William Webb Campbell[1]

Male 1861 - 1928  (67 years)


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  • Name William Webb Campbell 
    Born 1861  Sydney, New South Wales, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Died 23 Jan 1928  Darlinghurst, New South Wales, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Notes 
    • W W Campbell & Co was a furniture manufacturer, wholesaler and retailer established by William Webb Campbell (1861-1928) in 1886. Campbell learned the trade from his father, William Branch Campbell (1826-1906) who operated the company, W B Campbell, between about 1875 and 1883 from the 'Royal Furnishing Arcade' at 426 George Street. W B Campbell was a furnishing retailer and manufacturer of furniture and bedding. Upon William Branch?s retirement, the company passed to his sons, William Webb, Alfred Branch, Chas J. and Henry, and became known as Campbell Bros.

      Campbell Brothers continued in business until around 1890, though W W Campbell & Co established its own shop front first in Castlereagh Street, then George Street and finally from around 1897 at 249 Clarence Street. W W Campbell & Co also seems to have taken over W B Campbell?s factory at Cowper Wharf Woolloomooloo where 60 to 70 workers were employed. By 1902 the furniture factory was located at Miller Street Pyrmont and an advertisement in the Sydney Sands directory stated that W W Campbell & Co were 'manufacturers of furniture, bedding, wire mattresses, and every description of bamboo rush and wicker furniture' and 'importers of British, American, Eastern furniture, bamboo blinds, chairs, lounges &c.' A catalogue from around 1900 (TCQ 749.20491 CAM) illustrates the company?s strong emphasis on cane furniture, with different types referred to either as bamboo, rush, wicker, rattan or pith.
      By the mid-1920s when W W Campbell & Co issued a Furnishing the home catalogue (TCQ 749.20492 CAM) aimed especially at country residents, the company was selling a wider range of home furnishings including: carpets, linoleum and other floor coverings; mattresses, sheets, blankets and quilts; lamp shades, standard and table lamps; blinds, curtains, curtain rods and fixtures. A later catalogue from around 1939 entitled, Enjoy the comforts of a well furnished home (TCQ 749.20493 CAM), features all of the above furnishings while maintaining the company?s original strengths in cane and other furniture.

      Another important aspect to Campbell's business was its wholesale trade. Until at least the late 1930s, W W Campbell & Co advertised themselves as 'Wholesale and retail furniture warehousemen'. Their catalogue from around 1925 stated that their sizeable wholesale trade enables them to buy on a large scale and sell at reasonable prices. In addition, the company claimed that their costs were kept to a minimum as they had "no expensive window-shows and heavy shop-rent" like other similar stores in Sydney. In fact, from around 1897 to the 1970s, W W Campbell & Co was located at 249 Clarence Street, behind the main furnishing precinct on George and later Pitt Streets. Even in the late 1930s after a major extension including an additional frontage on Kent Street, the building was still referred to as a warehouse.

      W W Campbell & Co was taken over by Tallerman and Company Pty Ltd in 1967 but continued trading under the Campbell name until the early 1970s.
    Person ID I6529  Tucker Family Tree | Campbell Family Tree
    Last Modified 18 Aug 2016 

    Father William Branch Campbell,   b. 5 Jul 1826, Shadwell ,Middlesex, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 18 Aug 1906, Nara, Gosford, New South Wales, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 80 years) 
    Mother Elizabeth Ann Jackson,   b. 01 Mar 1829, London, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 06 Oct 1899, 79 Winbourne Street, Ermington, New South Wales, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 70 years) 
    Married 13 Mar 1852  St Lawrence Church of England Sydney, New South Wales, Australia and Roman Catholic Church Maitland, New South Wales Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    • New South Wales Birth deaths and marriages shows Registration number V1852258 38C/1852 Campbell William B and Jackson Elizabeth A -Early church record code ME - Church of England St Lawrence, Sydney, New South Wales and
      Registration number V1852258 98/1852 Campbell William B Jackson Elizabeth A -Early church record code LK - Roman Catholic East Maitland, Maitland, West Maitland. I can only assume that they were married twice in different denomination churches to appease their parents different religious affiliations.
    Marriage Registration, Christ Church St Laurence, Sydney, New South Wales
    Marriage Registration, Christ Church St Laurence, Sydney, New South Wales
    The Marriage Details of William Branch Campbell and Elizabeth Ann Jackson
    Christ Church St Laurence, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
    Christ Church St Laurence, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
    This drawing is of Christ Church St Laurence Sydney NSW and was taken in 1850 before the construction of the spire in 1885.
    Christ Church, St Laurence, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia - 1880
    Christ Church, St Laurence, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia - 1880
    This photo of Christ Church, St Laurence, was taken in 1880
    Family ID F2019  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Jeanette B Cranna 
    Married 1890  Central Cumberland, New South Wales, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    Children 
     1. Leslie Cranna Campbell,   b. 1891, Petersham, New South WAles, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location
    +2. Stuart Cranna Campbell,   b. 1894, Petersham, New South Wales, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location
     3. Robert Bruce Cranner Campbell,   b. 1896, Petersham, New South WAles, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 24 Apr 1897, "Cherrie Hinton", Holden St, Ashfield, New South Wales, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 1 years)
     4. Kathleen C Campbell,   b. 1902, Burwood, New South Wales, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location
     5. Alison Cranna Campbell,   b. 17 Jul 1904, Burwood, New South Wales, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 5 Aug 2003  (Age 99 years)
    Last Modified 6 Oct 2010 
    Family ID F3122  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 1861 - Sydney, New South Wales, Australia Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 1890 - Central Cumberland, New South Wales, Australia Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 23 Jan 1928 - Darlinghurst, New South Wales, Australia Link to Google Earth
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  • Photos
    Illustration of Furniture sold at W W Campbell & Co
    Illustration of Furniture sold at W W Campbell & Co
    catalogue from around 1939 entitled, Enjoy the comforts of a well furnished home (TCQ 749.20493 CAM),
    A Page from W W Campbell & Co Catalogue
    A Page from W W Campbell & Co Catalogue
    A catalogue from around 1900 (TCQ 749.20491 CAM) illustrates the company’s strong emphasis on cane furniture, with different types referred to either as bamboo, rush, wicker, rattan or pith.
    Immage of W W Campbell & Co Building located at the corner of Clarence and Market Streets Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
    Immage of W W Campbell & Co Building located at the corner of Clarence and Market Streets Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

  • Sources 
    1. [S37] Historic Houses Trust, http://www.hht.net.au/discover/highlights/online_exhibitions/sydneys_home_furnishing_stores,_1890-1960/w_w_campbell (Reliability: 3), 1890 - 1960.
      http://www.hht.net.au/discover/highlights/online_exhibitions/sydneys_home_furnishing_stores,_1890-1960/w_w_campbell

    2. [S94] The Sydney Morning Herald, 10 (Reliability: 3), 24 Jan 1928.
      See attached death notice published in the Sydney Morning Herald Newspaper, Tuesday 24th January 1928, page 10.

    3. [S56] Church Register, Christ Church, St Laurence, Sydney, NSW, Australia, 107 (Reliability: 3), 13 Mar 1852.
      William Branche Campbell of the Parish of Canterbury, Bachelar and Elizabeth Ann Jackson of this parish, Spinster were married in this Church by Licence this thirteenth day of March in the year 1852 by me ????? H Stephenson.
      The marriage was Between us W. B Campbell, Elizabeth Ann Jackson in the Presence of W Dettmar of Bligh St Sydney and Ann Gregory of Redfern.

    4. [S4] NSW BDM, New South Wales Government (Reliability: 3), 1890.
      Surname Campbell, Given Name William W, Sex Male, Event Marriage, Index Year 1890, Spouse Surname, Cranna, Spouse Given Names Jeanette B, Place of Registration Central Cumberland, Registration year 1890, Registration Number 3047


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