Dr. Malcolm Leslie Cameron was born in Middlesex County, Ontario in 1855. He was the 5th of 9 children born to Malcolm Cameron and the former Euphemia McLachlan. His parents were farmers and his siblings were; John, Elizabeth, Annie, Mary, Alexander, Jessie, Marion and Lilley.
According to the 1892 Ontario Medical Register, Dr. Cameron joined the Ontario College of Physicians and Surgeons on the 30th of November, 1882. His medical education was listed as “Cert British Registration 1882” and “Lic Royal College Physician and Surgeons Edin 1881”. His education is further documented in the 1898 New Zealand Gazette, “Bach. Med. Trin. Univ. Canada 1881”.
Dr. Cameron was known to be practicing medicine in Chatham in 1883 as his name appears on birth records and death records from 1883 through 1885. The 1885 Ontario Business Directory and Gazetteer listed Dr. Malcolm L. Cameron as a physician in Chatham with an office in the Merchants Bank Block.
Dr. Cameron emigrated to the community of Manning River in New South Wales, Queensland, Australia in 1885. He eventually moved to Grafton, New South Wales, Australia.
Dr. Cameron married Bertha Workman in Taree, New South Wales, Australia in 1889. Mrs. Cameron was born in England in 1869. She was the daughter of Josiah Workman and the former Eliza Davis. Prior to marrying Josiah Workman, Mrs. Cameron’s mother had been married Alexander Wilson Paul on the 7th of April, 1854 in London, England. Her mother had two children with Mr. Paul. Her sister Margaret Paul was born on the 12th of August, 1858 and her sister Ada Paul on the 10th of February, 1867. Alexander Wilson Paul died sometime during the first 3 months of 1868. Her mother married Josiah Workman on the 17th of September, 1868. Her father was a harness maker. The Workman family immigrated from England to New South Wales, Australia aboard the sailing ship “Jerusalem” in June of 1874. Mrs. Cameron’s mother Eliza, died in 1882 in New South Wales.
Dr. and Mrs. Cameron had 4 children. A son, Malcolm Ralph Workman Cameron was born in 1891 in Taree, a son Dudley Granville Sayer Cameron was born in 1893 in Wingham, New South Wales, a son Ronald J. D. Cameron was born in 1902 in Grafton, N.S.W. and a daughter Mary Bertha Cameron was born in 1906, also in Grafton.
Dr. Cameron’s nephew, Dr. Charles Cameron Bell (son of Judge Archibald Bell and the former Elizabeth Cameron) lived in Grafton from 1905 until 1908. Dr. Bell’s son Archibald MacDonald Bell was born in Grafton on the 20th of August, 1906.
According to the 1909 voters record, Dr. Cameron’s medical practice was located at Stephens and Vulture Street in Brisbane, Australia. His residence was located on Vulture Street.
Dr. Cameron died on the 28th of April, 1925. Mrs. Cameron died on the 24th of April, 1935. Dr. and Mrs. Cameron are buried at the South Brisbane Cemetery in Queensland, Australia.
*Dr. Cameron’s daughter, Mary Cameron married Brigadier General Thomas Graeme Gibson (Canadian Armed Services) in Toronto on the 7th of October, 1933. After their marriage the couple resided in London, Ontario.
**Dr. Cameron’s son Malcolm Ralph Workman Cameron served with the Australian Flying Corp during WWI. His son Dudley Granville Sayer Cameron also enlisted in WWI.
***Dr. Cameron’s sister Elizabeth Cameron married Judge Archibald Bell. Their son Dr. Charles Cameron Bell also appears on the Chatham-Kent Physician Tribute website. Dr. Cameron’s sister Mary Cameron married Dr. Daniel Mitchell. Dr. Mitchell appears on the Chatham-Kent Physician Tribute website.