Edward Cameron

Rev. Edward Francis CameronAge: 56 years18851941

Name
Rev. Edward Francis Cameron
Name prefix
Rev.
Given names
Edward Francis
Surname
Cameron
Birth about 1885 21
Note: About the birth parents of Edward Francis Cameron...
Education
Scotch College, Melbourne University, Uni Of W.A.

Occupation
Minister

Note: Presbyterian Church
Note: The Age (Melbourne, Vic. : 1854 - 1954) - Fri 4 Oct 1918 - Page 7 - The Prussian Scourge.
Note: Geraldton Guardian (WA : 1906 - 1928) - Tue 5 Aug 1919 - Page 2 - PERSONAL ITEMS.
Residence
Note: Edward's History of Residence
Motor Accident
Motor Accident
April 9, 1930 (Age 45 years)
Residence 1939 (Age 54 years)
Address: 14 St. George's rd.
Note: Electoral Roll 1939
Death November 3, 1941 (Age 56 years)
Cause of death: Haematemesis, Cirrhosis of the Liver
Note: The Age (Melbourne, Vic. : 1854 - 1954) - Mon 3 Nov 1941 - Page 1 - Family Notices
Burial November 5, 1941 (2 days after death)
Note: Fawkner Memorial Park, Presbyterian Compartment D, grave 5507
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father
mother
Marriage:
himself
Mother’s family with William Kenneth Anthony Cameron - View this family
step-father
mother
Marriage: April 7, 1890Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
8 years
half-brother
Family with Agnes Dunsire Mercer - View this family
himself
wife
daughter
Janet Elizabeth Cameron
Birth: 1916 31 23Geralton, Western Australia, Australia
Death: April 7, 1930Kinglake, Victoria, Australia
3 years
son
William Kenneth Cameron
Birth: 1918 33 25Geralton, Western Australia, Australia
Death: April 7, 1930Kinglake, Victoria, Australia
2 years
daughter
4 years
daughter
Edna CameronEdna Frances Cameron
Birth: September 26, 1922 37 30Subiaco, Perth, Western Australia, Australia
Death: August 20, 2000Raymond Island, Victoria, Australia
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Birth
About the birth parents of Edward Francis Cameron... Modern DNA testing undertaken by the descendants of EFC has shown that the parents of EFC must have come from two families. The family of John Campbell/Mary Jane Savage and the family of Robert Pigott/Margaret Coughlan. Pigotts - Children from the Pigott family emigrated from Ireland to Melbourne individually in the 1870s. The death certificate of Elizabeth Mary Ann Cameron, d.1933 in N.Z. (Edward's "foster mother") contains the note under "living issue", male 48, born before marriage. This must be Edward Francis Cameron (b. circa 1885) and this makes me conclude that Elizabeth Cameron (nee Pigott) is Edward's birth mother. Also, if Edward was born out-of-wedlock to one of Elizabeth's sisters, why would they put the baby in the charge of the youngest sister, also unmarried? Campbells - The Campbell family emigrated from Scotland to Melbourne in 1873. They had three sons Edward b. 1858, John b. 1863 and Alexander b. 1867. If one of the Pigott sisters was birth mother of EFC then one of these three brothers was his father. (NB. It cannot be John Campbell senior who fathered EFC because the descendants of EFC share DNA with descendants of Mary Jane Savage). I have represetned the unknown Campbell who must have been Edward's father by creating an individual "Unknown Campbell". The Campbell family played a central role in establishing a sugar refinery in the Yarraville area and lived in that area through the 1880s and 1890s. Some members of the Pigott family settled in the Footscray area when they arrived in Melbourne. Perhaps some of the Pigott sisters, Elizabeth among them, worked at the sugar refinery?
Occupation
Presbyterian Church
Occupation
The Age (Melbourne, Vic. : 1854 - 1954) - Fri 4 Oct 1918 - Page 7 - The Prussian Scourge. https://trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/article/155241630 The Prussian Scourge. PRESBYTERIAN ASSEMBLY ADVOCATES A LEAGUE OF NATIONS. On the motion of the Rev. E. F. Cameron the federal assembly of the Presbyterian Church of Australia yesterday affirmed "the desirability of the formation of a league of nations, or its equivalent, after the present war, so that the scourge of militarism of the Prussian type may never again afflict humanity." The mover expressed the belief that a league of nations, based on mutual trust and confidence— but involving international armament strong enough to resist any power seeking to destroy the peace of the world — was unthinkable except on the basis of the defeat of Germany.
Occupation
Geraldton Guardian (WA : 1906 - 1928) - Tue 5 Aug 1919 - Page 2 - PERSONAL ITEMS. https://trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/article/66918297 PERSONAL ITEMS. The Rev E F Cameron, with Mrs Cameron and family went down to Perth by yesterday morning's train. Mr Cameron is to be inducted to the charge of the Subiaco Presbyterian Church by the Presbytery of Perth on Thursday. Although Mr Cameron has ceased to be the minister of St John's he still retains an official connection with the congregation, having been appointed to act as Interim Moderator of Session, during the period of the vacancy. In view of this the Session decided not to have any leave function of a social nature at the present time, but to wait until Mr Cameron's duties connected with the congregation terminated.
Residence
Edward's History of Residence Until around 1898 with the Cameron/Pigott family in "FitzWilliam St., Fitzroy". (Presuming Fitzwilliam St is now King William St., MH May 2011) King William St., Fitzroy, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia From around 1898 until around 1903/4 with the McDonald sisters in Hotham St., East Melbourne. Hotham St., East Melbourne, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia 1907/08 - Bacchus Marsh - not much known of this period. 1908 - at 199 Drummond St., Carlton. Occupation listed as student. (Electoral Roll). 1909 to 1912 - Residence unknown while studying and tutoring at Scotch College. 1912 to 1915 - Kanowna, a religious teaching college in Western Australia. 1915 to 1919 - 47 Colin St., Perth when at church in Geralton, Perth, first post in the church. Federal Standard, Friday 21 January, 1916 - page 2 http://trove.nla.gov.au/ndp/del/article/130652334 Says the Geraldton (W. A ) "Guardian" :-"At a well-attended meeting of the congregation of the Geraldton Presbyterian church, on Tuesday evening, December 21, which was presided over by the Rev. Daniel Ross, of West Perth, it was unanimously decided to offer, through the Presbytery, a call to the Rev E. F. Cameron. He is a native of Melbourne, Vic., and after attending the Scotch College, Melbourne, and the Melbourne University, engaged for a time in the profession of a school teacher. Subsequently he entered a course for the Ministry, and after three years at Kanowna, was appointed assistant at St. Andrew's, Perth, Mr Cameron has completed his course, attaining fourth place for the Commonwealth in the recent examinations. He is at present supplying the vacancy at St John's Mr Cameron has recently married Agnes, the daughter of Mr and Mrs Mercer, of Perth (late of Dunfermline Scotland.) [The Mr Cameron referred to was a few years ago assistant minister to the late Rev J. Howard Meek, of Yackandandah, and as a youth was well known in Barnawartha as "The boy politician "] 1917 - The Manse, Geraldton. (1917 census - lists the manse as being at Eleanor St, but as of now there is no Eleanor St in Geraldton, and the manse and church are listed at 227 Lester St Geraldton.) 1919 to 1925 - 317 Baget Road, Subiaco while Minister at St. John's in Subiaco 317 Bagot Road, Subiaco, Perth, Western Australia, Australia 1925 to 1928 - Minister at Quambatook Victoria 1928 - 52 Moreland Rd, Coburg (Electoral Roll). 1928 to 1929 - North Brunswick, Melbourne 1930 to 1935 - Yea, Victoria, Australia The Argus, Thursday 28 February, 1935 - page 3 http://trove.nla.gov.au/ndp/del/article/11018044 YEA-The Rev E F Cameron who has resigned the charge of Scots Church after five years was bidden farewell and presented with gifts and a wallet of notes. 1931 and 1933 - Yea (ELectoral Rolls) 1935 to 1937 - Palmer St. Fitzroy 1939 to 1941 - 14 St.Georges Rd., N7 Collingwood, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Motor Accident
Newspaper reports of Fatal Car Accident The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1957) - Thu 10 Apr 1930 - Page 9 - MOTORING ACCIDENTS. https://trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/article/4080529 MOTORING ACCIDENTS. TWO CHILDREN KILLED. PINNED BY OVERTURNED CAR. Clergyman and Girl Escape. YEA, Wednesday.-In a motor-car accident this afternoon a boy and a girl, children of the Rev. E. F. Cameron, minister of Scots Church, Yea, were killed. The mishap occurred three miles from Glenburn, and 15 miles from Yea. The car, which was returning from Melbourne, was being driven by Mr. Cameron, who was accompanied by his two daughters and a son. When travelling down an incline on the Yea-Glenburn road the car struck a tree-stump and overturned. The boy, aged 13 years, and the elder girl, aged 10 years, were killed instantly, the girl being pinned down by the windscreen and the boy by the back of the car. Mr. Cameron and his other daughter sustained slight injuries and shock. The bodies of the dead children were brought to Yea, where an inquest will be held. Mr. Cameron has been in charge of Scots Church for about two months. The church committee to-night decided to postpone the annual flower show, which was to have been opened to-morrow. The Age (Melbourne, Vic. : 1854 - 1954) - Fri 11 Apr 1930 - Page 7 - CAR OVERTURNS. https://trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/article/202256968 CAR OVERTURNS. Two Children Killed. YEA, Thursday. — A fatal motor accident took place on the Yea-Glenburn road, about three miles from Glenburn, yesterday afternoon. A motor car driven by Rev. E. F. . Cameron, minister of Scots church, Yea, turned completely over, and his eldest daughter, 13 years of age, and his eldest son, 12 years, were killed instantly. Mr. Cameron and a younger daughter, who was also with him at the time of the accident, escaped with minor injuries and shock. Mr. Cameron was returning from Melbourne to Yea after a visit to his relations. The accident is believed to have been caused by the car running off the road when going down an incline, and striking the stump of a tree. The car fell on top of the occupants. Mr. Cameron crawled from under the car, and pulled the youngest child from underneath, but he was unable to extricate the other two children. A man named Taylor, who was returning to his home on horseback heard the crash and screams, and rode for assistance. The bodies of the two children were brought into Yea. The West Australian (Perth, WA : 1879 - 1954) - Thu 10 Apr 1930 - Page 11 - CAR OVERTURNS. https://trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/article/31073303 CAR OVERTURNS. Boy and Girl Killed. MELBOURNE. April 9.— A boy aged 13 years, and a girl aged 10 years, the children of the Rev. E. F. Cameron, minister of Scots Church. Yea (a town 96 miles north east of Melbourne), were killed in a motor accident 15 miles from Yea this afternoon. They were returning from Melbourne in a car driven by their father, when the car struck a stump and overturned. The children were killed instantly. Mr. Cameron and another daughter suffered slight injuries. Geraldton Guardian and Express (WA : 1929 - 1947) - Thu 10 Apr 1930 - Page 1 - CAR OVERTURNS https://trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/article/67242234 CAR OVERTURNS TWO CHILDREN KILLED FATHER AND SISTER INJURED Melbourne, April 9. A boy, aged 13 years, and a girl aged 10 years, children of the Rev. E. F. Cameron, Minister of the Scots Church, Yea, were killed in a motor car accident 15 miles from Yea this afternoon. They were returning from Melbourne in a car driven by their father, when the car struck a stump and overturned. The children were killed instantly and Cameron and another daughter suffered slight injuries. FORMER GERALDTON RESIDENT MINISTER OF ST JOHN'S CHURCH The news contained in the foregoing message will be read with great, regret by many Geraldton people. The Rev. E. F. Cameron came to Geraldton about 1916, and was minister of St John's Church, Eleanor Street, until 1919, when he was appointed to the church at Subiaco. Whilst at Subiaco he was clerk of the Perth Presbytery. Five or six years ago he left Western Australia for Victoria, where he held charges and recently he was inducted to the church at Yea. Mr Cameron had recently been married when he came to Geraldton, and two of his children were born here. Both Mrs Cameron and he were held in high esteem, and their departure was regretted not only by the members of their own community, but by the residents generally.
Residence
Electoral Roll 1939 1379 Cameron, Agnes Dunsire, 14 Si. George's rd., N.7, textile worker, F 1383 Cameron, Edward Francis, 14 St. George's rd., N.7, clergyman, M
Death
The Age (Melbourne, Vic. : 1854 - 1954) - Mon 3 Nov 1941 - Page 1 - Family Notices https://trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/article/209806141 CAMERON. — On November 2 (suddenly), at St. Arnaud. Rev. Edward Francis Cameron, minister of the Presbyterian Church of Victoria, husband of the late Agnes Dunsire Cameron, and loved father of Agnes (Mrs. A. M. Stephens), Edna, Christina, Nancy and the late Elizabeth and Kenneth, aged 55 years. Father.
Death
(Medical):The Argus, Wednesday 17 July, 1940 - page 4 http://trove.nla.gov.au/ndp/del/article/11305610 CAMERON.-On July 15, at the Royal Melbourne Hospital, Agnes Dunsire, the dearly loved wife of the Rev. E. F. Cameron, and loving mother of Janet (dec.), Kenneth (dec.), Nessie, Edna, Ina, and Nancy, aged 48 years.
Burial
Fawkner Memorial Park, Presbyterian Compartment D, grave 5507
Note
Fostered to William Kenneth Anthony Cameron and Elizabeth Emma Pigott. William Kenneth presumed to be the natural father.
Note
Interim Moderator at St. Andrews Presbyterian Church, Perth - April-Nov 1920
Note
Extract from a letter to Edna Holt from Christine Shervington, Archivist, Office of the Registrar, University of Western Australia, Nedlands, WA 6009, dated 4th December 1987, their reference 02/11/002/015. Dear Mrs Holt, Your letter of 26th November 1987 requesting information on Edward Francis Cameron has been passed to me for reply. Edward Francis Cameron whose address was Presbyterian Church Kanowna, applied as an external student in the course for Bachelor of Arts in may 1913. he had matriculated from Scotch College, Melbourne in 1909 and was granted exemptions for English I, Logic and Philosophy I, History of the British Empire I, as he had undertaken these (or similar) subjects at Melbourne University. He did not undertake any exams in 1913, and he next enrolled in 1915 in Greek part I, his address at the time being St Andrews Church, Perth. Again it appears he did not sit for an exam, and he next enrolled in 1917, at which time his address was St John's Manse, Geraldton. He appears to have returned to the city in 1919, when his address was The Manse, Subiaco. He did not graduate from the University, and the entry in his file is 1919 when he withdrew because of ill health during the academic year. I hope this information is of some help.
Note
From University of Melbourne student records, matriculation roll 5810, 24/3/1909. 1st year LL.B. Nov. 1909 Dec 1909 Latin I N N Deductive Logic and Elementary Deduction P English I P Hist of the British Empire Honours 4th term 1908
Note
From notes by Edna Holt while researching her father's history in 1987/88. (Birth certificate referred to here, with child's name of Francis Edward and the mother a Sarah Ann Cameron, was later found not to be the birth of Edward Cameron, my grandfather). After receiving the birth certificate I searched around looking for more evidence of the Cameron name and had no success. After discussing the situation with Nancy we came to the conclusion that this was indeed the correct certificate. The baby (Edward) was given to the father and his wife who had no children of their own. Five times his natural mother came to see him, twice she saw him, the other three times she was turned away. Every year around the time of his birthday he would receive a small gift. Once it was a small pocket knife. he put it on a piece of string and tied it around his waist, it was great for cutting things and digging up worms with. After a while the gifts stopped. There seemed to be a strong affection for the boy from the father, talk of building him a tree-house in the backyard and owning a penny-farthing bicycle, because of this and the fact that the parents were of two different religions, there was tension in the marriage. As a young boy he was able to visit a Jewish Synagog in Carlton, where the old Rabbi would teach him the Hebrew language, he always had to remember to take his little cap to be allowed in the building. When he was near his teens the foster-mother had a child of her own, 'William Kenneth'. Shortly afterward the father died, aged 37. His foster-mother tried to convert him to the Roman Catholic faith and have him become a priest, which he refused to do. One day he came home from school to find the house empty, except for one packing case in the middle of a room. he stayed in the house for 2 or 3 days not knowing what to do. In the backyard was an apple tree with green apples, which he ate for sustenance. He then decided he would seek the advice of his teacher at school, a casual aquantance of the family, Sheila McDonald. "The door was left ajar, she was afraid as I was, not knowing the true situation. Over the years the door opened wider and wider, instead of staying one night I stayed for years." They were two spinster sisters and their generosity was always there. One was a deal cleverer than the other, they were stern disciplinarians at the school and moreso with themselves. One had to go before the board and was sacked, but was re-instated as between the two of them they covered all of the subjects. Both supported each other by study, working hard late into the night to set out the next day's lessons, so it was never found out that one never had all the proper qualifications. One (Sheila) Edward came to idolise, and on occasions she allowed him to enter her room and sit on the end of her bed to talk. The other sister he found harder to know but he admired them both for battling for themselves in a male world. With the help of Sheila McDonald, Edward was able to obtain a good education, winning scholarships along the way and was seriously thinking of studying theology. Also about this time he decided to change his name back to that of his natural mother - Cameron. He matriculated at Scotch College in Melbourne then went to Western Australia to finish his education there. He took up his clerical duties for the Presbyterian Church in Geralton, where he met and married Agnes Dunsire Mercer, who had not long arrived from Scotland with her family. Edward's father -William Kenneth Pigott, was a building contractor in Carlton, he always put his initials in the second brick in the second top row of the buildings he built. He died at the age of 37 years. His foster-mother - Elizabeth Emma left Melbourne for New Zealand, taking her child "William Kenneth" with her. William went to the 1st World War, was taken prisoner where he contracted tuberculosis and died soon after the war. He had married and had two daughters. These notes are drawn from the memories of Edna and Nancy Cameron.
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Email from Garry Holt, 8th July 2005 Information from Nancy - It seems that his father was William Kenneth Cameron & his step mother was Elizabeth Pigott. She was born in Northern Ireland. He never liked his step mother because she kept on nagging him to become a priest and he wouldn't. She was a RC. He was visited by his real mother occasionally but in the end they would hide him from her. She sent him a butterfly in a box once but it was dead by the time he got it. She also sent him a pocket knife but it was taken off him when he started to trim the furniture. Nessie had old Photos of EE Pigott, baby (William joseph) and Edward Francis taken outside their gate apparently just after WKC had died because Edward looked to be about 14. WKC contracted to build a lot of buildings in Lygon St Carlton all of which he sub-contracted out. They lived in William St. Fitzroy at that time and this is where WKC died, he bled to death from his varicose veins, before an ambulance could get there. (* Not true, WKC died in NZ. - MH) The daughters of William Joseph Anthony Cameron were Elaine and Ruth and it is they who wrote to Edward Francis all the time & kept him up to date on the happenings of their father. Don't know how they found him though.
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Edward Francis Cameron - parents... The family relationship between Edward Francis Cameron and the people shown here as his parents: William Kenneth Cameron and Elizabeth Emma Pigott, is based purely on word-of-mouth evidence. We have no documentary evidence to prove any relationship. The relationship is shown here as a family, rather than just being recorded in the notes attached to Edward Francis Cameron, in the hope that someone with infomation about William Kenneth Cameron and Elizabeth Emma Pigott will find their names on this website and contact us. Malcolm Holt - May 2011 Email from Garry Holt, 14/Jan/2015 I have William Kenneth Anthony Cameron as death 1914 New Zealand aged 55, buried Omaka, new catholic no.2 block2 plot 69. His wife Elizabeth died Blenheim NZ 7 apr 1933 is in on top of him. Their son William Joseph Anthony Cameron, died 13 Sep 1928 Blenheim NZ his two children Eileen Ruth died 31 Dec 2007 and June Mary 14 March 2003. WJA’s wife Ruth Ivy Adinis Braddon 1893-1940 already had a child to her first husband Lucas Garbes (in Sydney)1887-1912, his name was Lucas Braddon “Gus” Garbes 1912-1988. After WJA Cameron died Ruth married Malcolm Charles McDonald they had no children and he died NZ 1976. Between Lucas and William, Ruth also had another daughter Elsie Braddon 1914-2001 she married Ira Charles Palmer, they had 4 children two still alive Death Notice http://paperspast.natlib.govt.nz/cgi-bin/paperspast?a=d&cl=search&d=MEX19140406.2.12&srpos=20&e=01-04-1914-01-09-1914--10--11-byDA---0William+CAMERON-- Marlborough Express, Volume XLVIII, Issue 81, 6 April 1914, Page 4 CAMERON.-On April 5, at Blenheim William Kenneth Anthony Cameron; aged 55 years.
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OBITUARY The Age, Thu 6 Nov 1941, page 6 http://trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/article/209805843 Rev. E. F. Cameron Rev. E. F. Cameron, of Fitzroy, who visited St. Arnaud to conduct the church services in the Presbyterian church on Sunday, was taken to the district hospital on Saturday with a severe hemorrhage. On Sunday he took a bad turn, and six members of the fire brigade volunteered to give blood transfusions, but while tests were being made he died. He was aged 57 years. The remains were conveyed to Melbourne by train.
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Deaths The Age (Melbourne Vic - 1854-1954, Mon 3 Nov 1941 Page 1 https://trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/article/209806141 CAMERON. — On November 2 (suddenly), at St. Arnaud. Rev. Edward Francis Cameron, minister ot the Presbyterian Church of Victoria, husband of the late Agnes Dunsire Cameron, and loved father of Agnes (Mrs. A. M. Stephens), Edna, Christina, Nancy and the late Elizabeth and Kenneth, aged 55 years. Father.
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(Medical):Federal Standard, Friday 21 January, 1916 - page 2 http://trove.nla.gov.au/ndp/del/article/130652334 Says the Geraldton (W. A ) "Guardian" :-"At a well-attended meeting of the congregation of the Geraldton Presbyterian church, on Tuesday evening, December 21, which was presided over by the Rev. Daniel Ross, of West Perth, it was unanimously decided to offer, through the Presbytery, a call to the Rev E. F. Cameron. He is a native of Melbourne, Vic., and after attending the Scotch College, Melbourne, and the Melbourne University, engaged for a time in the profession of a school teacher. Subsequently he entered a course for the Ministry, and after three years at Kanowna, was appointed assistant at St. Andrew's, Perth, Mr Cameron has completed his course, attaining fourth place for the Commonwealth in the recent examinations. He is at present supplying the vacancy at St John's Mr Cameron has recently married Agnes, the daughter of Mr and Mrs Mercer, of Perth (late of Dunfermline Scotland.) [The Mr Cameron referred to was a few years ago assistant minister to the late Rev J. Howard Meek, of Yackandandah, and as a youth was well known in Barnawartha as "The boy politician "] The Argus, Thursday 28 February, 1935 - page 3 http://trove.nla.gov.au/ndp/del/article/11018044 YEA-The Rev E F Cameron who has resigned the charge of Scots Church after five years was bidden farewell and presented with gifts and a wallet of notes. Interim Moderator at St. Andrews Presbyterian Church, Perth - April-Nov 1920 From University of Melbourne student records, matriculation roll 5810, 24/3/1909. 1st year LL.B. Nov. 1909 Dec 1909 Latin I N N Deductive Logic and Elementary Deduction P English I P Hist of the British Empire Honours 4th term 1908 The Argus, Thursday 10 April, 1930 - page 9 http://trove.nla.gov.au/ndp/del/article/4080529 TWO CHILDREN KILLED. PINNED BY OVERTURNED CAR. Clergyman and Girl Escape. YEA, Wednesday. In a motor-car accident this afternoon a boy and a girl, children of the Rev. E. F. Cameron, minister of Scots Chinch, Yea, were killed. The mis-hap occurred three miles from Glenburn, and l5 miles from Yea. The car, which was returning from Melbourne, was being driven by Mr. Cameron, who was accompanied by his two daughters and a son. When travelling down an incline on the Yea-Glenburn road the car struck a tree-stump and overturned. The hoy, aged 13 years, and the elder girl, aged 10 years, were killed instantly, the girl being pinned down by the windscreen and the boy by the back of the car. Mr. Cameron and his other daughter sustained slight injuries and shock. The bodies of the dead children were brought to Yea, where an inquest will be held. Mr. Cameron has been in charge of Scots Church for about two months. The church committee to-night decided to postpone the annual flower show, which was to have been opened to-morrow. The West Australian, Thursday 10 April, 1930 http://trove.nla.gov.au/ndp/del/page/2857997 CAR OVERTURNS. Boy and Girl Killed. MELBOURNE. April 9.— A boy aged 13 years, and a girl aged 10 years, the children of the Rev. E. F. Cameron, minister of Scots Church. Yea (a town 96 miles north east of Melbourne), were killed in a motor accident 15 miles from Yea this afternoon. They were returning from Melbourne in a car driven by their father, when the car struck a stump and overturned. The children were killed instantly. Mr. Cameron and another daughter suffered slight in juries.
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Parentage of Edward Francis Cameron

About the birth parents of Edward Francis Cameron.
 

Modern DNA testing undertaken by the descendants of EFC has shown that the parents of EFC must have come from two families. The family of John Campbell/Mary Jane Savage and the family of Robert Pigott/Margaret Coughlan. I have represented this relationship in this tree by inventing a member of the Campbell family: Unknown Campbell and nominating this individual as the father of Edward Cameron.

Children from the Pigott family emigrated from Ireland to Melbourne individually in the 1870s. There was only one male amongst them, Michael. There was a time when the identity of the birth mother of Edward Cameron was unkown, family anecdotes pointed away from Edward's foster mother Elizabeth Pigott. Since then DNA testing has confirmed that a member of the Pigott family was Edward's birth parent, and a copy of the death certificate of Elizabeth has been obtained, this containt the information that Elizabeth was mother to a boy born about 1885 and "born before marriage". This must be Edward.

One of the family anecdotes was of a woman visiting Edward when he was a small child and bearing gifts. For some time we presumed that this might be Edward's birth mother. Now that the identiy of Edward's biorth mother is known, it is likely that the visitor was one of Elizabeth's sisters, perhaps Helena who later became Sister Mary Loyola was visiting to make sure that Edward would be brought up in the Catholic faith?

The Campbell family emigrated from Scotland to Melbourne in 1873. They had three sons Edward b. 1858, John b. 1863 and Alexander b. 1867. One of these brothers was the father of EFC. (NB. It cannot be John Campbell senior who fathered EFC because the descendants of EFC share DNA with descendants of Mary Jane Savage's parents George Savage and Susan Fairgreave). As far as we know EFC was born in 1885, it seems unlikely that Edward is the father as he was married with three children and appears to be a settled family man (no hints of scandal about him), John would have married at about the time EFC was conceived/born - it might be him,  he would have been a similar age to Elizabeth at the time. The youngest Alex would have been single and about 17 when EFC was conceived - might be him. It seems most likely that the father is John Campbell Jnr, but there's no way of telling for sure.

The Campbell family played a central role in establishing a sugar refinery in the Yarraville area and lived in that area through the 1880s and 1890s.  Some members of the Pigott family settled in the Footscray area when they arrived in Melbourne. Perhaps some of the Pigott sisters worked at the sugar refinery? 


More about the children of Robert Pigott and Margaret Coghlan.
 

It is our good  fortune that in the 1880's Helena Pigott took up a legal action in regard to the will of her late mother, Margaret Coghlan (Pigott). The documentation associated with this case provides vital evidence about who is who among the children of the family of RP and MC, also some useful facts about Margaret Coughlan herself.

Firstly, the following baptism records are available from "Ireland Roman Catholic Parish Baptisms":
17/09/1843 - Michaelum in Adare, sponsors Andreas Coghlan & Maria Coghlan
26/09/1844 - Emilia in Adare, sp Michl? & Maria Coghlan (NB. not in index, film only)
09/01/1848 - Maria in Adare, sponsors Jacobo Pigott & Ellena Coghlan
22/12/1850 - Maria in Adare, sponsors Thomas Coghlan & Elizabeth Coghlan
05/06/1853 - Margarita in Adare, sponsors Jacobus Pigot & Margarita Pigot
11/06/1854 - Eliza in Adare, sponsors Patritius Pigot & Helena Coghlan
15/01/1857 - Michaelem in Croagh, sponsors Joannes & Joanna Pigott
20/06/1861 - Ellena in Croagh, sponsors ? Pigott & Catharina?os?ell

In addition, the following other children are known but have no known baptism record:
about 1844 - Thomas
about 1859 - Kathleen
about 1861 - Mary Philomena
about 1864 - Elizabeth Mary Ann

Secondly, from the legal case, Helena describes herself as "Helena Pigott, formerly of St Georges Rd Nth Fitzroy, now of 552 Drummond St Carlton, ....Spinster...." in 1897. At that time only one of the Pigott sisters in Melbourne was unmarried and that person went on to become Sister Mary Loyola. Helena lists the following siblings plus herself as the "(Margaret Coughlan's) only surviving next of kin Tom Pigott, Amelia Pigott, Mary Pigott, Margaret Pigott, Elizabeth Pigott, Kate Pigott, Michael Pigott."

Thirdly, we know that Mary Philomena and Helena(Ellena) were not the same person, because the will of older sister Margaret names the executors as:
Thomas Smith
Mary Philomena Taylor
Helena Pigott

As regards Robert Pigott, he is still alive when Margaret died in 1880 as she is described as "married woman", but has died by 1897 as he is not listed in the next of kin. Also, in 1888 Helena testified that Robert Pigott had survived Margaret Coghlan but had since died.

So, which of the baptised children became which adult? Looking at each in turn:
Michaelum  b. 1843 - there is no further evidence of this person, unless he became Thomas. 
Records that exist for Thomas are the 1901 census where his age is given as 47, and the 1911 census where his age is 67. If the latter is correct that would match a birth about 1843, whereas a birth in 1853 would conflict with the birth of Margarita.

Thomas - as well as the census records, there is a death of a Thomas Pigott 28/03/1918, St Johns Hospital and a further place of "Milltown Croagh", so this might be the Thomas in question. Bachelor, aged 69, farmer - Thomas was a bachelor farmer but the age is questionable.

Emilia b. 1844 - this record doesn't appear in indexes but can be seen on the scanned register image for 26/Sep/1844. Presumably this is Amelia who appears in the 1901 census (age given as 41) and dies in 1902 (age given as 46) - Amelia Pigott from Ballanguile (dated 10/Sep/1902.)

Maria b. 1848 - because the name has been used again, it's likely that this child died in infancy. 

Maria b. 1850 - No further records appear for this name. Could this be the child that later became Mary Philomena?

Margarita b. 1853 - presumably this is Margaret who later became Margaret Smith and died in Aust in 1917 aged 63.

Eliza b. 1854 - no further records exist for an Eliza. Could this be Mary Philomena (later Taylor) or Elizabeth Mary Ann (later Cameron)? Mary Philomena died in 1935 aged 74, this implies birth around 1860 but no such birth or baptism can be found in the records. No age given in death notices. Elizabeth gave her age as 26 at marriage in 1890 and her age was given as 69 in 1933, both of these imply birth in 1864 but no baptism record has been found.

Mary Philomena - no identifiable baptism record. Mary was married to John James Taylor in 1891 but no age information available. At death in 1935 her age is given as 74, implying birth in 1860, so perhaps Mary Philomena was baptised Eliza?

Elizabeth Mary Ann - no identifiable baptism record. At marriage in 1890 she gives her age as 26, implying birth in 1864. Possibly she could have been baptised Eliza in 1854 but that's a bit of a stretch. At her death in 1933, age is given as 69 also implying birth in 1864.

Michaelem b. 1857 - this is Michael Augustine who married Kate Whyte and emigrated to Aust shortly after the death of his mother. 

Ellena b. 1861 - this is Helena (on the baptism entry, the name could easily be read as either Ellena or Hellena) who later became Sister Mary Loyola. Died 1934 age given as 70, though, in a list of Irish Nuns in Victoria her first name is given as Mary with birth year of 1864, entered service in 1907, and "possibly born 1872".

More details about the Pigott family can be seen here: https://www.is-that-you.com/trees/family.php?famid=F7382&ged=Holt


More about the Campbell family.
 

Originally from Northern Ireland, John Campbell married Mary Jane Savage, also from N.I., in Port Glasgow in 1854. In the 1861 census in Scotland J.C. is described as a "Sugar House Labourer", and in the 1871 census as a "Sugar Boiler".  In 1873 J.C. and his eldest son Edward (Sugar House Worker) emigrated to Australia on the ship "Loch Lomond" and were described on the passenger list as "Engineers". They travelled to Melbourne to help establish the CSR sugar factory in Yarraville, Melbourne. The remaining Campbell family, Mary Jane and the other children, Margaret Campbell (sister of John) and her family, all emigrated on the ship "Great Britain" to settle in the Yarraville area.

John Campbell became the manager of the new factory and his son Edward the Works Manager. In 1881 John and his wife Mary Jane Savage separated, the separation involving a court case where it was alleged that MJS had assaulted a visitor to the sugar factory. MJS went to live with the family of her eldest daughter Elizabeth.

After the separation, John appears to have something of a tumultuous time of it, there was a case of his housekeeper seemingly dying in the act of trying to self-abort in a lodging house in Williamstown, a court case where it is alleged that JC defamed another couple, and just before his death a number of strange changes to his will. After JC died, there was a court case involving his sons vs. a son-in-law of Margaret Campbell, one Oliver Chanter, to whom JC had left his estate in a last minute change to his will. Untimately, Chanter was paid a sum of cash and the late changes to the will were dropped.

In 1888 Edward left the refinery to start a successful engineering business in Richmond and was later a member of Melbourne City Council. Edward married the daughter of another prominent industrialist, James Cuming, and it seems was a dedicated family man.

The other two sons of JC seem to be less industrious than Edward, John Campbell Jnr went to Gippsland and worked as a real estate agent, George Alexander (Alex) Campbell was a shopkeeper/grocer in Yarragon.

More details about the Campbell family can be seen here: https://www.is-that-you.com/trees/family.php?famid=F7702&ged=Holt

The McDonald Family

Another family that played a big part in the upbringing of Edward Francis Cameron is the McDonald family. When William Kenneth Cameron left Australia to return to New Zealand, shortly afterward followed by Elizabeth Pigott and their baby son William Joseph Cameron (b. 1898), Edward was left to fend for himself. This was about 1898-1899, when Edward was about 13-14 years old.  

The family story is that Edward came home from school one day to find the house empty. After a couple of days Edward spoke with one his school teachers, Robina Anne McDonald who lived in East Melbourne with her sister Alexandrina Jessie McDonald. It was arranged that Edward would live with the McDonald sisters and continue to attend school. He stayed with them until he left high school and kept up a close relationship with the sisters thereafter. Christina ("Chris") Cameron recalls a holiday with the McDonald family in their family home "Glen Elgin" at Barnawartha near the N.S.W. border.

The McDonald sisters were part of the family of Alexander McDonald and Robina Menzies who married in Lochbroom in Ross and Cromarty, Scotland in 1856, and that same year emigrated to Australia. More details about this family can be seen here: https://www.is-that-you.com/trees/family.php?famid=F8465&ged=Holt - including an obituaray for Alexander and details of the Will of Robina Menzies.