1966: Law Revision Commissioner arrives

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25 March 2010

Among arrivals on the "Tofua" on the 14 March were Sir Campbell and Lady Wylie, who will be visiting the Kingdom for a period of six months during which time Sir Campbell is to undertake, on behalf of the Tongan Government, a revision and consolidation of the laws of the Kingdom.

Sir Campbell who was knighted in 1962 by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II at a ceremony at Buckingham Palace was, prior to his taking up his present post in the Kingdom, Chief Justice of Sarawa, North Borneo and Brunei.


Born in Danniverke in New Zealand, Sir Campbell's career has led he and Lady Wylie to many parts of the globe. Sir Campbell received his early education at Danniverke and passed his Matriculation at Auckland Grammar School, following which he studied law at Victoria University in Wellington. He gained his Master of Laws degree with first class honours and entered private practice in Northern Auckland as a Barrister and Solicitor until the outbreak of World War II.


During the war Sir Campbell rose to the rank of Major in the New Zealand forces and saw action in the Pacific, Middle East and Italy. He was mentioned in despatches.

At the conclusion of hostilities Sir Campbell became a Barrister at Law in England, and in 1945 joined the British Colonial Service. As a member of this department, Sir Campbell saw service in Malaya, Barbados and British Guiana as Attorney General and in 1959 he was elevated to the high post of the Justice of Appeal for the West Indies Government. At the time of his investiture in 1963 Sir Campbell was Chief Justice of Sarawa, North Borneo and Brunei.

Lady Wylie, who is also New Zealand borne, married Sir Campbell in Christchurch (her former hometown) in 1933. She was the former Miss Leita Clark.

During their married life together, Lady Wylie has accompanied Sir Campbell to each of his varied posts within the Commonwealth and both she and Sir Campbell express sincere pleasure at being in Tonga where they have been "overwhelmed by the kindness of the people."


Issued by the: Ministry of Information & Communications, Nuku'alofa. Extract from the Tonga Chronicles, 1966, MIC Archive

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