Norman Cameron (politician)

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Norman Cameron
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Member of the Australian Parliament
for Tasmania
In office
29 March 1901 – 16 December 1903
Serving with Edward Braddon, Philip Fysh, King O'Malley, Frederick Piesse/William Hartnoll
Preceded by New seat
Succeeded by Division abolished
Member of the Australian Parliament
for Wilmot
In office
26 February 1904 – 12 December 1906
Preceded by Edward Braddon
Succeeded by Llewellyn Atkinson
Personal details
Born (1851-11-03)3 November 1851
Launceston, Tasmania
Died 17 February 1931(1931-02-17) (aged 79)
Chudleigh, Tasmania
Nationality Australian
Political party Free Trade (1901–06)
Independent (1906)
Relations Donald Cameron (father)
Cyril Cameron (brother)
Children Donald Keith Cameron
Alma mater St Andrews University
Occupation Sheepbreeder

Donald Norman Cameron (3 November 1851 – 17 February 1931), known as Norman Cameron, Australian politician, was born in Launceston, Tasmania, the son of Donald Cameron who served in the Tasmanian Legislative Council from 1868 to 1886.[1] He was sent to Scotland for his education and graduated from St Andrews University. Returning to Tasmania he became a large landowner and sheepbreeder. In 1897 he was elected to the Tasmanian House of Assembly, where he served until 1899.

At the 1901 federal election, Cameron was elected for the Free Trade Party as one of Tasmania's five members of the Australian House of Representatives, since Tasmania had not been divided into electoral divisions. At the 1903 election he contested the seat of Denison, but was defeated by the Protectionist candidate, Sir Philip Fysh. He returned to the House when he won a by-election in the seat of Wilmot in 1904, but he was again defeated at the 1906 election. He is remembered today for his part in the choice of national capital. The house was evenly divided, he effectively having the casting vote. After two weeks' prevarication he settled on Canberra.[2]

He then returned to Tasmanian politics, serving in the House of Assembly from 1912 to 1913 and again from 1925 to 1928. He died at Chudleigh of pneumonia following a fall.[3] He was survived by his wife, a daughter and two of his three sons. One son, Donald Keith Cameron, served in the Tasmanian House of Assembly from 1934–37.[4] His brother Cyril Cameron was a Protectionist Party Senator contemporaneously with his service as MHR, 1901–1903 then from 1906–1913.[5]


Parliament of Australia
New division Member for Tasmania
Served alongside: Braddon, Fysh, O'Malley, Piesse
Division abolished
Member for Tasmania
Served alongside: Braddon, Fysh, Hartnoll, O'Malley
Preceded by
Edward Braddon
Member for Wilmot
Succeeded by
Llewellyn Atkinson