At this point, I’m simply dipping my toe into Campbell Town and will be returning down the track for a more extensive visit.
While Campbell Town provides a convenient and fascinating break while driving between the North and the South, our interest in Campbell Town was personal and branches of our family history are intimately intertwined with the early days of English settlement in Campbell Town.
Being ardent book lovers, our first port of call in Campbell Town was The Book Cellar. This is a fabulous bookshop located in the convict cellars of one of Tasmania’s most interesting heritage properties Foxhunters Return, an 1830’s coaching inn also offering heritage accommodation. I was really pleased to find a copy of Early Deloraine, based on the writings of Geoff’s Great Great Uncle, Daniel Griffin. Far from being a stale rambling about local history, this is full of riveting yarns trailing through the areas early history and includes detailed family snippets.
So, while there’s great food and shopping, we were mainly in search of historic Churches, graveyards and finding what was the family farm.
In particular, we were following in the footsteps of James Newton, a former convict from Norfolk Island and Port Arthur and his wife Bridget Vaughan, who sailed out to Hobart on The Beulah, as a free settler under the orphan immigration scheme (I’ll go more into that later).
It would appear that although James and Bridget were husband and wife in this life, their religious differences saw them divided in the next with James buried at St Mathew’s Catholic Cemetery while James was buried at St Luke’s Anglican Church, Campbell Town. Unfortunately, we couldn’t find either of their graves.
However, we did find their former home.
We ended up spending several hours at Campbell Town and really soaked up it’s colonial appeal. In particular, we loved historic Red Bridge, which crosses the Elizabeth River.
Unfortunately, time is marching on and I’ll never to leave Campbell Town there. Blogging and travelling are proving mutually exclusive.