Graham and Margaret Campbell purchase their first racehorse, a filly by Chantelsey out of Serenity, she is named Serene Image. Serene Image wins two races including one at Sandown Park. Graham and Margaret breed Serene Image to Orgoglio and she produces the Stakes winning filly Boca Rio, who produces the Stakes winning Ridan filly Lady Gramar, who produces the Stakes winning Plush filly Goodwood Lady.
Graham and Margaret purchase their first farm at East Doncaster on the outskirts of Melbourne. Named Gramar Lodge, the property housed the Campbell’s small but successful band of broodmares before the operation was later moved to Wonga Park, east of Melbourne.
A professional golfer by trade, a knee injury means Graham Campbell cannot fulfil his potential in the sport. His love of thoroughbreds sees him employed firstly by Wright Stephenson & Co and then as General Manager Of Dalgety Bloodstock International, Victoria's Thoroughbred Auction House. After viewing sales paddocks and auction rings of the major auctioneers around the world, Graham Campbell, with great foresight and a marvellous vision, oversees Dalgety Bloodtock's purchase and development of land in the early 80's which becomes the wonderful sales complex Oaklands Junction.
Son Philip Campbell commences the Stud Management Course at the English National Stud in Newmarket, Suffolk, England. Assisting renowned Stallion Manager George Roth with the likes of Mill Reef, Grundy, Blakeney and Star Appeal and assisting with the foaling of the Aga Khan's Arc De Triomphe winner Akiyida were highlights for the younger Campbell. Philip then travels to Nydrie Stud in Virginia, USA where he assists with the preparation of their consignment to the 1979 Saratoga Yearling Sale in Upstate New York. He returns to Nydrie and the Saratoga Yearling Sales in 1980 and 1981. Later in 1979 Philip returns to Newmarket where he works in the offices of the Curragh Bloodstock Agency before heading to Moone, Ireland to assist in the stables of now legendary trainer Jessica Harrington.
Philip returns from overseas and prepares Gramar Lodge's draft of six colts for the Victorian Yearling Sale. The colts create a state record average of $45,916 and amongst them is the Planet Kingdom – Fairway Fun colt who, when knocked down to legendary trainer Tommy Smith for $110,000, becomes the first yearling to sell for over $100,000 in Victoria. With a rapidly growing business the Gramar Lodge property at Wonga Park, quickly became too small so Graham and Margaret purchase 140 acres at Euroa, to become Blue Gum Farm, 150 kilometres north east of Melbourne. Philip moves there to run the operation full time.
The very first yearling sale at Oaklands Junction sees Blue Gum Farm's first draft include the Showdown – Salote filly who, at $130,000, becomes the highest priced filly to sell in Australia that year. Named Ziegfield Lass, she becomes the grandam of the mighty Saintly. It is at this sale that a great friendship with international breeder Bill duPont is formed. Blue Gum Farm goes on to sell at every Premier yearling sale since.
Blue Gum Farm stands its first stallion at stud, the duPont owned Champion European Miler Noalcoholic (Fr). In preparation for this new direction, Philip Campbell spends this and the next two Northern Hemisphere breeding seasons at duPont's very busy Kentucky based stallion station, Pillar Stud. Other stallions follow, including the Group 1 winning duPont bred and Blue Gum Farm sold yearling Rancho Ruler, who at the end of a great racetrack career duPont buys back a 50% interest, securing him for stud duties. Also Umatilla (NZ) who duPont purchases as a yearling and races to Group 1 glory before retiring him to stud. Both Rancho Ruler and Umatilla sire multiple Group 1 winners from there Blue Gum Farm base.
Blue Gum Farm sells 1986 Group 1 Victoria Derby winner Raveneaux at Oaklands Junction.
Blue Gum Farm sells Group 1 winner and millionaire Rancho Ruler at Oaklands Junction.
Noalcoholic becomes Australia's Champion First Season Sire of 1987-88.
Blue Gum Farm sells Group 1 winner Rechabite, son of resident stallion Noalcoholic, at Oaklands Junction. Philip Campbell marries American Patti Platten, a Business graduate of Michigan State University, on Mackinaw Island, Michigan, USA.
Blue Gum Farm sells 1993 Group 1 VRC Sires Produce Stakes winner Pride Of Rancho at Oaklands Junction.
Australian Racehorse Of The Year and WS Cox Plate winner Rubiton transfers to Blue Gum Farm when great friend Des Pope purchases a controlling interest. Rubiton sires numerous Group 1 winners from Blue Gum Farm, including dual Cox Plate winner Fields Of Omagh. Rubiton and Heroic (Ajax) remain the only two Cox Plate winners to sire a Cox Plate winner.
Blue Gum Farm sells three individual Group 1 winners, all by resident stallion Umatilla. Adelaide Cup winner Bohemiath and Karrakatta Plate winner Umah at Oaklands Junction, and multiple Toorak Handicap winner and millionaire Umrum at the Morphetville sales complex.
Fairy King's Group 1 winning son Encosta De Lago retires to Blue Gum Farm and sires 14 of his 26 Group 1 winners from there. In the 2002 breeding season, Encosta De Lago becomes the first Southern Hemisphere based stallion to cover 200 mares in a season, from his Blue Gum Farm base.
Blue Gum Farm sells three time Group 1 winner and Champion NZ race mare Lashed at Oaklands Junction.
Blue Gum Farm sells four time Group 1 winner and $3,500,000 earner Alinghi at Oaklands Junction. Philip and Patti Campbell purchase the 800 acre property Blue Gum Farm, from parents Graham and Margaret.
With the loss of Champion Stallion Danehill, Coolmore Stud purchase the other 50% of Encosta De Lago and transfer him to their Hunter Valley base. He is Champion Australian Sire in 2007-08 and 2008-09 and second leading Australian Sire in 2003-04, 2005-06 and 2006-07 largely off the back of his Blue Gum Farm conceptions. Encosta De Lago's progeny earnings stand at over $180,000,000.
Blue Gum Farm syndicates a 50% interest in Danehill’s three time Group 1 winning son Elvstroem, valuing the stallion at $15,000,000. Elvstroem wins another two Group 1 races for the new ownership including the 2005 CF Orr Stakes and the Dubai Duty Free Stakes at Nad El Sheeba, where he becomes the first Australian bred and owned horse to win at the world’s richest race meeting. Retiring to Blue Gum Farm for the 2005 season at a fee of $38,500, Elvstroem sires many Stakes winners including the Philip Stokes trained Group 1 winner Hucklebuck, and his progeny have amassed over $24,000,000 in stakes.
Blue Gum Farm founder Graham Campbell passes away.
Blue Gum Farm syndicates the multiple Group 1 winning sprinter Turffontein who retires to stud duties. Turffontein quickly sires two very gifted fillies, millionaire Fontein Ruby and multiple Group winning 2YO Fontiton, both part of Blue Gum Farm yearling drafts at Oaklands Junction in 2013 and 2014 respectively.
Blue Gum Farm creates a state record gross at the Melbourne Premier Yearling Sale when selling 27 yearlings for $4,710,000 (1.7 million higher than any previous gross at Premier) at an average of $174,444. Amongst the already many winners from this draft are the Stakes winning colts Jukebox and Ducimus. The Blue Gum Farm team wins the Inglis Best Presented Draft award at this sale- a very deserving honour.
Encosta De Lago's Group 1 winning 2YO and very successful sire son Manhattan Rain relocates to Blue Gum Farm. Shortly afterwards his brilliant 2YO filly, She Will Reign, wins the world's richest two year old race, the 2017 Group 1 Golden Slipper Stakes.