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CAMERON, James (1923-2013)

CAMERON, James (1923-2013)

The Real Estate, Stock and Station Agent, James Cameron, was born at Terang on 19 January 1923 to parents James Cameron and Mary Ellen nee Brooks and was educated at Geelong College after being a student at Terang Higher Elementary School. He boarded at the College for two years from 1938 until December 1939. After College he worked with the wool brokers, Strachan & Co.

He enlisted in the RAAF on 8 September 1942 and carried out training on Oxford and Wellington aircraft at various sites across England. On his last training flight on 13 August 1944, before squadron posting, an engine failed at a crucial time during takeoff and his Wellington bomber crashed leaving him with severe burns. He spent 12 months recuperating and later served in a non-flying role with 26 Operational Training Unit until his discharge from the RAAF on 8 January 1946. After his service, he returned to the family agency business until his retirement from it in 1982.

He died at Abbeyfield House, Mortlake on 27 May 2013.

Sources: Affleck, James Geelong Collegians at the Second World War p144; Herald Sun (Melb) 28 May 2013; Ad Astra July 2014 p45. OGC 1936.
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