Celebrating Hazle Marland (Campbell) OAM (Class of 1957)

Celebrating Hazle Marland OAM (Campbell) (Class of 1957)

Hazle Marland receiving OAM in 2003


Hazle Marland OAM (Campbell) (Class of 1957) demonstrates passion and pride for the cattle industry dedicating herself to cattle production, advocacy and representation of rural interests. This passion and dedication eventuated in her being awarded an Order of Australia Medal for service to Primary Industries, local government and the community in 2003. Hazle has been generous with her time back to Somerville House making a speech at Commemoration Day in 2000 and also creating a recent article for the Booklet for the Class of 1957. We are pleased to present here some highlights and insights on Hazle Marland. 


Hazle Marland was born in Bundaberg in 1939, to parents Eric and Jessie Campbell who owned “Wonbah Station”, Mt Perry. Hazle attended Somerville House as a Boarder for eight years starting at 10 years of age. She loved her years at Somerville and having come from a divorced family and gone into the boarding school, it had a major imprint on her life. 



Miss Frances Craig was the principal at the time whom she remembers as a strict but fair disciplinarian who ran the school in an austere and regimented manner. While boarding Hazle learned to be independent, to live in harmony with others and to appreciate the privilege of being given an education at a time when others were not so fortunate. Hazle reflects on the many changes over the years and the amount of freedoms afforded to the current generation. She describes Saturdays relaxing on the school basketball court singing along to Slim Dusty’s 78 rpm records on a wind-up gramophone and that Sunday was visitors’ day recalling sharing a cup of tea with a special Churchie friend who would sit with her behind the flagpole.  


Hazle shared a memorable story of her first dinner in the boarding house at 10 years of age when she spoke with the students of Somerville House in 2000 at Commemoration Day highlighting the strict expectations at the time. “I can still remember sitting at Miss Craig’s dinner table, the youngest present and certainly not permitted to speak. As always it was salad on a Sunday night. To my horror I noticed a grub in her tomato. Aware of the rule of not speaking until spoken to, I watched the imminent demise of the grub. She never knew what she had eaten.”


Despite the strict regimes in the boarding house strong friendships with the “day girls” and careful logistics ensured the boarders could enjoy midnight feasts. While these adrenalin-fuelled breaking of the rules were enjoyed, the consequences on being discovered were severe with the girls losing their only free weekend that term and having to learn “the Beatitudes” off by heart.


Boarders dances were an important highlight of Hazle’s time at Somerville House where boys of BBC and Churchie were invited. If they had been personally invited by a Somerville Girl they were met by their partner while the others would line up and wait to be partnered. While the tradition of school dances continues, the practice of partnering up has changed significantly!


Hazle demonstrated leadership qualities while at Somerville House as Senior Boarder and Captain of Athletics and Basketball.  She experienced success in both academia and sporting pursuits. Hazle was also the recipient of the Lorna Robinson Award voted on by staff and students given to one exceptional student of Year 12 in acknowledgement of leadership and achievement.  She also has some beautiful friends who she remains close to from her time at school. 


Hazle Marland (pictured first row far left)


Hazle Marland (Captain of the Basketball Team) pictured fourth from the left.


In Hazle’s address to the Somerville House community for Commemoration Day 2000 43 years after graduating she highlighted the invaluable role played by the teachers of Somerville House influencing both academic and moral outcomes. “The values that I cherish today were gained from my early experiences at Somerville House”.


Hazle went on to become a School Teacher and married David Ball. She inherited “Retreat” part of “Wonbah Station” following the death of her father in 1970 and purchased “Mt Wallaby” in 1972. Following the passing of her husband, Hazle went on to marry David Marland where they developed both properties and ran both Brahman and Charbray cattle. Hazle had 6 children in total Ann-Louise, Christopher, Timothy and Matthew with her first husband and then, Andrew and Thomas with David Marland. Tragically Christopher was drowned while they were living at Springbrook.  Her husband David Marland worked as a teacher requiring Hazle to play a primary role in managing the properties.  Hazle always held the "self-belief that I could achieve". 


Dedication to rural life lead Hazle to serve for 10 years as a Councillor on the Kolan Shire Council. She was also actively involved in the Gin Gin AP&I Society as Secretary, President and Patron.


Hazle’s desire to provide a viable cattle industry saw her elected to the executive of the former Cattlemens’ Union of Australia as Australian Vice President and her election to the Cattle Council of Australia.  Hazle recalls the first time she went to a Cattlemen's meeting and being motivated to become involved to have a voice, instead of "going through a man".  She recalls that at this time there were a lot of women, like herself, managing their own properties. Hazle also went on to take up a position chairing the Beef Industry Advisory Committee set up by the Minister for Primary Industries. Hazle was remarkably the first woman in Queensland to have been appointed to these positions and while she reports that not all members supported a woman moving into a leadership role at the time, that Bruce Campbell in particular started the ball rolling in supporting Hazle to be nominated for The Cattlemen's Union Queensland Chairman. She credits most members in the Cattleman’s Union as encouraging women to hold executive positions and to play an equal role with men in the decision-making process over the more than 20 years of her involvement. All key fourteen men in the cattle industry "never let me down". While not wanting to be outspoken on the topic of gender equality in the workforce Hazle comments that while “it is absolutely essential that we must provide opportunities for women to access positions of leadership… this must happen through merit and certainly not through legislation. Without motivation and determination, all the politically correct procedures in the world will not make a woman a good leader.”


In 2003 Hazle was honoured to be awarded an Order of Australia Medal for services to Primary Industries, Local Government and the community.


A special memory for Hazle was meeting Prince Charles in her executive role within the rural and cattle industry in 1994. This was particularly momentous with Hazle being the only woman present. She has a very clear memory of this event and a number of topics that she discussed with HRH including polo and trying to get his boys to eat brown bread. She describes the interaction as very relaxed with her playfully hitting him on a couple occassions including when she told him he should have the housekeeper only buy brown bread if that is what he wished William and Harry to eat. They also discussed his love of Anzac Biscuits which he enjoyed while at the meeting. She had been concerned about a split in her frock and how she might manage a curtsy which "In the end it was ok as he was so casual and nice, I didn't need to curtsy at all." She went on to report that "I think meeting him that day was a great thing for women in general, being the only female in a room full of men, it was quite a momentous occassion." (See news story relating to this meeting https://www.news-mail.com.au/news/bundy-woman-tells-the-day-i-met-prince-charles/3348730/).  


Hazle Marland meeting with Prince Charles in 2018 


Recently in 2018 Hazle was invited to meet Prince Charles for the second time on his visit to Brisbane at Government House. Hazle was able to remind him on this occassion of the previous time they had met and had organised a copy of the anzac biscuits recipe for him. He playfully replied why hadn't she brought him any?


In addition to Hazle’s contributions to the cattle industry she was appointed to an Advisory Committee set up by the Minister for Main Roads to provide rural perspectives resulting in the Gaeta Progress Association being formed to represent the district. Hazle recalls many interesting discussions with politicians where as a woman she might not have always been paid the respect deserved, sometimes being ignored, but like all previous encouters Hazle faced these challenges head on ensuring that issues including youth and women were heard. Long after she left this role she continued to have input into all matters pertaining to the Kalpowar Road and access roads in the area.  Hazle is particularly pleased to have witnessed the new bridge over Two Mile Creek who she believes her grandfather who sat on the Council in the 1920’s would never have been able to imagine such a magnificent structure to replace the old bridge.


Life isn’t always easy in rural living exemplified by the devastating impact of the bushfires of 2009 and 2018 as well as a wild storm that ripped the roof off Hazle’s family home in 2015.


In addition to the deaths of a large number of cattle, the Marland family have had to face the cost of hand feeding 250 cows and calves as well as the destruction of hundreds of centuries old trees and an unknown amount of wildlife. Hazle is stoic in her response to hardships she has experienced responding that these times are "always terrible but I get get in the old prado and get out every afternoon and look at the cattle and beautiful view of the mountains. I have never been lonely in the bush". It is easy to feel inspired by Hazle's love of the rural life and how this has inspired her to become involved in so many aspects including not just her many roles in the cattle and agriculture industry but also the many local positions she has held including President of the Bundaberg Kindergarten, President of the Gin Gin Kindergarten, President of the Gin Gin A,P&I Society, Councillor Kolan Shire Council, President of the Gin Gin A,P &I Society and Patron of the Gin Gin A,P & I Society. 


Hazle Marland (Campbell) inspires us with her dedication to the cattle industry and representation and advocacy for rural Australia and is inspiring a new generation of supporters of the cattle industry in her sons.  She tells that all of her children love to come home and help, including in emergencies. She is fortunate that her son Andrew who owns three veterinary clinics now runs all aspects of their cattle as well as plays an instrumental role in furtherment of the cattle industry. With the cattle industry requiring a more scientific way of dealing with both production and marketing, they are fortunate to have Andrew's expertise and commitment to enable them to continue the family business (established in the 1970s). With his partner Michael, they are able to meet the niche market of preparation and finishing the cattle for the EU market on their irrigated farm on the Burnett River.  Tom, a specialist advisory and agribusiness lawyer, living in Bundaberg services the agricultural sector and provides not only assistance at home when required, but also an invaluable service to the family on any legal matters that arise.  The family are very fortunate to have Tom to deal with the many complicated issues faced, now in particular with the way the industry is being regulated. Unfortunately, Matthew living in Sydney, is unable to play a major role on the property but visits with his sons when he can and is always available to help with the decision making. 


Hazle is very proud of the achievements of her children and both her and her husband are very hands on grandparents including her husband David most recently assisting in the role of home education with his grandchildren during restrictions imposed by COVID-19. We are delighted to share some family photos below. She also tells us that her long time friend, cousin, author and fellow Somerville House Old Girl Elizabeth DeLacy (Bellett) pictured below (Class of 1957) is looking to write a book about Hazle. We look forward to the publication what is sure to be a fabulous read! 


Hazle (right) pictured with Elizabeth Bellett (DeLacy)


Hazle with her Sons (Andrew Marland, Matthew Ball, Hazle, David Marland, Tom Marland)


Marland Extended Family 


With Grandsons (Backrow Henry Ball, Marco Zande, Hazle Marland, David Marland, Hamish Ball; Front row Jack Marland, William Marland, Sam Marland, Hudson Ball

Grandsons Henry, Hudson and Hamish Ball

Grandsons Sam, Jack and William Marland

1. Daughter Anne Louise Creighton

2. Gradaughter Jessica and Great Grandson Leland

3. Hazle pictured with her grandaughter Georgia Marland Mendez


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