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The Cyclopedia of New Zealand [Wellington Provincial District]

Cameron, Charles

Cameron, Charles, Settler, “Fassifern,” Fordell. Mr. Cameron was born in 1821 in Argyllshire, Scotland, and accompanied his parents to the Colony in the ship “Blenheim,” which page 1344 Charles Cameron arrived at Wellington on the last day of 1840. He first served with the Polynesian Company at Porirua, and was the means of saving lives, by receiving timely warning from some friendly Maoris of an intended massacre, of which he gave notice. He it was, too, who discovered a plot to murder Colonel Wakefield and his party, when on their way to Taranaki. Mr. Cameron was the first person to take a mob of 800 sheep and 200 head of cattle from Wellington to Wanganui, for the supply of the troops. After some hair-breadth escapes from the Maoris, by whom he was kept prisoner on one occasion for thirty-six hours, he reached Wanganui, and delivered over his stock complete. Mr. Camerou belongs to the clan which turned out so many brilliant soldiers in the latter part of last century and the beginning of this. At one time he was one of the largest landowners in the district. He married Miss McKinnon, and has two sons and three daughters.