Camfield was born at Islington, London, England, on 30 March 1852 and died in Sydney, N.S.W., on 26 November 1916.
He arrived in Sydney on 1 January 1882, which was a Saturday, and on the following Monday started as a gardener in the Royal Botanic Gardens under Charles Moore. He worked under Moore for 14 years and under J. H. Maiden for 20 years, holding the position of overseer of the Inner Domain; he lived in a residence within the gardens. He was highly praised by Maiden, who described him as ‘loyal .... quiet a competent botanist and generally well informed on a wide range of subjects’.
He is honoured with the name Eucalyptus camfieldii Maiden (1920)
Hall, N. (1978) Botanists of the eucalypts. Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation, Melbourne.