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Memorable Manitobans: John Robson Cameron (1845-1907)

Journalist, municipal official.

He enlisted in the Ontario Battalion of the Wolseley Expedition, arriving at the Red River Settlement in 1870, staying behind after demobilization and joining a survey party in southern Manitoba. He joined W. F. Luxton in founding the Manitoba Free Press, helping to install its presses, and serving as its general foreman. He served on the Winnipeg city council from 1874 to 1875, and from 1882 to 1883. On leaving Winnipeg, he worked as a printer, reporter or editor at newspapers at Minneapolis, Stratford (Ontario), Toronto, and Guelph, and finally Hamilton where he was editor of the Hamilton Spectator. He died in Wentworth County, Ontario on 30 December 1907.


Ontario death registration, Ancestry.

“Was pioneer in Winnipeg journalism”, Manitoba Free Press, 3 January 1908, page 18.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 1 January 2010

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