The Campbells of Cromla

Copyright Carol Baxter 2012
Prepared for Campbell descendant Jeanette Bradley

Bruce McGregor Campbell Children and Grand Children

4.5 Bruce McGregor Campbell:

Three children – two boys and one girl

4.5.1. Bruce Ian Spencer Campbell was born in 1899.

Bruce Ian Spencer was educated at Knox College, Milsons Point until the time of his father's death in 1911, after which the family was broken up and, about this time Bruce became a cabin boy on the Sydney/ New York shipping run. Gradually, he worked himself up to become a more senior crew member and ultimately, senior purser. He decided to live in the USA and married a woman named Helen R (surname unknown). He was residing in New York in 1927. In his new country, he called himself Bruce L Campbell believing it to be a more American name. His sister, Marie (Campbell – Winney), described him as being good looking, and most personable. There is a photo of him looking dapper in uniform and his note on the reverse says "You can’t keep a good man down. An officer that rose from the ranks, and Known in seven countries".

His niece Jeanette Bradley has a magazine cutting with a photo from Hotel World "Bruce L. Campbell, who has been appointed manager of New York's Embassy [hotel]. He previously managed the Dauphin. Other hotels he has managed during the past 20 years include the Manhattan Towers, Park Plaza, Ruxton, all in New York. In 1939 he was living at 43 – 14, 55th Street Woodside Long Island New York USA.

Bruce Ian Spencer wrote regularly to his Mother (Lilian Grace Campbell) and sent money to her each Christmas.

Bruce Ian Spencer died in 1954. He had no children.

4.5.2. Lili Muire Granger Campbell was born on 28 January 1900 at her parent’s residence in Albert Street, Willoughby, NSW.

She was known as Marie. She attended the newly established Roseville College which had been recently established in the forest ranger’s residence “Hinemoa” still a quite rural area. A childhood friend remembers that Sometimes after school I used to go home with Marie Campbell, whose home was on Boundary St. We would put the reins on her pony and both get on the back and trot through the bush, sometimes meeting the baker who gave us a cheery greeting.

As a child Marie spent time at Cromla the home of her grandparents John and Elizabeth Campbell in Roseville. She recalled swimming the horses in the dam, the grape arbour and the punt which took them across the harbour to Sussex St wharves where her grandfather John Campbell had his grain merchant business.

On 11 July 1925, at St Stephen’s Presbyterian Church, Sydney then at the top end of Martin Place, Lili Muire Granger married Ivor Victor Winney a civil servant and Bank Officer and when their daughter Jeanette was born in 1931, they were living at Carinya 2 Ferncourt Ave, Chatswood. They were still there in 1939.

Lili Muire Granger (Marie) died aged 80, on13 February 1980 at Glencourt 2A Shirley Road, Roseville where she had been residing for at least 12 years. The cause of death was coronary occlusion. She was cremated at the Northern Suburbs Crematorium.

Lili Muire had two children - Ivor Kenneth Winney (Ken) born 14 Jan 1927 and Jeanette Muire Winney born 25 March 1931.

4.5.3. Norman Bethune Peat Campbell was born c1902.

He was just a nine years old when his father Bruce McGregor Campbell died. We do not know much about his life thereafter except that the change in circumstances must have been dire. The family was forced to move in with maternal grandparents in Ashfield. At some stage Norman moved to the country and worked as a station hand. He returned to Sydney and in 1927 became a tramway employee at Hurstville. Norman Bethune Peat married Florence M Holland (known as Mabel) in 1921. They had three children Ray born 1927, Betty born 1929 and Glenn born 1931.

His niece Jeanette Muire Winney met him a few times when the family moved to Bankstown then a rural area and relates that they had poultry and fruit trees. She remembers her Uncle Norman as tall and slim with blue eyes, gentle and kind. In 1939 they were living at 12 Stacey Street Bankstown.

Norman Bethune Peat died on 1 Nov 1976 at Heathcote Sydney. The death notice in SMH 3 November 1976 p20 states

Campbell Norman Bethune Peate(sp?) – 1 November 1976 at hospital, late of Heathcote, dearly beloved husband of Florence, fond father of Ray, Betty and Glenn, dear father-in-law of Molly and George, dear Grandfather and Great grandfather of their families. Rest in peace.

We have no further knowledge of these children.

4.5.1.Children of Bruce Ian Spencer Campbell (1899 - ? ) (son of Bruce McGregor Campbell):

No children.

4.5.2Children of Lili Muire Granger Campbell (1900 – 1980) (daughter of Bruce McGregor Campbell).

Lili Muire Granger married Ivor Victor Winney:

4.5.2.1. Ivor Kenneth Winney (Ken) was born 14 January 1927 at Northbridge NSW. The family moved from Northbridge to 2 Ferncourt Avenue, Chatswood when he was 10 months old and he lived in that house until he married. Ivor Kenneth obtained his primary education at Roseville Public School and then Artarmon Opportunity School. His secondary education was undertaken at North Sydney Boys High School. He developed a strong interest in the Anglican Church and was a Sunday school teacher and treasurer for St Barnabas Roseville for many years. He sang in the Church choir there.

On leaving school, Ivor Kenneth joined the NSW Department of Road Transport and Tramways (DRT&T) where he worked in various sections and studied accountancy at night. He became proficient at shorthand. Although he applied to join the RAAF at the outbreak of WW2, he was rejected as unfit because he had flat feet (which he attributes to being on his feet all day at the Registration Records Section of DRT&T). Ivor Kenneth obtained experience in the Newcastle Branch of DRT&T overseeing the conversion of many train services to bus and obtaining valuable experience in timetabling. This together with his university studies, allowed him to rise swiftly so that in 1970 aged 43, he was appointed the youngest District Superintendent in DRT&T. In 1976 he became Planning Superintendent and in 1979, Area Manager North. In 1983 he became Branch Head, Development and Co-ordination Manager, a position he held until his retirement on 16 January 1987.

On 10 October 1953 at Epping Ivor Kenneth married Joan Margaret Dibley at Epping Methodist Church. Initially they lived at 80 Carlingford Road Epping; then moved to Newcastle for work reasons and then back to Epping. They are foundation members and trustees of the West Epping Methodist Church. Ivor Kenneth also undertook the role of treasurer of the church for some 17 years during a major building phase. He continues his involvement in the church choir now as conductor and serves in various capacities with the church eg Chairman of Congregation, Chairman of Finance and convenor of bible study group. He has several hobbies including the Australian Railway Historical Society, 3801 locomotive restoration, Rail Motor Society and Sydney Tramway Museum. He also likes to travel. Ivor Kenneth now lives with his wife Joan at Allan Walker Village 89 Cliff Road Epping where he is much involved in administration and activities.

Ivor Kenneth has three children Judith Margaret born 27 December 1954, Lynette Marie born 7 December 1956, and David Kenneth born 2 October 1960.

4.5.2.2. Jeanette Muire Winney

Jeanette Muire was born on 25 March 1931 and lived with her parents and elder brother at 2 Ferncourt Avenue, Chatswood. Jeanette was considered reserved, dainty and gentle. She was an avid reader, loved her dolls and, from the age of three, she attended Sunday School at St Barnabas Church of England, Roseville East where she became a choirgirl in the making. One of her happiest childhood memories was the night her father, who was not fond of cats, brought home a kitten (named Misty) tucked up in his daily newspaper who had travelled in his arm all the way from the city in a train. Jeanette got the happiest shock of her life and cried with joy. Misty was like her living doll and was subjected to being dressed in dolls clothes and wheeled around in her dolls pram. Jeanette attended Roseville Public School (1936 – 1943) where she excelled in her academic pursuits. The same can’t be said for her sporting “prowess”! By World War II, the playgrounds became the site of trenches and there were air-raid drills. With her grandmother (Lilian Grace Granger Campbell), she was evacuated to a country property for some months after the 1942 Japanese submarine attack on Sydney Harbour. Upon returning to her family, she completed primary school becoming Dux of Girls'. Little did she know that a blond haired nine-year-old boy would walk by the family home every day hoping to see her. Jeanette attended Hornsby Girls' (Selective) High School. She was a prefect and was a member of both her school and Roseville church choirs. Jeanette attained her Leaving Certificate in 1948. She still maintains her school friendships and attends school reunions.

Jeanette has a flair for writing and this led her to seek out a position with an advertising agency. It quickly became apparent that the role to which she aspired was only given to men. As a female, a senior position was that of a private secretary. Her employer encouraged and funded her to attend night classes in shorthand and typing. Eventually she progressed to the senior role - handling correspondence, attending board meetings etc. Life was busy working long days and enjoying singing and piano lessons along with church choir practice after work.

The blond haired nine-year-old boy was now 21 and would appear at Chatswood Railway Station every day hoping to see her. He was extremely patient and persistent and they were engaged on her 22nd birthday in 1953. Jeanette and John were married in 1954. They lived with Jeanette’s widowed mother, Marie, until early 1960. They moved to Pymble 6 weeks before Janelle Louise was born. A son, Mark Campbell was born in 1962. John’s career was curtailed from the early 1970s when he was diagnosed with early-onset Parkinson's disease. Jeanette then needed to seek out part time work because of the family’s precarious future. After a few temporary jobs, she secured a role in the Banking Office of Farmers (now Myer) where she worked for 18 years. She developed some close friendships which she has maintained ever since. Jeanette was known for her diligence, calm disposition and cheeky sense of humour, which, at times shocked those who had nicknamed her “Choirgirl”. Jeanette enjoyed family holidays, one being Mt Buffalo Victoria (honeymoon location revisited). The highlight was one night when an indoor bowling competition was held for the guests. Given Jeanette’s sporting “prowess”, John nominated Jeanette to compete, thinking it would be great family entertainment. To their shock, she performed very well and guests were saying, “She’s done this before”. Jeanette went on to win the competition and decided to retire from sport after her only success. John retired at age 60 due to his deteriorating health including the early stages of vascular dementia; he died on 13 April 2005. Jeanette retired too. They enjoyed holidays in Japan, New Zealand, Fiji, UK and USA. However, it was becoming obvious that John could no longer travel. Jeanette took up yoga with her daughter, Janelle. However, they were known to spend too much time chatting and giggling rather than practising Pranayama or the Lotus Pose. The arrival of her son Mark’s three children brought much joy and continues to do so. She relishes the time spent together … and the exchange of emails.

Jeanette was determined to build a new and independent life. She has been actively involved with Probus for many years and spent five years on the Committee. She is a member of the Fellowship of First Fleeters, is interested in her family history, attends “Coffee and Discovery” events and Services at her local church and is the oldest participant of a seniors’ exercise class. Jeanette has enjoyed travel with Janelle to Greece, Europe and New Zealand. She is in contact with friends and family every day.

Jeanette Muire has two children Janelle Louise Bradley born 1960 and Mark Campbell Bradley born 1962.

4.5.3. Children of Norman Bethune Peat Campbell (c1902 – 1976) (son of Bruce McGregor Campbell):

4.5.3.1. Ray Campbell was born in 1927 and served in WW2.

4.5.3.2. Betty Campbell was born in 1929, She was blond, of a happy disposition, and very good at needlework. She had "buck" teeth.

4.5.3.3. Glenn Campbell born c1931

We have no further information on these children