|Lieut-Col. Charles Cameron arrived
in Australia in May 1822 in command of a detachment of the
3rd Regiment, Guard on the convict ship
After discharging 182 male convicts in Hobart, he
travelled on to Sydney as a passenger on the Phoenix.
He was appointed Commandant at Port Dalrymple, Van
Diemen's Land on 14 Dec 1822, and sailed on the
Caledonia late January arriving there with a detachment
of the Buffs. He was relieved of his position of Commandant
in April 1825, returned to Sydney and applied for two
thousand acres at Merton in the Hunter Valley where he
intended to settle after he retired.
later, when the vessel Woodford departed Sydney
under Captain Chapman, Lieut-Col Cameron and a detachment of
the 3rd Regiment embarked on her for Hobart bound for
Madras. In Hobart they loaded fresh stores including 7 tons
of potatoes before departing for Madras.
Cameron left his wife and children in Sydney and he was
never to see them again. Along with many others in the
Regiment, Charles Cameron succumbed to Cholera. He died in
Notice from the Sydney Gazette: -
It is with deep regret we have to announce
that Colonel CAMERON, of the 3rd Regiment, or Buffs, died at
Chinsurah, three or four days after his arrival there.
Thirty private soldiers and many of the women and children,
who proceeded with the Regiment, have also died. The demise
of Colonel CAMERON will be sincerely regretted by many, as
he was a long tried gallant Officer, and a humane and
The title deeds to this land
eventually passed to Ewen Wallace Cameron son of Charles
Town Gazette 25th May 1822
2) Wood, W. Allan, Dawn
in the valley : the story of settlement in the Hunter River
Valley to 1833, Wentworth Books, 1972. p.62
Links & Notes:
(1) Find out more about Lieut-Col
Charles Cameron at
Australian Dictionary of Biography Online
History of the 3rd Regiment (Buffs)......