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Lucy Campbell

Lucy Campbell's signature

 

Lucy Campbell (1874-1880)

In 1874 Lucy Singer married Peter Campbell, her sister’s brother-in-law. Peter and his brother Robert held allotments of land close to Lucy’s allotments.

Lucy and Peter had a son, Henry, who was born in 1875. He survived only three days. They also had a daughter, Rose Jane, born in 1876.

VPRS 625/P0 Land Selection Files, sections 19 and 20, unit 78, item 4127/19.20

VPRS 625/P0 Land Selection Files, sections 19 and 20, unit 78, item 4127/19.20

Lucy experienced great difficulties securing the allotments of land which were in John Singer’s name. She applied for a lease of the Yarrowee allotment from the Department of Crown Lands and Survey. However, as Lucy neither lived on nor cultivated the allotment, she failed the requirements of the Land Act 1869.

Lucy wrote in desperation to the Minister of Lands:
‘Sir, will you please reconsider your decision about the cultivation condition … I beg of you to remember that I am only a woman and am not able to clear and fence off the land myself nor am I able to employ any other’.

Six months later, the department explained that she also needed to produce letters of administration over her husband’s estate. Lucy finally obtained these in 1876, but the leases for the Yarrowee and Lynchfield allotments were delayed until 1878. Lucy Campbell finally obtained the grant of the Yarrowee land in 1880.

 

 

Lucy Singer married Peter Campbell at the Presbyterian Church in Buninyong, on 28 July 1874. Marriage certificate. Reproduced with kind permission from the Registry of Births, Deaths and Marriages Victoria.

Lucy Singer married Peter Campbell at the Presbyterian Church in Buninyong, on 28 July 1874. Marriage certificate. Reproduced with kind permission from the Registry of Births, Deaths and Marriages Victoria.

 

Lucy's application for lease of the Yarrowee allotment stipulated that at least one acre out of every ten had to be cultivated during the term of the licence. PROV, VPRS 625/P0 Land Selection Files, unit 78, item 4127/19.20

Lucy's application for lease of the Yarrowee allotment stipulated that at least one acre out of every ten had to be cultivated during the term of the licence. PROV, VPRS 625/P0 Land Selection Files, unit 78, item 4127/19.20

These notes acknowledge Lucy's change of name following her second marriage and receipt of letters of administration, and document the decision to grant her the lease of John Singer's allotments. PROV, VPRS 625/P0, Land Selection Files, unit 78, item 4127/19.20

These notes acknowledge Lucy's change of name following her second marriage and receipt of letters of administration, and document the decision to grant her the lease of John Singer's allotments. PROV, VPRS 625/P0, Land Selection Files, unit 78, item 4127/19.20

Lucy's application to purchase the Lynchfield allotment. Click to see enlarged view. Forms like this one were used to record the process of granting permission to purchase or 'alienate' Crown land. PROV, VPRS 627/P0 Land Selection Files, unit 174, item 15159/31

Lucy's application to purchase the Lynchfield allotment. Click to see enlarged view. Forms like this one were used to record the process of granting permission to purchase or 'alienate' Crown land. PROV, VPRS 627/P0 Land Selection Files, unit 174, item 15159/31

Lucy's application to purchase her deceased husband's land in the Parish of Lynchfield. PROV, VPRS 627/P0 Land Selection Files, unit 174, item 15159/31

Lucy's application to purchase her deceased husband's land in the Parish of Lynchfield. PROV, VPRS 627/P0 Land Selection Files, unit 174, item 15159/31

Lucy's letter to the Minister of Lands, pleading that the improvement conditions for the allotments be waived. PROV, VPRS 625/P0 Land Selection Files sections 19 and 20, unit 78, item 4127/19.20

Lucy's letter to the Minister of Lands, pleading that the improvement conditions for the allotments be waived. PROV, VPRS 625/P0 Land Selection Files sections 19 and 20, unit 78, item 4127/19.20

The Office of Lands and Survey (Deeds Division) in Melbourne requested that Lucy submit the letters of administration for her late husband's estate before a crown grant or lease could be issued. PROV, VPRS 627/P0 Land Selection Files, unit 174, item 15159/31

The Office of Lands and Survey (Deeds Division) in Melbourne requested that Lucy submit the letters of administration for her late husband's estate before a crown grant or lease could be issued. PROV, VPRS 627/P0 Land Selection Files, unit 174, item 15159/31

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