(1837-1915), pork farmer, was born in Rathdowney, Co. Laois (Queen's
county), the son of Michael Campion and Elizabeth Sherman.
In 1858, Campion
emigrated to Australia, where he remained during 7 years
working as a gold miner. Then he moved to New Zealand
to work in the farms, and he met his wife Catherine MacMullen from Ballycastle, Co. Antrim.
They married in 1875. The Campions went to California, and on 1 January 1886 they
arrived in Argentina, where they established a pork farm in Pigüé,
the new colony founded by Eduardo Casey
in southern Buenos Aires.
Robert Campion's son Robert [jun.] (1880-1950) was
the first importer of Poland-China pork stallions,
that he purchased in 1890 in the United States. Robert
Campion [jun.] died 15 June 1950
in Lavalle. Other son, Juan Cristóbal Campion
(1886-1957), was estanciero,
vice-president of the Argentine Rural Society in 1946-1948,
and founding member of the Argentine Association of Pork Breeders,
which he chaired in 1957. Owner of El Trío pork
farm and Vice-President of the Argentine Corporation of
Meat Producers. Additionally, he founded Laboratorios
Fuerte Sancti Spiritu and was a Director of the Argentine
Coghlan, Eduardo A., Los Irlandeses en la
Argentina: Su Actuación y Descendencia
(Buenos Aires, 1987).
Newton, Jorge, Diccionario Biográfico del Campo Argentino (Buenos