Goldfields Involvement, 1854
Post 1854 Experiences
- Death of Mr. James Cameron.
- By the death of Mr. James Cameron, senr., of East Maitland, after a very short illness, from gastric influenza and bronchitis, in his 77th year, there has passed away a widely-known and highly respected colonist of nearly 70 years standing. Coming to New South Wales with his parents in the ship "Brilliant" in 1830, his early years were spent in farming occupations in the vicinity of Hexham. On the discovery of gold in 1851 he went to the Turon, thence to Bendigo, and later to the Ballarat diggings, doing fairly well at either digging, storekeeping or carrying. When the railway from Newcastle to Maitland was in course of construction he returned to Newcastle and opened a butchering business at what is now Tarro, marrying in 1856, Miss Mary Buchanan, of Ash Island, both living to celebrate their golden wedding in July 1906. In 1860 the deceased built the Queen's Arms Hotel at Hamilton, then Borehole, conducting it in conjunction with an extensive carting business and bus proprietary for over 35 years. During this period his pioneering work, his knowledge of horses and his love of sport made him known to large numbers of people, Cameron-street and Cameron's Hill being named after him, besides being one of the aldermen of the first Municipal Council of Hamilton. The deceased was also one of the oldest members of the Newcastle Jockey Club, of which several years ago he was out of compliment to his long membership elected honorary member for life, and he was also one of the oldest members of the Oddfellows' and Druids' Lodges. The deceased gentleman's wife predeceased him 13 months ago, the family left being Mr. J. C. Cameron of Newcastle, Mrs. C. Baker of Waratah, Mrs. R. A. and T. W. Sharp of Hamilton and Islington respectively, and Miss S. Cameron of East Maitland. Mr. John Cameron of Moree, Messrs. Hugh and Dugald Cameron of Newcastle, and Daniel Cameron of Queensland are brothers of deceased, who was also for many years an elder or trustee of the Presbyterian Church at Hamilton.
Wickham, Dorothy, Shot in the Dark: Being the Petition for the Compensation Case of Benden S. Hassell, Ballarat Heritage Services, 1998.
- Wickham, Dorothy, Shot in the Dark: Being the Petition for the Compensation Case of Benden S. Hassell, Ballarat Heritage Services, 1998.
- The Maitland Daily Mercury, 30 August 1907.