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Biographical Dictionary - Coorow, Carnamah, Three Springs


Mrs Jinnie / Jennie / Jenny CAMPBELL

Born C.1847 in Arrino, Western Australia [40]
Daughter of an Aboriginal woman named Noogy [40]
Member of a group of Aboriginal people referred to by local farming families as the Forked Thumb Tribe [219: pages 13, 24]
     At infancy the thumb of one hand was split from the nail as far as the first joint, which healed as two smaller thumbs [219: page 13]
     The group lived at a freshwater swamp known as Cooke Swamp in Dudawa, East Arrino for most of the year [219: pages 13, 16]
     During the hotter months of the year the group moved to near Cliff Head on the coast [219: page 16]
She had two daughters, Sarah and Minnie, with her partner "Charlie" Charles CAMPBELL [38] [40]
Resided with Charles on Woopenatty Station in Arrino 1904-1909 [19] [50]
Married her partner Charles CAMPBELL in Arrino on 28 May 1907 [31: 10-Apr-1907] [66]
Her husband lived in a bush hut while she lived in a bush wurley (or mia mia) on a hill behind her husband's jut [219: page 24]
Each year she and her two daughters would accompany her tribe to the coast, and while there one year she passed away [219: page 26]
Died 6 January 1917 at Green Head and was buried near the coast at Green Head [29]
She was buried by Alfred TAYLOR and her burial was witnessed by Robert BELL and her son-in-law Charles BROCKMAN [40]
The informant for the information on her death certificate was her grandson Charlie FEEHAN of Arrino [40]
Her remains were later removed from the coast and re-interred with those of her husband at the Three Springs General Cemetery [24]
Their headstone includes the line 'With Christ Which is Far Better' and refers to her as Fannie, the 'beloved wife' of Charles [95]

From The Geraldton Express newspaper, Wednesday 10 April 1907:
Local and General
"A correspondent writes : A very pretty wedding was solemnised at the residence of Mr. Edward Dodd, at Arrino, on the 28th ult., the Rev. Mr Armstrong officiating. The contracting parties were Mr. Charles Campbell, farmer, of Muggawa, and "Jinnie," his late housekeeper. Invitations were sent to all the residents of Arrino, who, to show their appreciation of such courtesy, attended en masse. Games and dancing were indulged in until the early hours of the following morning, when, after wishing the bride and bridegroom long life, happiness and prosperity, the pleasant gathering terminated."

Reference:  Carnamah Historical Society & Museum and North Midlands Project, 'Jinnie / Jennie / Jenny Campbell' in Biographical Dictionary of Coorow, Carnamah and Three Springs, retrieved 9 August 2022 from [reference list]

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