In the initial passenger list for the Blenheim, this family was noted as coming from Glenmore, with Donald McDonald noting, “Also a Pensioner of Chelsea Hospital and brother to the above Duncan Cameron, may be considered as one Family having always lived together since their retirement from the army.” In the event, Duncan Cameron, his wife and four children, did not sail on the Blenheim.
Dugald and his family were listed as follows:
- Dugald Cameron, Glenmore, 48, a labourer
- Christian Cameron, his wife, 40
- Anne Cameron, his daughter, 16, dairymaid
- Angus Cameron, his son, 9, cowherd
- Mary Cameron, his daughter, 7½
Duncan Cameron stayed in Ardnamurchan, appearing in the 1841 and 1851 census returns for Glenmore (1841) and Glenboradale (1851) as a Chelsea pensioner, born in 1786, with wife Janet and children – Alexander in 1841 and 1851, and Mary and Angus in 1851.
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Dugald Cameron and Christina Cameron
There is an entry in the Old Parish Register for Kilmallie which records the marriage on 14 October 1826 of a Dugald Cameron and a Christian Cameron in Banavie, Corpack.
In addition to the children who travelled on the Blenheim, it appears that Dugald and Christina may have had other children who died before 1840, but the records are confusing, in that there are two Mary Camerons and two Johns. While the older Mary is a better match for the age given in the Blenheim lists, the baptisms could have taken place some time after the births, so it has been assumed that the earlier entries were for children who died before the birth of the later child. Or there could be more than one family involved.
The Old Parish Register for Ardnamurchan and Strontian or Sunart includes the following records:
- The baptism on 27 May 1827 of Anne, adulterous daughter of Dugald Cameron, pensioner, Glenbeg, and of Christina Cameron.
- The baptism on 12 October 1829 of John, son of Dugald Cameron, pensioner, Glenmore, and of Christina Cameron, his wife.
- The record that Dugald Cameron, tenant, Glenmore, and Christina Cameron had a son, Donald, born 5 December 1830 who died before he was baptized.
- The baptism on 22 January 1832 of Mary, daughter of Dugald Cameron, pensioner, Glenmore, and of Christina Cameron.
- The baptism on 1 June 1833 of Angus, son of Dugald Cameron, pensioner, Glenmore, and of Christina Cameron, his wife.
- A baptism on 29 March 1835 of Mary, daughter of Dugald Cameron, pensioner, Glenmor, and of Christina Cameron, his wife.
- The baptism on 8 May 1836 of John, son of Dugald Cameron, pensioner, Glenmore, and of Christina Cameron, his wife.
It appears that this Cameron family did not stay long in Wellington, and probably moved on to New South Wales.
The death of a Dugald Cameron, parents Angus and Ann, was registered in Maitland, NSW, in 1857.
The OPR records show that Anne Cameron was baptized on 27 May 1827, but she was an “adulterous” daughter. Given that both of her parents were named, and it seems likely they were married by that time, it may be that Anne was born before the marriage took place and baptized afterwards. Her parents were named as Dugald Cameron, pensioner, and Christina Cameron, of Glenbeg.
In the Blenheim lists, Anne Cameron was described as 16 and a dairymaid, giving her a birth year of 1823 or 1824.
It is possible that Ann Cameron married Hugh Connor in 1845 in New South Wales.
New South Wales BDM index records list possible children of Ann and Hugh Connor:
- Dugald Cameron Connor, born in 1857, Raymond Terrace, died 1919, Murwillumbah
- Agnes Connor, born in 1862, Grafton
- (Male) Connor, born in 1865, Grafton
The Clarence and Richmond Examiner and New England Advertiser of Tuesday 2 June 1885 carried the Death Notice: “CONNOR. — On Tuesday, 26th May, at her late residence, Rosebank, South Arm, Ann, the beloved wife of Hugh Connor, after a protracted illness. Aged 59 years. Deeply regretted by a large circle of relations and friends.” The BDM index for this death records her parents as Dugald and Christina.
According to OPR records, Angus Cameron was baptized on 1 June 1833. His parents were named as Dugald Cameron, pensioner, and Christina Cameron, of Glenmore.
In the passenger lists for the Blenheim, Angus is described as being 9 years old and a cowherd.
It seems likely that Angus accompanied his family to Australia.
The Clarence and Richmond Examiner of Saturday 20 July 1901 carried the following report:
BRUSHGROVE, MONDAY. Death has claimed an old resident of the district, Mr. Angus Cameron, brother-in-law to Mr. H. Connor, senr., South Arm. On Monday Mr. Cameron was in his usual health and assisting to thrash maize, and on Tuesday morning was found dead in his bed. His remains were taken by the Young Dick to the Maclean cemetery on Wednesday, where the last ceremony was performed in the Presbyterian burying ground. Deceased resided many years ago at Swan Creek, and was well known throughout the district. He was 65 years of age.
From OPR records, it seems likely that Mary Cameron was baptised on 8 May 1836, with her parents being Dugald Cameron, pensioner, and Christina Cameron, of Glenmore.
In the Blenheim passenger lists Mary’s age is given as 7½.
Mary probably moved to Australia with her parents, and married William Connor in 1853.
The Clarence and Richmond Examiner of Saturday 24 February 1894, carried a Death Notice: “On 27th January, 1894, at her residence Clark Hill, Noarlunga, South Australia, Ann Cameron, relict of the Rev. R. Balderston, of Paisley, Scotland, aunt of the late Mrs. Hugh Connor, Mr. Angus Cameron, of South Arm, and also Mrs. William Connor, of Grafton, Clarence River.” This Ann (Cameron) Balderstone was therefore a sister of either Dugald or Christina Cameron.
In 1910, the death of a Mary Connor, parents Douglas and Christina, was registered at Balmain South, NSW.
- Blenheim passenger lists at FamilySearch website
- Family trees on Ancestry.com
- ScotlandsPeople website
- Trove website of Australian newspapers
- NSW BDM records