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Charles Cameron
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Lieut-Col. Charles Cameron arrived in Australia in May 1822 in command of a detachment of the 3rd Regiment, Guard on the convict ship Phoenix.(1)

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.

Two years 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.

Charles 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 May 1827.

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 excellent man.

The title deeds to this land eventually passed to Ewen Wallace Cameron son of Charles Cameron (2)    


1) Hobart 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
(2) History of the 3rd Regiment (Buffs)......



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