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Ewen and Maria were married at
Inverscaddle in Kilmallie Parish, Argyle on 28 February 1811. (Probably Iververscaddle Bay where there use to be a small chapple)
Their children were christened variously in either Kilmallie parish or Ballachulish or Corran of Ardgour, according to the Old Parish Registers.
Ewen Cameron, with Maria and eleven of their twelve children arrived in Wellington on the Blenheim in 1840, and lived at "Kaiwharra", the settlement at the mouth of the Kaiwharawhara Stream.
There's quite a lot of published information in New Zealand Company sources about the Blenheim and her passengers, who were supposed to be young labourers, recruited in the Highlands and Islands to work on the roads and buildings in the new settlement.
Because the recruiting agent had difficulty filling the ship, and perhaps because of some nepotism, a number of skilled trades-people and craftsmen, some of them no longer young, were among the passengers. Ewen's age is given as 50, though he was in fact 56,the oldest passenger, and well above the desired age for the Blenheim immigrants. It may well have been his large family of daughters, prospective servants and wives that made him an attractive immigrant ! !
Presumably unlike his fellows, as a tailor he did not have to set to work to build the road round the Harbour from Wellington to the Hutt Valley.
The settlers lived initially in a large, nikau barracks at the mouth of the stream, built perhaps by Mäori from the village on the south of the stream mouth, which was drawn in some detail by G F Angas in 1844. Later, the Scots built houses around the stream mouth - I haven't located a map that would show where Ewen lived or where he fell.
There were seven CAMERON families on the Blenheim, presumably loosely related, since they all came from Argyll in the same part of Scotland. Until the 1970s there were Camerons living in an old house at Kaiwharawhara that was built in the 1840s, though they were not descendants of Ewen.
However, Ewen did not live long in the new country: He died from the effects of a fall.
|NZ Spectator & Cooks Strait Guardian, 9 December 1848|
Wednesday December 6th,
Mr Ewen Cameron, Tailor of Kaiwarra.
A fatal accident occurred on Wednesday last to Mr Ewen Cameron, who resided on the road to Kaiwarra.
On his return home about eight o'clock in the evening, in walking too near the edge of the steep or gulley in front of his house, his foot unfortunately slipped, and he fell head foremost, and his head striking a projecting piece of rock he was killed on the spot. The body was discovered by his family the next morning lying in the ravine. An inquest was held on the body by Dr Fitzgerald the Coroner yesterday, when a verdict of Accidental Death was returned.
The deceased was very much and deservedly respected as an honest man and an industrious settler, and had brought up a very numerous family with great credit and propriety.
|NZ Spectator and Cook's Straits Guardian, 22nd November 1845|
Married, on the 17th November instant,
Mr Alexander Alison, formerly of Inverness, Shipwright,
now of H M Colonial Brig "Victoria",
to Jane, third daughter of Mr Ewen Cameron,
formerly of Ardgour, Argyleshire.
Donald Cameron 52 Labourer From Trishilaig Mary 40 wife (McPherson) Janet 26 Dairymaid John 24 Quarrier Allan 22 Quarrier Donald 20 Shoemaker Duncan 18 Shepherd Ewen 17 Plougman Alexander 15 Cowherd James 14 Cowherd Ann 12 George 9
"This man and his family have been knowen to me all my life
& are a very industrious family.
The same remark applies to his brother and his family who is next to him but one on the list, they have besides excellent references."
Trisliag, modern spelling, a small hamlet along the west shore
of Loch Eil opposite Fort William.
Inverscaddle Bay is some 5 miles to the south.
1845 Wellington voters list Cameron, Robert, Thorndon flat, Ropemaker. " Cameron, Peter, Pipitea, Engineer. • Cameron, Allan, Kai warra road, cow-keeper. Cameron, Donald, Kai warra road, Shoemaker. Cameron, Donald jun., Kai warra road, Labourer. i ' Cameron, Allan, Kai warra road, Labourer. Cameron, John; Kai warra road, Labourer. Cameron, Duncan, Kai warra road, Labourer. Cameron, Hugh, " Kai warra road, Tailor. Cameron, Donald, Kai warra warra, Labourer.. Cameron, Dugald, Kai wavra warra, Labourer. f Cameron, John, Petoni road, Labourer. Cameron, John jun., Petoni road, Labourer. Cameron, Angus, Petoni road, Labourer. Cameron Charles, Petoni road, Labourer. Cameron, Duncan, Petoni road, Labourer. 1847 Allan kiawarra rd cowkeeper Donald kiawarra labourer Donald jnr. lamberton quay shoemaker Charles kiawarra rd labourer
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