Deposit P81 - C H Campbell collection

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C H Campbell collection


  • 1944 - 1947 (Creation)

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0.12 m

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(1891 - 1972)

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Born in 1891 at Thebarton, South Australia, Clarence "Clarrie" Campbell was 23 when he joined the Australian Imperial Force, and served in Gallipoli from 1914-1916. He returned to Australia in 1916 and campaigned against the Conscription movement. He became an Industrial Chemist and founded two companies, United Lubricants Pty Ltd and Australian Bitumen Company Ltd. He was active in the Australia-India Association and Australia-Indonesia Association. His involvement with the Indian Seamen's Club in Sydney engaged him in trade union activities as Treasurer and executive officer of the Indian Seamen's Union in Australia. Campbell was a member of the Communist Party of Australia and was NSW Endorsed Labor Candidate in 1940. From 1946-47, he was appointed Indonesian Trade Commissioner in Australia. A supporter of the Indonesian independence movement Campbell founded Asian Airlines with another activist and businessman, Kenneth Frederick Wong in 1947. When Wong died in 1948, Campbell moved permanently to Singapore where he died in 1972.

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Correspondence and press cuttings related to Campbell's positions as an official in the Australia-India Association (1944 - 46), as Indonesian Trade Commissioner in Australia (1946 - 47), and his interests in the Indonesian independence movement. Also includes correspondence and printed material re conditions of Papuan seamen, operation of his companies, and photographs.


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NBAC E177 Indian Seamen's Union in Australia

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Created by Erin Gallant on 19 August 2011; revised on 9 September 2011




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