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on 2013-11-30 18:50:42

Itellya is researching local history on the Mornington Peninsula and is willing to help family historians with information about the area between Somerville and Blairgowrie. He has extensive information about Henry Gomm of Somerville, Joseph Porta (Victoria's first bellows manufacturer) and Captain Adams of Rosebud.

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by itellya on 2013-12-04 02:17:25

See comment 1 under my journal SOME FARMS IN THE SHIRE OF BROADMEADOWS, VIC., AUST. and Broadmeadows Township pioneers.

by itellya on 2016-08-21 07:58:45

THE CLAN CAMERON SOCIETY. (P.10, Argus, May 20, 1853.)

I was alerted to the above article by member, pvrd, who is researching the Cameron clan, especially pioneers near Tullamarine. Relationships between some of them are illustrated in the journal.

Incidentally my guesses in the journal about the location of Glenalin would seem to be wrong. It is likely that Glenalin was a farm east of Willowbank (the Allanbrae Estate north of Kenny St at Melway 6 A-C 4-5) and Wattle Glen (at 6 C-D 4,5.)Between Broadmeadows Township (Westmeadows) and Pascoe Vale Rd and called GLENALLEN or GLENALLAN, the farm was owned by John Kerr Jnr and later Twomey when the new Broadmeadows Shire Office (hall) was built in 1928. ("Broadmeadows A Forgotten History", Andrew Lemon, Broadmeadows rates.)

I had warned pvrd to be careful about assuming relationships between various Camerons because of the huge number of Camerons that arrived in bulk in the early days and the limited vocabulary of given names bestowed in Scottish families. Birth and death years are essential unless another clue exists.

For example the following states that John Cameron was the eldest son of Donald Cameron. But which John Cameron was he?
12 Sep 1882 - Family Notices - Trove;
CAMERON -On the 9th inst, at Ruthvenfield, near Campbellfield, John Cameron, eldest son of the late Donald Cameron, of Ruthvenfield, aged 43 years.

Donald Cameron was resident on Stony Field at the time of the gathering of the Cameron Clan in 1853 and John Cameron was at Deep Creek. The latter was on Warlaby (c/a 11 Bulla Bulla, Melway 384 J8) at that time as illustrated by an advertisement placed by Robert McDougall (a tenant on "Glenroy") warning against removing timber from that and another property. The Bulla parish map also shows J.Cameron as the grantee of c/a 11 on 2-5-1849.

As detailed in the journal, John later bought his grant in section 6 Yuroke at Somerton, immediately east of STONY FIELD, which by 1882 had been renamed RUTHVENFIELD. John had settled there by 1855 when his son, Donald was born at EUROKE (an alternate spelling of Yuroke.) Both Donald and his son John (of Deep Creek, i.e. Warlaby, a name later bestowed by Robert McDougall in honour of Major Booth's shorthorn stud in the old country)were prominent at the meeting of the Cameron clan. The journal shows a Kennedy connection with the clan so it was no surprise to find that Donald Kennedy (of "Glenroy" and
"Dundonald" near Gellibrand Hill) was elected as the first president of "The Clan Cameron Society." The Cameron from Penola was the uncle of Australia's first saint.

Since I wrote the journal, the FRIENDS OF THE WILL WILL ROOK CEMETERY published a book listing 27 Camerons buried at the historic cemetery in Camp Rd (Melway 7 B9.) Ring 0407 687 755 if you wish to purchase a copy.

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