Name: Phillip Norman Campbell
Hometown: Adelaide, South Australia, Australia
Profession: I am a Mechanical Engineer working in the railroad industry.
What websites you would like us to promote for you? I am proud of my son Shaun, who runs an Apple review website at www.tapscape.com. It is worth a look.
Favorite hobbies or pastimes? Restoring furniture, working on cars, wine tasting and travel.
When did you first hear about the town of Phil Campbell, Alabama? Via New York Phil Campbell on Facebook in 2010.
Were you able to attend the Phil Campbell Hoedown of June 2011? Yes
What did you think of the experience? It was a wonderful experience to visit a community in the USA, particularly one that was picking itself up after a disaster. Meeting the other Phil Campbells was fascinating, and I was amazed at the effort that went into organizing the hoedown. Donating some Australian books to the local library gave me considerable pleasure.
You are a Phil Campbell. What do you think of that name? Great. Given my age, I suspect my mother and father were influenced by the name of the Queen of England’s consort, Prince Philip. I have traced my Campbell ancestors back to when they arrived as immigrants from Scotland to Australia in 1854, aboard the sailing ship Storm Cloud.
Tell us a little about yourself. I was born and grew up in Melbourne Australia, attending university to gain my engineering qualification. Whilst still studying, I joined the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) and served for 20 years as an Aeronautical Engineer, during which time I had postings in Melbourne, Perth, London, Canberra, Brisbane, Melbourne, Sacramento and Adelaide. I met my wife Diane in Melbourne, and she has accompanied me to all the various postings. Our first time overseas was when I was posted to the United Kingdom for two years to undertake a Master of Science degree in aircraft structures, which also gave us the opportunity to see quite a bit of Europe and the UK. We subsequently had two children, Shaun and Ainsley, and we went as a family to live in Sacramento California for three years. Having the opportunity to explore the USA and Canada was really valued by us. Since leaving the RAAF, we have lived in Adelaide where I have worked in the aerospace and rail industries. I undertake a range of volunteer activities supporting engineering professional associations, and recently was a member of the organizing committee for a technical conference. We are enjoying our current way of life, and hope to visit some of the Phil Campbells we met before too long.