[Editor: This untitled obituary for Donald Cameron was published in The Ballarat Star (Ballarat, Vic.), 24 November 1885. See also: “A Tribute”, a poem written in honour of Donald Cameron.]
[Obituary for Donald Cameron]
We regret to have to record the death of another old resident of Ballarat, which took place on Saturday.
The deceased, Mr Donald Cameron, was one of the first to arrive in Ballarat, pitching his tent on Soldiers Hill. Subsequently he erected a more convenient abode, and in that resided until the day of his death.
Mr Cameron was for many years signalman at the Western railway station, and was highly respected not only by the officers of the department but by all who knew him.
He was 75 years of age, and leaves a widow, who is afflicted with blindness, and a grown up family.
The remains of the deceased were interred in the Old Cemetery yesterday afternoon. The members of the St. Andrew’s Lodge walked in the procession, in which were also a large number of the deceased’s fellow workmen. Messrs Thompson, Bartholomew, Walker, and Adams acted as pall-bearers. The Rev. Mr M’Connell officiated at the grave, and the mortuary arrangements were satisfactorily carried out by Mr Wellington, sen.
The Ballarat Star (Ballarat, Vic.), 24 November 1885, p. 2 (6th column)
A death notice for Donald Cameron appeared in The Ballarat Star of 23 November 1885:
CAMERON. — On the 21st November, at his residence, 42 Ligar street, Soldiers Hill, Donald Cameron (late of Victorian Railways), native of Fort William, Inverness-shire, Scotland, aged 75 years.
See: “Deaths”, The Ballarat Star (Ballarat, Vic.), 23 November 1885, p. 2
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