Jane Campbell

The arrival of Jane Campbell to Australia is unknown, this image shows shipping at Sydney Cove between 1857-1863

Shipping at Sydney Cove 1857-1863

Clingan Family Ancestor 2nd Great-grandmother 1854–1929

Jane Campbell was born in 1854, her father, James, was a farmer aged 23, and her mother, Sarah, was 24. She married David Ronald Biggs and they had 12 children together. Following the death of her first husband David in 1893, she married John Beckett in 1907 in Cobar, New South Wales. Jane died aged 75 in November 1929 at Marrickville, and was buried in New South Wales.

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Jane Campbell was born in 1854 in Paisley, Renfrewshire, to Sarah Emery, age 24, and James Campbell, age 23. Doubts exist about the location of Jane’s birth, other available records suggest that she was born in Victoria or New South Wales in about 1854.

Half fan chart showing the ancestors of Jane Campbell 1854-1929
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Jane Campbell married David Ronald Biggs on 11th October 1869, at Young, New South Wales, when she was 15 years old. The marriage was conducted in the Young District Registrars Office by J.R. Edwards, in accordance with an Act of Council.

Fan chart showing the children of David Ronald Biggs & Jane Campbell

The children of Jane Campbell & David Ronald Biggs


Following their marriage, Jane and David moved to Wagga Wagga, New South Wales, where their first five children were born. Living near the Murrumbidgee River meant that Jane and David had an awareness of floods and that they probably encountered the 27th April 1870 flood during their first year in Wagga Wagga.

David Ronald Biggs and Jane Campbell had an awareness of floods and that they probably encountered the 27 April 1870 flood during their first year in Wagga Wagga.

David and Jane probably encountered the 27 April 1870 flood during their first year in Wagga Wagga.

In 1878 Jane, David and their four children William, Isabella, Elizabeth and Amelia moved from Wagga Wagga. The births of Adelaide (Gundagai 1879); David Ronald (Wodonga 1881); and, Robert (Bourke 1883) was followed by a move to Nyngan, New South Wales where they settled down and Alice, Ethel, Ernest and Florence were born.

Twelve children were born to Jane and David Biggs during a period of twenty three years from 1870 to 1893. Our direct ancestor, Amelia Biggs, was born in Wagga Wagga, New South Wales on 8th November 1876 and passed away on 13th  March 1929, in Marrickville, New South Wales – Amelia Biggs 1876–1929

Following the death of her husband, David in December 1893, Jane Campbell gave birth to a baby girl, Mary Ann Biggs in February 1895. The birth was registered in Nyngan (6125/1895). At the age of 13 months on 27th March 1896 Mary Ann Biggs passed away at Cobar, she was buried in the Cobar Shire Cemetery.


Jane was fully occupied with raising and caring for her children while David was a carpenter and builder, he followed this career during his entire life.

Death of Husband

Her husband David Ronald passed away on 6th December 1893 in Nyngan, New South Wales, at the age of 50. They had been married 24 years.

Jane Campbell continued to live in Nyngan until 1899 when she moved to Cobar, New South Wales.

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Jane Campbell married John Beckett in Cobar, New South Wales, in 1907 when she was 53 years old. Following their marriage they continued to live in Cobar.

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Her daughter Isabella Jane passed away on 5th September 1924 in Tallangatta, Victoria, at the age of 51. Isabella Jane Biggs 1872–1924

Her daughter Amelia passed away on 13th March 1929 in Marrickville, New South Wales, at the age of 52. Amelia Biggs 1876–1929

Jane Campbell died from Diabetes Mellitus on 24th November 1929 in Marrickville, New South Wales, when she was 75 years old.

Jane. now known as Jane Beckett, was buried at the Church of England Cemetery, Rookwood, New South Wales, Australia on    25th November 1929.

2 comments on “Jane Campbell
  1. Crystal Webster says:

    I am the great granddaughter of Adelaide Dawson/Biggs. The Great Great Granddaughter of Jane. I am searching for information on Adelaide. I have only found marriage cert for Adelaide which states she was born in Gundagai but I have also found she may have been born in Nyngan or Bourke due to timeline of events. I am out of leads. Any direction or information or whisperings you may have heard would be greatly appreciated. Its a long shot but i need to find more about her.
    Thank you in advance.

  2. Ron says:

    Thank you for your enquiry. Adelaide Dawson nee Biggs was my 2nd great aunt. The marriage certificate showing that Adelaide was born in Gundagai may be correct. I can confirm that Adelaide’s parents, David & Jane, moved from Wagga Wagga sometime after 1878 and were in Gundagai on 1 February 1881. Between May-November 1882 they moved to Hay, New South Wales. I will send a separate email to you soon, it will include attachments for your information. In conclusion my apologies for the delay in answering your enquiry, your request was lost within the web page.