Newspaper article The Queensland Times (Ipswich, Australia)

A Man of Many Talents; Magistrate Served on Council before Achieving Legal Post

Newspaper article The Queensland Times (Ipswich, Australia)

A Man of Many Talents; Magistrate Served on Council before Achieving Legal Post

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Byline: Times Past with Beryl Johnston

PEARSON Welsby Cameron died in August 1924. Mr Cameron had been born at Cooneana, Blackstone on May 27, 1870 and had the honour in 1917 of having been the first chief magistrate of the City of Greater Ipswich.

After his early education at the East Ipswich State School, he then attended the Ipswich Boys Grammar School.

At 17, Mr Cameron entered the office of his father, who conducted the auctioneering firm of Messrs Hughes and Cameron in Nicholas St, Ipswich.

He was also interested in local government and was elected a councillor in the Brassall Shire Council.

After the death of his father in 1912, he was nominated and elected for No.3 division in the Bundanba Shire Council.

Mr Cameron had musical abilities and was the organist in the North Ipswich Congregational Church and often played at St Paul's Church of England.

He was survived by his mother, his widow, two sisters and one brother.

A golden hoax

There was a arusha to the Warrill Creek gold diggings just about the time of the Gympie gold field at the end of 1868.

The site of the Warrill Creek alleged gold discovery was on part of Dr Dorsey's land, not far from the Dick family's selection.

Mr Dick watched the proceedings (the result of the hoax), instituted by an old gold prospector who had some specks of alluvial gold in his possession which he cleverly utilised while acradlinga the dirt at Warrill Creek.

For a time, this discovery was an all-engrossing topic in Ipswich, where handbills were circulated notifying that vehicles would ply from Ipswich to the diggings.

At different times there were hundreds at the spot trying their luck and among the many Ipswichians were Alfred Foote and Mr J C Carter.

Eventually the agold diggingsa fizzled out and Mr Dick stated ait was amusing to watch the people working in the so-called gold diggingsa.

Workers sought

AN advertisement which appeared in the Engineer, an English paper, on January 20, 1865 read:

aThe following staff is required immediately by the Queensland Government for the Southern and Western Railway, 120 miles in length, of which the first section of 21 miles will be ready for opening on 1st June next a Traffic Manager, Locomotive and Rolling Stock Superintendent, Station Master, Accountant, two Railway Clerks, two Head Porters and two Signalmen. …

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