Dictionary of Irish Latin American Biography

Campion, Robert (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 Central Bank.

Gonzalo Cané


- Coghlan, Eduardo A., Los Irlandeses en la Argentina: Su Actuación y Descendencia (Buenos Aires, 1987).

- Newton, Jorge, Diccionario Biográfico del Campo Argentino (Buenos Aires, 1972).

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