Campbells Store
Campbells Store
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Campbell's Store is a two story stone and brick building built by James Campbell in 1835. The store was in it's heyday, 'the place to shop' in the Hunter Valley. Now over 175 years later, nothing has changed! Wander through ten speciality stores featuring Australia's most talented artisans and crafts people. Discover exquisite jewellery, antiques, art, food, try on an akubra hat & much more!
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Mairwen1
United Kingdom10,807 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Friends
Historic Campbell’s Store stands on Morpeth’s main thoroughfare, on the corner of Tank St and Swan St.
Today it is one of the town’s big attractions because it houses a collection of 25 antique dealers. However there is a separate Tripadvisor listing for this under 'Morpeth Antique Centre’ so this review is about the house itself, not the antique shops.
The imposing two-storey building is listed as #21 on the Morpeth Heritage Walking Trail.
Built by James Campbell in c1835 and constructed of locally-quarried sandstone and brick, it housed a large and increasingly busy trading store, that operated here for almost 100 years.
During that time Morpeth was enjoying its heyday. Morpeth had the second largest river port in Australia, second only to Sydney, and was a thriving and prosperous centre.
Initially specialising in haberdashery, Campbell’s Store began to attract people from miles around and became something of an emporium, expanding to include food, kitchen utensils, pots and pans, building materials, and clothing.
James Campbell was turning money hand over fist and being an enterprising fellow, he even began minting his own money to be used by patrons. The coins were minted in England and came in both penny and halfpenny denominations.
As the business grew, he built warehouses across the road on the riverbanks. From his upstairs windows, he could look out and survey his businesses. Did he stand there, watching the steamships arrive loaded with the goods that would stock his shelves?
When Morpeth’s river trade started to fall into decline, the building fell into disuse and disrepair. It was refurbished in 1986 and is a very popular tourist attraction now.
Written 11 February 2024
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Laura
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1.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2023 • Friends
Absolutely unacceptable to sell nazi memorabilia. Several displays with swastika items for sale in a context that was not historical. A blatant disregard for cultural sensitivity and so shocking to see. I didn’t buy several items I liked after seeing this. You lost the patronage of myself and everyone that was with me. Get with the times you racially insensitive old codgers
Written 30 May 2023
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WanderEction
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1.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2022 • Solo
To provide a review, you must provide a rating; if I could give zero stars, I would.
It has been covered before by some less than reputable news outlets that Campbells Store displays not only Nazi memorabilia (including photographs, uniforms, and weapons) but according to their ‘warning’ sign they also feature: Golli & Black Americana (racist caricatures), Indigenous Artifacts (their spelling, and likely stolen), Child & Slave Labour Objects, and Colonial & Empire Jewellery (among other highly unethical items).
They proudly laud themselves as ‘purveyors of history’; yes, all of these items are for sale and not in a museum or destroyed as they should be. They stand to profit from the sale of items that represent the most heinous and despicable acts in human history.
If you have any interest in WW2 memorabilia, go to a museum or research online; do not participate in profiting from crimes of war and inhumanity.
This ‘store’ is a clear representation of the dismissive nature of racism and the undercurrent of White Supremacy in Australia.
Written 8 September 2022
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Elicia
Wollongong, Australia212 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
June 2022 • Family
Very disappointing experience! Just a cluttered, chaotic hotch potch of tacky little stores, with a rundown cafe/tearoom out the back. Based on website information we were expecting to step into yesteryear, but unfortunately all we walked into was a disorganised mess.
Written 12 June 2022
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Phillip H
20 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2022
Where do you start? Antiques, antiques, collectables, cafes, and the list goes on. A must visit in Morpeth.w
Written 22 March 2022
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Anita T
Forster, Australia12,772 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
June 2021 • Friends
We had read about the old store but the place was unfortunately closed when we visited.
The building is awesome and we had a good look around. It is lovely that these old stores still exist. We will put it on the list when we visit on a weekend.
Written 9 July 2021
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hanna001_11
Sydney, Australia41 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2020
Allow plenty of time to browse this place There is plenty to see & maybe purchase. Morpeth is a quaint little HISTORIC TOWN & there are plenty of things to see
Written 16 November 2020
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vivieneu
Lake Cathie, Australia168 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2020 • Friends
Wow this place is amazing lots of treasures your heart can desire, just wandering around is like living in the past. Highly recommended
Written 10 October 2020
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Mike P
Sydney, Australia305 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2020 • Couples
A high diversity of goods sold covering all tastes. They also have a quaint cafe that makes scrumptious food. Highly recommended to stop here, spend and help the local community.
Written 16 March 2020
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Sharon C
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
Very interesting Very chatty friendly staff No pressure to purchase but did anyway. Great gifts to send overseas
Written 28 January 2020
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