• Bessie Maude Campion

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    • CAMPION, Bessie Maude – War Worker, Anzac Buffet
    • Posted by FrevFord, Wednesday, 18 July 2018

    Born on the 29th of August 1868 in New Zealand (reg.1868/14194) – daughter of Rowland Robert CAMPION and Annie Norman PORCH, who married in New Zealand on the 21/10/1867 Annie died at her father’s home in East Tamaki on the 3/4/1875, aged 25 Rowland, a Publican, remarried on the 22/12/1877 Auckland to Alice Sylvia Kathleen BAKER [R.R. still living NZ in 1883] Siblings: Norman Gifford b.2/6/1870 Auckland,NZ; Amy Henrietta Peard b.1872 NZ Bessie was a resident of Forres Elgin, Carberry St, Rockhampton, Qld 1903, 1905 [This property was owned by Mrs F.B. Hall] She embarked on the RMS Mongolia 2/4/1913 for London, travelling with Mrs F.B. Hall and her daughters WW1: Still travelling with Mrs Hall and her daughters when war broke out, they returned to the UK from Switzerland in December 1914, where they set up home and entertained Australian soldiers to afternoon teas A committee member of the London branch of the ANA, Bessie also visited soldiers in the hospitals and helped out at the Anzac Buffet She returned to Australia with the Halls (etc) on the Orvieto, embarking 1/11/1919 Miss B. Campion and Miss M. Hall arrived in Auckland on the RMS Makura from Sydney in Jan 1922 Bessie returned to Australia from the UK in April 1929 on the Cathay [having departed London on the 22/3/1929] – giving her address in Australia as C/- Capt R.J. Bennett, Ulinbawn, Glenbrook, Blue Mountains, NSW Travelling with her was Helena Margaret Baines HALL (giving same address as above) Resident of Ulinbourn, Glenbrook 1930, 1932; Wentworth Hotel, Lang St, Darling Harbour 1934; Blaxland 1936, 1943 [also at these addresses was HM Hall] Bessie died on the 27th of July 1947 at a private hospital in Gosford, NSW She was cremated at the Northern Suburbs Crematorium 28/7/1947 Daily Southern Cross, 31 Aug 1868 (p.2): BIRTHS On August 29, at her residence, Wynyard-street, the wife of Mr R. Campion, of a daughter. The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW), Wed 2 Apr 1913 (p.14): MONGOLIA FOR LONDON The following is a list of the passengers sailing by the P. and O. Company’s R.M.S. Mongolia, for London, via ports, from the company’s wharf, Circular Quay, at noon to-day: – ……………….. Mrs and Miss Wheeler, Mrs F.B. Hall, Miss Hall, Miss G. Hall, Miss M. Hall, ……….., Miss Campion, …………………. The Week (Brisbane, Qld), Fri 29 Jan 1915 (p.6): Ladies’ Page Social and Personal Mrs F. Baines Hall, and the Misses Baines Hall, and Miss Campion, of Queensland, arrived in England, early in December, from Switzerland, and when the last mail left, they were staying at the Strand Palace Hotel. Morning Bulletin (Rockhampton, Qld), Thur 10 Jun 1915 (p.5): PERSONAL NEWS Mrs F.B. Hall, who has been staying at Torquay, has gone to Falmouth for a short time with her three daughters and Miss Campion, Mrs H.G. Wheeler and Miss Wheeler, says the “British Australian” (London) of the 22nd of April. They go on to St Ives on the 24th instant and later to Bath, arriving in London at the beginning of May. Mrs Hall’s son, Mr W. Hall, is at Horsham, having joined the 22nd Royal Fusiliers some months ago. The Capricornian (Rockhampton, Qld), Sat 24 Jul 1915 (p.22): PERSONAL NEWS The London correspondent of the “North Queensland Register,” writing on the 21st of May, says: – “In the Palm Court of the Strand Palace Hotel I noticed the other day Mrs F.B. Hall and the Misses Hall, Mrs Wheeler and Miss Campion – all of Rockhampton.” Morning Bulletin (Rockhampton, Qld), Wed 29 Dec 1915 (p.7): CENTRAL QUEENSLANDERS IN ENGLAND LETTER FROM MRS H.G. WHEELER Writing to Miss M.S. Trotman, from 19 Hartfield road, Hartfield Rise, Eastbourne, Sussex, England, on the 19th of November, Mrs H.G. Wheeler says: – …………………………………………………….. I was not able to go to Epsom on Friday, and Miss Campion very kindly looked into my wards for me. Maskell was at Epsom and spoke to her and she took him to the canteen to tea. …………………….. The Capricornian (Rockhampton, Qld), Sat 11 Mar 1916 (p.18): CENTRAL QUEENSLANDERS IN ENGLAND LETTER FROM MRS H.G. WHEELER Mrs H.G. Wheeler, writing from Pollard’s Hill, Norbury, England, to Miss M.S. Trotman, under date the 27th of January, says: – ………………………………….. “The Australian Natives Association celebrated Australian Day by holding a corroboree at Caxton Hall. …………………………….. There was a competition for decorated tables. Of course we thought the Queensland table (Miss Campion’s) ought to have received the prize, but the judges thought otherwise, …………………… The Capricornian (Rockhampton, Qld), Sat 10 Jun 1916 (p.6): CENTRAL QUEENSLANDERS IN ENGLAND LETTER FROM MRS H.G. WHEELER Mrs H.G. Wheeler, writing to Miss M.S. Trotman from London on the 19th of April says: – …………………………………………………………………… “On Friday Mrs Hall very kindly drove me out to Harefield Park Hospital, Grace and Madge Hall and Miss Campion came too, and Miss Beta Richarson brought Mrs Alick Jardine, so we were quite a large party of Australians. The boys were very pleased to see us. …………………… The Capricornian (Rockhampton, Qld), Sat 12 Aug 1916 (p.19): CENTRAL QUEENSLANDERS IN ENGLAND LETTER FROM MRS H.G. WHEELER Mrs H.G. Wheeler, writing from London on the 28th of June, says: – “In my last letter I forgot to tell you that at the fair in aid of the Wounded Allies’ Fund there was an Australian stall presided over by Mrs T.J. Ryan, with many Australian helpers. Unfortunately we were not able to go, but Mrs Hall and the girls and Miss Campion were there. The stall realized about £350, and in connection with it there was a zoo of Australian stuffed animals and birds in charge of Australian soldiers, who were very amusing showmen. ……………………………….. https://trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/article/69795192 Every Week (Bairnsdale, Vic), Thur 1 Feb 1917 (p.6): LONDON LETTER Miss Pennefather writes from London under date of November 10th, more interesting news of our gallant soldiers on leave or in hospital in England………………….. Mrs Hall (Queensland) and her girls, and Miss Campion, who lives with them, asked me to bring some men to tea at their flat the week before last, and I took six from the K.G. They live close to Victoria Station, and give big teas to hospital men every fortnight. The boys had a glorious afternoon, and I am to take others again. ………………………………. Every Week (Bairnsdale, Vic), Thur 12 Jul 1917 (p.2): 92 Fleet St, April 24th There was a record attendance at the annual meeting of the Australian Natives’ Association last night. ………………………………………… The following seven out of eleven candidates were elected members of committee – …………… Miss Campion, Miss C. Pennefather. …………………………………. https://trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/article/153438282 Daily Herald (Adelaide, SA), Fri 5 Jul 1918 (p.5): AUSTRALIA’S DEAD PILGRIMAGE TO THE GRAVES IN ENGLAND The pilgrimage on Anzac Day to the graves of Australian soldiers buried in the United Kingdom proved most successful, and there is every reason to anticipate that it will be repeated……. A special service at Ipswich was conducted by the Archdeacon of Suffolk, and the graves near the A.I.F. camps on Salisbury Plains and at Weymouth were also remembered, those in particular at Durrington, Tidworth, and Salisbury being visited by a number of Queensland ladies, viz., Mesdames Bennett, Cannan, Webb, and Wheeler, and the Misses Campion and M. Hall, who made a special journey from London for the purpose. The Herald (Melb, Vic), Sat 28 Jun 1919 (p.11): ANZAC BUFFET IN LONDON INCREASES IN POPULARITY MANY ACTIVITIES QUOTED AT A.N.A. ANNUAL MEETING 92 Fleet street, April 30 That there is still plenty of work for the staff of the Anzac Buffet to do before it winds up that institution was the disclosure made at the annual meeting last night of the London Branch of the Australian Natives’ Association. ……………………………….. The office-bearers elected for the coming year were: – …………; committee, Miss Campion, .. https://trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/article/243482744 The Daily Telegraph (Syd, NSW), Mon 1 Sept 1919 (p.3): FOR WOMEN Miss Maude Telfer, …………………… The young soprano has booked her passage to Sydney for October, when she will leave England in company with Mrs Hall and her daughters, and Miss Campion, all of whom have been active workers at the Anzac Buffet and elsewhere during the war. https://trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/article/239639468 The Capricornian (Rockhampton, Qld), Sat 4 Oct 1919 (p.43): CENTRAL QUEENSLANDERS ABROAD LETTERS FROM MRS H.G. WHEELER Mrs H.G. Wheeler, in a private letter to Miss M.S. Trotman dated London, July 22, says: – …………………………………………………….. Miss Campion and Mollie Hall are going to the King’s Garden party for women workers to-morrow. Fifteen tickets were sent to the Anzac Buffet, and they were given to the longest service workers. The Daily Telegraph (Syd, NSW), Fri 13 May 1927 (p.5): Leaving by Ulysses Following is a list of the passengers booked per the White Funnel liner Ulysses, which sails from No.8 wharf, Walsh Bay, at noon to-day, for Liverpool and Glasgow, via ports: – …………………………………… Miss M. Baines Hall; ……………………………….., Miss B.M. Campion, ………………………. Townsville Daily Bulletin (Qld), Thur 27 Dec 1928 (p.5): LONDON LETTER LONDON, November 15 Among those who have inscribed their names in the Visitors’ Book at the Queensland Government Office during the last fortnight were: …………………………, Miss B.M. Campion and Miss Baines-Hall, both of Rockhampton, ………………………. Evening News (Syd, NSW), Mon 6 May 1929 (p.10): From World Tour At the Wentworth the Misses C. Summerbelle and C Montague entertained a large party in honor of Miss B. Campion and Baines Hall on their return from a world tour. ………………………. https://trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/article/118776896 Sunday Times (Syd, NSW), Sun 8 Sept 1929 (p.18): The Misses B. Campion and Baines Hall divide their time between Glenbrook and the city. When in town they make the Wentworth their headquarters. Sunday Times (Syd, NSW), Sun 29 Dec 1929 (p.16): Wentworth Hotel Staying at the above hotel are the following: ……………………., Miss B.M. Campion (Glenbrook), Miss M. Baines Hall (Glenbrook), …………….. The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW), Mon 28 Jul 1947 (p.16): DEATHS CAMPION, Bessie Maud – July 27, 1947, at a private hospital, Gosford, of Point Clare, beloved aunt of the Hall, Bennett, and Bromley families.