John Cameron came from Scotland, arriving in Australia in 1853 at the age of 20. He married Elizabeth Munro Gunn on 16 August 1867 in Geelong. They were early settlers in Connewarre. Their children were:
William — born on 9 August 1869, married Louisa Ethel Challis on 31 January 1900 at Connewarre East, died on 9 May 1958 at Geelong
Annie — Born on 19 May 1868, married John Taylor on 16 November 1892, died in 1953 at Lismore
Catherine Ann Martin — born on 18 June 1871 at Connewarre, married Willie Hirst in 1901, died on 1 January 1965 at Geelong, buried in the Methodist section of the Geelong Eastern Cemetery
Malcolm — born on 27 July 1873, married Margaret Miller Fuller in 1902, died on 15 April 1934 aged 61 years, buried in the Presbyterian section of the Mount Duneed Cemetery
Elisabeth Ann Martin — born on 27 December 1875, married Robert Ewing Blyth in 1896, died in 1931 aged 55 years at Camperdown, buried in the Presbyterian section of the Mount Duneed Cemetery
John James — born on 13 April 1878 at Connewarre, married Helen Sarah Jane Fuller in 1912, died on 6 August 1946, buried in the Presbyterian section of the Geelong Eastern Cemetery
Flora — born on 3 February 1882, married George Henry Charles Fuller on 28 May 1913, died in 1976
George Alexander — born on 23 July 1884 at Connewarre, married Violet Maude Golightly on 27 May 1917, died on 23 September 1970 aged 86 years at Geelong, buried at Queenscliff Cemetery
Charlotte Amelia — born on 17 January 1887, died on 13 June 1909 aged 22 years of scarlet fever, buried in the Presbyterian section of the Mount Duneed Cemetery
John died on 18 December 1923 aged 90 years at the home of his daughter, Annie, at Camperdown and was buried in the Presbyterian section of the Mount Duneed Cemetery with Elizabeth who died on 23 August 1913 aged 68 years and daughter, Charlotte.
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In response to a letter drop in the Marshall area a new group, "Marshall Bluestone Cottage Community Group" has been formed, in an endeavour to save the cottage.
John Nicholas, son of Peter and Elizabeth (née Begley) McCann was born in 1851 at Geelong. He married Emma Hill in 1875. The couple had the following children:
Herbert William — born in 1876 at Ceres, married Mary Cecilia Hayes in 1913 at Melbourne, died on 8 April 1943
Sarah Elizabeth — born in 1877 at Ceres, married Alfred Pigdon in 1904 at Bellarine, died on 12 July 1950 at Geelong West
Clarence Newham — born in 1880 at Ceres, married Grace Marendaz in 1899, died on 4 September 1957 aged 77 years at Geelong, buried in the Independent section of the Geelong Western Public Cemetery
Gertie Eva — born in 1887 at Ceres, married Harold Charlton Webster in 1925, died in 1988 aged 100 years at Newcomb
Hilda May — born in 1890 at Ceres, married William Stanley Holt in 1922, died in 1973 at Ormond
John, with his father Peter, established quarries at Waurn Ponds and in 1888 cement works at Fyansford. John served as a Barrabool Shire councillor from 1887 until 1895 and from 1902 until 1905. His brother, Sydney Herbert (1872-1948), served for thirty four years from 1914 until his death in 1948, including nine terms as president. His grandson William S McCann served from 1972 until 1981. Ernest W McCann (1905-1985) son of Sydney Herbert, a farmer served in many positions of importance — on Geelong Harbor Trust, Pipelines Commission, Farmers' Federation, Rotary Governor.
John died on 7 May 1929 aged 77 years at Newtown and was buried in the Church of England section of the Geelong Western Public Cemetery. Emma died on 7 Mar 1934 aged 78 years at Geelong and was buried with him.
John Cowan Cochrane took over "Aitkenside" from John Clinnick in 1876 when it was offered for lease for five years. The property, originally purchased by William Robertson in 1840, was bought by John Aitken in 1847 for £1850, almost twice the original cost. It remained in the Aitken family, but was leased until 1922 when it was purchased by John Alexander, son of John Cowan Cochrane, who died in 1903, for his sons, John D and Joseph A. When the latter went to Western Australia, another son, Gavin McA, shared the running of "Aitkenside". He served as a councillor from 1949 until the his death in 1970, including one term as president. The farm became famous for its Border Leicester flocks, two of which were registered in the Flock Book for British Breeds of Sheep in Australia". — from Barrabool Land of the Magpie, map hangs on the wall at Belmont library
Donald, son of Hector and Euphemia (née McPhee) McLean, was born about 1797 at Morvin, Argyleshire in Scotland. He married Mary Cameron on 31 January 1833 in Scotland. The couple had two children born in Scotland, Donald born about 1835 and Jessie who was born on 7 February 1837. Another child was born at sea on their journey to Australia in 1839. They arrived on 28 February 1838 on the British King.
The couple's children born after their arrival were:
Alexander, Margaret, Mary Cameron, Robert Angus, Euphemia, Isabella and John.
Donald died of bronchitis and general debility aged 77 years on 2 January 1874 at Glenaldale* in Mount Moriac, near Waurn Ponds Creek and was buried in an unknown location at the Mount Moriac Cemetery. He left no real estate. His wife Mary, who inherited his personal estate, moved to Woolshed Lake, Boort soon after. Mary died of cardiac delatation and debility aged 86 years on 29 December 1897 at Boort and was buried at Boort Cemetery.
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