/1733 pp.149-50)

1815 Aug 5

James Underwood paid from Police Fund for rent of house occupied by Campbell (Reel 6038; SZ759 p.120)

1815 Oct 25

Appointed Justice of the Peace and Magistrate (Reel 6038; SZ759 p.148)

1815 Nov 18; 1816 Jul 27

On return of horned cattle issued from the Government Herds between 8 May 1814 and 9 Jan 1819 (Reel 6048; 4/1742 pp.44, 45)

1816 Jan 1

Secretary to the Governor. On list of persons holding civil and military employments in New South Wales & its dependencies (Reel 6045; 4/1734 p.10)

1816 Jan 20

Appointed to Committee to examine store receipts (Reel 6038; SZ759 p.172)

1816 Feb 5

Convicts disembarked from the "Ocean" assigned to at Parramatta (Reel 6004; 4/3494 p.337)

1816 Mar 4

William Sutton asking why his name had not appeared in the Sydney Gazette for his Waterloo subscription & Campbell's reply (Reel 6045; 4/1734 p.88)

1816 Mar 27

Advising James Underwood that house rented to Campbell no longer required (Reel 6004; 4/3494 p.416)

1816 Apr 13,26

Informing Deputy Commissary General Allan that he was allowed four Government men on the stores at his farm at Shancomore (Reel 6004; 4/3494 pp.462, 471)

1816 May 8

Gave assistance to expedition against hostile natives (Reel 6045; 4/1735 pp.33-41)

1816 May 20

Receipt from James Underwood for rent of house in George Street recently occupied by Campbell (Reel 6046; 4/1736 pp.75-6)

1816 Jun 22

On list of persons to be issued with horned cattle from the Government Herds (Reel 6038, SZ759 p.214; Reel 6031, 4/7028A p.35)

1816 Jul 17

Richard Fitzgerald re payment of rent in corn by Campbell's tenants, Paul and Lane (Reel 6046; 4/1736 pp.104-5)

1816 Sep 5

Richard Fitzgerald advising Campbell that his tenants had not yet paid their rent in corn (Reel 6045; 4/1735 pp.128-9)

1816 Sep 7

James Mileham expressing pleasure at Governor's recovery and asking Campbell to present his sincerest regards to family (Reel 6045; 4/1735 p.130)

1816 Sep 28

Account for building wall in front of his residence (Reel 6046; 4/1736 p.123)

1816 Oct 7

William Hilton Hovell seeking appointment as Harbour Master and requesting Campbell's assistance (Reel 6045; 4/1735 pp.152-3)

1816 Oct 8

Authorising payment to Jonathan Griffiths for the hire of his brig "Rosetta" to retake the brig "Trial", seized by pirates (Reel 6045; 4/1735 pp.154-6)

1816 Oct 9

Welcoming Judge Advocate John Wylde and family to the Colony (Reel 6045; 4/1735 pp.161-2)

1816 Oct 10

Report on his muster of convicts on "Elizabeth" (Reel 6045; 4/1735 pp.157-60)

1816 Oct 10

John Wylde requesting interview (Reel 6045; 4/1735 p.163)

1816 Nov 6

Forwarding list of persons to receive land (Fiche 3266; 9/2652 pp.36-7)

1816 Nov 16

General Order re augmentation of his salary (Reel 6038; SZ759 pp.278-9)

1816 Nov 18

Enquiry re public school hours; re education of William Cadell, Mr Campbell's convict servant (Reel 6046; 4/1736 pp.177-8). Reply from Thomas Bowden, 18 Nov (Reel 6046; 4/1736 p.176)

1816 Nov 19

To be invited to attend meeting of magistrates and merchants to discuss the colonial currency (Reel 6005; 4/3495 p.285)

1816 Nov 25

List of those persons to whom circular letter was addressed, inviting them to attend a meeting re financial problems in the Colony (Reel 6045; 4/1735 pp.222-4)

1816 Nov 28

Re cost of clothing and rations per year for each convict (Reel 6046; 4/1736 p.179)

1816 Dec

Secretary and Treasurer of Institution for Civilization, Care and Education of the Aborigines or Black Natives of New South Wales (Reel 6046; 4/1736 p.42)

1816 Dec 4

John Wylde stating he had received set of Statutes at Large from Jeffrey Hart Bent (Reel 6046; 4/1736 pp.10-2)

1816 Dec 7

Re Alexander Riley's summons to attend the Supreme Court by Mr Justice Bent; thanking Campbell for his opinion (Reel 6046; 4/1736 pp.14-6)

1816 Dec 14

Re supply of his cattle to stores (Reel 6046; 4/1736 pp.194-5)

1817 Jan 16

Peter Plomer, Clerk in Secretary's Office, seeking increase in rations (Reel 6047; 4/1739 pp.114-6)

1817 Jan 27

To be addressed by letter only within his public office hours (Reel 6005; 4/3495 p.470). Apology, 4 Feb (Reel 6047; 4/1739 p.128)

1817 Feb 17

Re payment of his salary; bill awaiting collection (Reel 6047; 4/1739 pp.150-2)

1817 Feb 25

Frederick Garling giving notice of having lodged detainer against J H Bent and Mrs Eliza Bent for debt (Reel 6046; 4/1737 pp.207-8)

1817 Mar 14

Jeffery Hart Bent questioning legality of delaying his departure from the Colony by the issuing of detainer & complaining of treatment of him by Governor & Secretary (Reel 6046; 4/1737 pp.209-13)

1817 Mar 14

Convicts disembarked from "Fame" assigned to at Liverpool (Reel 6005; 4/3496 p.54)

1817 Mar 22

Forwarding accounts in favour of Mrs Shelley, Manager of Native Institution, to Campbell as Treasurer (Reel 6046; 4/1737 pp.221-2)

1817 Apr 30-1818 Aug 15

Payment of additional salary from Police Fund (Reel 6038; SZ759 pp.347, 375, 442, 493)

1817 May 30

Frederick Garling applying for Court of Appeal to be held (Reel 6047; 4/1739 pp.206-7)

1817 Aug 1

Report on muster of convicts on "Chapman" (Reel 6046; 4/1738 pp.7-14)

1817 Aug 2

Alexander Dewar requesting certain persons be kept in readiness to answer questions at enquiry into treatment of convicts per "Chapman" (Reel 6046; 4/1738 p.15)

1817 Aug 13,14

Appointed member of Committee of Inquiry into deaths and general ill-treatment of convicts on "Chapman" (Reel 6046, 4/1738 pp.17-9; Reel 6005, 4/3496 p.300)

1817 Aug 16

Paid from the Police Fund subscription on the part of Government for relief of distressed families of settlers who suffered from the late floods (Reel 6038; SZ759 p.372)

1817 Aug 19

John Drake, master of "Chapman", seeking protection for his ship's company during Court of Inquiry (Reel 6046; 4/1738 pp.20-3)

1817 Aug 25

Judge Advocate suggesting that the meat ration be increased while the colony experiencing a shortage of wheat and other grains (Reel 6046; 4/1738 pp.229-31)

1817 Aug 30

Dennis McCarty protesting against Government rate for conveyance of soldiers and prisoners (Reel 6046; 4/1738 pp.259-62)

1817 Sep 4-Nov 8

John Drake, master of "Chapman", seeking leave to sail and complaining about length of time ship detained by enquiry (Reel 6046; 4/1738 pp.24-5, 43-57)

1817 Sep 13

John Wylde summoning him to appear as witness for D'Arcy Wentworth in charges made by Lieutenant Governor Molle (Reel 6046; 4/1737 pp.139-40)

1817 Sep 19

James Allan stating all precautions were taken to prevent prostitution during transport of female convicts on "Canada" (Reel 6046; 4/1738 p.290)

1817 Sep 20

Alexander Dewar requesting rations due as Surgeon and Superintendent of convicts on "Chapman" (Reel 6046; 4/1738 p.42)

1817 Nov 15

Campbell's report on enquiry into ill-treatment of convicts per "Chapman" (Reel 6046; 4/1738 pp.62-7)

1817 Nov 18

John Wylde requesting him to attend re-assembly of Committee of Enquiry into treatment of convict on "Chapman" (Reel 6046; 4/1738 p.88)

1817 Nov 21-30

Replies to circular giving opinions on solitary confinement sentences and muster of convicts for Sunday observance (Reel 6047; 4/1739 pp.7-54)

1817 Nov 27

Master of "Lord Eldon", J J Lamb, explaining delay in securing clearance from Judge Advocate's Office prevented him from keeping appointment (Reel 6047; 4/1739 p.278)

1817 Nov 27

Re complaint of Lamb, Master of "Lord Eldon", that Campbell caused delay in obtaining clearance (Reel 6005; 4/3497 p.167)

1817 Dec 1-8

Alexander Dewar, Surgeon R.N., acknowledging Governor's order of being sent home under open arrest re charges of ill-treatment of convicts per "Chapman". Requesting copies of his journal and his passage money (Reel 6046; 4/1738 pp.150, 156-9)

1817 Dec 10

Robert Nesbitt offering to give statement re events on "Chapman" (Reel 6046; 4/1738 pp.162-3)

1817 Dec 10-20

Re necessity for witnesses to be sent to England in cases of those charged with murder of convicts on "Chapman" (Reel 6046; 4/1738 pp.160-1, 165-7, 172, 176-7; 4/1737 pp.182-6)

1817 Dec 16

Recommending Charles Raven for conditional pardon (Fiche 3180; 4/1852 p.276)

1817 Dec 16

Recommending William Oliver for mitigation of sentence (Fiche 3180; 4/1852 p.263)

1818 Jan 8,9

William Randall requesting recommendation to the Governor for position of master of "Lady Nelson" (Reel 6047; 4/1740 pp.38-42)

1818 Jan 16

Convicts disembarked from "Ocean" assigned to at Parramatta for use on his Shancomore Estate, Bringelly (Reel 6005; 4/3497 pp.303-5, 307)

1818 Mar 2

Sending document to Newcomen Edgeworth in advance of collection date, and note of appreciation (Reel 6047; 4/1741 pp.245-6)

1818 Mar 10,14

Francisco Mathias Nieves, Alphonso Dumartray and Henry Piddington re repairs to damaged Spanish brig "San Antonio de Padua", ship's protest enclosed (Reel 6047; 4/1740 pp.91-109)

1818 Mar 16

Re result of public meeting of magistrates ordered by Governor Macquarie (Reel 6047; 4/1740 pp.11-2)

1818 Mar 27

Paying annual subscription to Auxiliary Bible Society of New South Wales (Reel 6047; 4/1741 pp.241-3)

1818 Apr 9

David Allan giving assurance that it was the rule of the Commissariat Department to supply convict ships with fresh provisions on arrival (Reel 6047; 4/1741 pp.263-4)

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