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Memorable Manitobans: John Cameron (1850-1924)

Civil servant.

Born in Glengarry County, Ontario on 1 June 1850, son of Donald Cameron, he was educated in the Williamstown High School. He taught school in Glengarry County from 1869 to 1870 then moved to Lindsay, Ontario in 1873 where he was a law student for two years. He then worked for three years as an accountant for a wholesale grocery firm, then another three years in a law office. He moved to Manitoba in March 1882, entering the provincial civil service in June 1883. He worked as a clerk of agricultural statistics and later as a cashier in the treasury department, retiring in 1922.

Brother-in-law of John Saul.

He and wife Hestor Holmes (1865-?) had two children: Helen Mary Cameron (b 1896) and John Holmes Cameron (b 1905). He was a member of the St. Augustine Presbyterian Church and the Ancient Order of United Workmen. He died at his Winnipeg home, 105 Nassau Street, on 14 August 1924 and was buried in the Old Kildonan Cemetery.


A Political Manual of the Province of Manitoba and the North-West Territories by J. P. Robertson, Winnipeg: Call Printing Company, 1887.

1901 Canada census, Automated Genealogy.

Birth registrations, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

“John Cameron dead”, Manitoba Free Press, 15 August 1924, page 7. [Manitoba Legislative Library, Biographical Scrapbook B8]

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 4 August 2012

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