The Campbells

Rocklands | Huntershill Safaris

The Campbell Family history is interesting.  Dr Peter Campbell, a Scotsman living in Ireland, sailed on the Aurora to Algoa Bay on South Africa’s east coast in 1820, one of the 1820 settlers, to whom a monument in Grahamstown is dedicated.  Peter Campbell was accompanied by his wife, Sarah Sanderson Campbell, formerly Oaklands, from Cumberland in the North of England, and his children’s nanny, Mary Anne Cumming.  They had 4 children. 

Mrs Campbell died in 1825 and the following year, Dr Campbell married the nanny in Grahamstown and together they had a further 8 children.  The date that the Campbells acquired Rocklands is unknown, but they certainly owned the farm during the Kafir Wars, a series of frontier wars between the white settlers and the Xhosa tribe.  The farmhouse was burnt down 3 times during this period, the last time in 1850.  The farm was certainly in the Campbell family’s hands throughout this time.

Peter Campbell was succeeded by his son, Peter Sanderson Campbell, who married Mary Anne Gilbert.

Peter Sanderson Campbell

Mary Anne Gilbert

Peter was a larger than life man and gained fame when he killed a leopard with a and published several books about the wars. Peter was succeeded by his eldest son, Gilbert Douglas Sanderson Campbell, shown as a young man alongside (photo) and he by Gordon Leslie Stanford Campbell.  Finally, Peter Lynn Campbell, who still resides on the farm, became the fifth generation.

Peter Lynn Campbell with a 55½ inch Kudu, shot on the farm

Peter has been the guardian of the family’s history and is documenting the family history from Dr Campbell’s arrival in South Africa.  At the moment this is largely hand drawn and handwritten, but Peter hopes to document everything formally in the near future.  Peter has photographic albums and a family bible going back several generations and even the bibles belonging to the 4 of Peter Sanderson’s 8 daughters.

Some of the memorabilia in Peter Campbell’s safekeeping