The story starts in 1796 when his vessel "Sydney Cove" departs Bengal (info) bound to test trade in the new British colony. He goes on to build a merchant empire on a wharf built for £20,000 (a staggering amount for the day) an historic area that was to become the cradle of Australian commerce.
Robert Campbell (1804-1859)(bio)
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This article from The Sydney Morning Herald - 28 March 1936 goes on to explain the events surrounding the estabishment of the Duntroon Estate and the establishment of a pastoral empire...
National Library of Australia (here)
Very interesting, I wonder what he traded.ReplyDelete
I think he would have traded just about anything Keith. Apart from the mention of seal skins and sperm oil I have also read of walnuts, weapons and hatchets... all manner of things I imagine.ReplyDelete