Ornate pear-shaped, silver-plated, three-legged urn. It has a domed lid and a small tap. It stands on its own silver-plated drip tray. "The ladies of Upper & Middle Adelong / present this token of esteem / To Mrs Campbell as an appreciation of her heroic conduct displayed during the attack at GOIMBLA by bushrangers on 19th Nov. 1863." is engraved on the left side of the urn.
Veda Hope collection
The objects in this collection commemorate and bear witness to the bravery displayed by David Henry Campbell and his wife, Emelia, during an attack on their station, Goimbla, near Forbes, NSW, by bushrangers, John Gilbert, Ben Hall and John OMeally. On 19 November 1863, the three bushrangers rode to Goimbla to give warning to Mr Campbell who had made no secret of his negative feelings toward bushrangers, and had previously participated in their pursuit. After being confronted by the men on the verandah, Campbell fired on the gang who then set fire to the barn and stables. Emelia fetched another gun and ammunition to assist her husband who sought cover outside and fired at the gang, killing OMeally. The heroic efforts of the Campbells inspired the people of Forbes to raise £1,000 to compensate them for the loss of their property and livestock, and in recognition of the part played by Emelia in the death of OMeally. The collection was presented to the NHC by Mr and Mrs Campbells granddaughters, Mrs V A Hope and Mrs R G Hanmer.
Mr H.S. Clarke