The man whose name comes irresistibly into one's mind as one looks down on the wharfs stretching
towards the city, had he lived in the spacious days of Queen Elizabeth, would have appeared without doubt in the
records of the worthy Richard Hakluyt. Robert Campbell was a true merchant-venturer. He came, like Caleb, to view a
promised land, and, like Caesar, he could say: "I came, I saw, I conquered."
It was no easy conquest when Robert Campbell arrived in Sydney in 1798 the officers of the
settlement had a monopoly of the trade—a monopoly they fought to retain; and when in 1805 Campbell essayed to open
up an export trade with England he came in conflict with the East India Company's monopoly. He lost some thousands
of pounds in the conflict with the company, but it drew attention to the evils of the monopoly, and within a few
years this incubus was removed. Mr. Campbell purchased when he settled here the house and garden of one John
Baughan. Subsequently he purchased the grants of Captain Waterhouse
adjoining. The garden was continued, and up to the 'fifties one could look down from George street on to a very
pleasant array of flowers and fruit trees.