Guide to the Records of Campbell & Company (as filmed by the AJCP)



National Library of Australia View Catalogue Record

Created: 2018

Collection Summary

Records of Campbell & Company (as filmed by the AJCP)
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1 item
Language of Materials
Australian Joint Copying Project
The Australian Joint Copying Project (AJCP) online portal was created with the assistance of the Australian Public Service Modernisation Fund, 2017-2020. The National Library of Australia gratefully acknowledges the contribution of the other foundation AJCP partners, the State Library of New South Wales and The National Archives of the UK, and all other organisations which supported the work of the AJCP, the world's most extensive collaborative copying project, operating from 1948 to 1997.


Scope and Contents

Letter 1840 from Campbell & Co to Henry Dangar, Neotsfield, Hunter River, New South Wales, concerning his account and usual charges on transactions in the colony, also mentioning that his arrangement with Campbell & Co about his wool was satisfactory.

Conditions Governing Access

Available for Access.

Conditions Governing Use

Many of the records digitised as part of the AJCP are still in copyright. Readers wishing to publish or reproduce documents should seek permission, in the first instance, from the owner of the original material.

Preferred Citation

Acknowledgement of use of this material should refer to the location of the original material and to the Australian Joint Copying Project.

Items from this collection should include references to the location of the original material and to the AJCP nla.obj number, which serves as the online identifier for the digital copy.

Example: M Series: Journal of Capt. James Cook, 18 February 1770, British Library Add. MS 27885 (AJCP ref:

Archival History

Material selectively filmed as part of the Australian Joint Copying Project, 1962 (AJCP Reels: M393). Original microfilm digitised as part of the AJCP Online Delivery Project, 2017-2020.

Existence and Location of Originals

Mr D.F.O. Dangar. Devon, England

Existence and Location of Copies

The original AJCP microfilm of the records filmed from this collection is available at the National Library of Australia [] as well as other institutions holding AJCP microfilm.

Finding-aid Notes

This finding aid is a revised online version of the original finding aid prepared by the Australian Joint Copying Project (AJCP), published by the National Library of Australia in 2018. The original AJCP finding aids were unpublished typescripts or photocopies available from libraries that held copies of the original microfilm.

Dates used in this finding aid refer to the date range of the records selected for filming rather than to the date range of the Series or Files.


Business records; Campbell & Co; Campbell, Roben; Dangar, D.F.O.; Dangar, Henry; Hunter River, New South Wales; Mercantile firms; Neotsfield, Hunter River, New South Wales; Wool and woolgrowing: Australia; Wool Merchants


Originally cited in Australian Joint Copying Project Handbook. Part 8: Miscellaneous (M) Series. Third Edition, published 1998. Entry 89, p31.

Biographical / Historical

Robert Campbell (1769-1846) was a merchant in India before settling in Sydney in 1800. Campbell & Co. was soon the leading merchant house in Sydney. In 1811, however, while he was in England, his London agent failed and when he returned to Sydney in 1815 the company was liquidated. By 1820 he had established an agency and commission business and in the next few years he entered the intercolonial trade and became a shipowner again. In 1826 he formed a partnership with two of his sons and re-established Campbell & Co.

Henry Dangar (1796-1861) migrated to New South Wales in 1821 and was appointed an assistant in the Survey Department. He was responsible for preparing the plans of Newcastle and surveying much of the lower Hunter Valley. He was dismissed in 1827 for using his public position for private gain. He returned to England, but came back to Australia in 1830 as surveyor to the Australian Agricultural Company. He explored and surveyed the Liverpool Plains and recommended that the Company acquire an extensive tract of the country. In 1833 Dangar retired and settled at his property Neotsfield, near Singleton. He increased his holdings greatly and by 1850 owned or leased over 300,000 acres. He also owned town allotments in Newcastle and along the Great North Road to the Liverpool Plains. He was a member of the Legislative Council from 1845 to 1851.

Item Descriptions

Letter from Robert Campbell & Co. (Sydney) to Henry Dangar, 1840 (File)

The letter encloses a statement of Dangar's account and two bills and refers to interest on transactions, the current 'extreme distress for money', and the good arrangement made by Dangar concerning his wool.