Clan Cameron Association of New Zealand

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Donald Cameron of Lochiel XXVII Chief of Clan Cameron

Clan Cameron NZ is a association that allow Camerons and their relatives to keep in contact and possibly find new family that they never knew existed. Through our events we continue to celebrate our Scottish Heritage and share this with new members.

This website has information on the regional branches and how you can get involved. Also remember to like our page on Facebook.

For more information on the Clan Internationally visit http://www.clan-cameron.org/ and to find out if your a Cameron you can see all the septs here.






The idea of a Clan association in New Zealand was originally suggested by Colonel Sir Donald Walter Cameron, 25th Chief of Clan Cameron. Correspondence between Lochiel and Ian Cameron of Wairarapa led to a meeting aboard the Orient Liner S.S. Orama, in Wellington Harbour on 29th December 1935.  The Orama’s captain, Captain Evan P. Cameron, as the representative of Lochiel, said to the Camerons on board that:

“It was hoped … at least one thousand Australian and New Zealand Camerons attend a Rally at Achnacarry the following June, the Rally was to spread enthusiasm for the Clan spirit and therefore be a great force for peace.’

At this meeting four influential and enthusiastic Camerons laid the foundation of the New Zealand Association.

The four founders were Dr. Percy Cameron, Ian D. Cameron, P.M. Cameron and D.C. Cameron.  Dr. Percy was elected the first President, Hector Y. Cameron, Vice-President, P.M. Cameron Secretary and Treasurer and Ian D. Cameron Dominion Organiser.  Ian Cameron travelled throughout New Zealand, contacting Camerons and explaining the project.  Within twelve months, branches were established in Auckland, Hamilton, Palmerston North, Masterton, Wellington, Dunedin, Tauranga and Wanganui.  At this time 1,700 Camerons and their dependents had joined the association.
The onset of the Second World War led to a hiatus for Clan Cameron in New Zealand. In 1956, Ian Cameron attended a Gathering at Achnacarry and was asked by the 26th Chief, Donald Hamish Cameron, to look at reviving Clan Cameron in New Zealand. In a remarkably short time, due mainly to Ian Cameron’s enthusiasm, energy and organising ability, branches were reformed in most of the old centres.

By the time of Lochiel and Lady Cameron’s visit to New Zealand in 1969, there were upwards of 2,700 members across the country.
In the 1980s, the association in New Zealand continued to flourish. The Clan celebrated 50 years of the Clan Cameron Association in New Zealand at their 20th Annual Conference in Tauranga in September 1985.

In 1989, twenty New Zealand members travelled to the Clan Rally at Achnacarry for Lochiel and Lady Margaret’s 50th wedding anniversary. Donald Cameron, New Zealand Commissioner, presented a sheepskin rug and an illuminated address from New Zealand members to Lochiel and Lady Margaret.

The First Light Exchange was established by Clan Cameron New Zealand in 1997.  This exchange enables young New Zealand Camerons to spend time working in Scotland while Scottish members are hosted in New Zealand.  The first exchanges took place in 2000, with Astie Cameron from Lochaber travelling to New Zealand, and 2001, with Shona Cameron from Auckland travelling to Lochaber where she helped organise the 2001 Gathering at Achnacarry.

Clan Cameron New Zealand proudly hosted the International Clan Cameron Gathering at St Kentigern College in Auckland in February 2004. This was the first time an International Gathering has been held outside Scotland. Visitors from Scotland, England, Australia and the USA joined hundreds of New Zealand members at the gathering. Leading the visitors at the opening traditional Maori powhiri was Colonel Charles Cameron, Lochiel’s official representative.

Clan Cameron New Zealand continues to flourish in the 21st century with branches in Auckland, Bay of Plenty, Gisborne, Manawatu, Iar (Taranaki/Wanganui), Wellington/Wairarapa, Hawkes Bay and Canterbury.

Presidents of Clan Cameron New Zealand

Percy D. Cameron OBE                   1935 – 1939
Ian Donald Cameron MBE OBE JP    1959 – 1983
Donald Robert Cameron                 1984 – 1991
Matthew Harold Cameron MBE JP     1991 – 1997
Maisie Earle OBE MBE                     1997 – 2001
K. Neil Cameron MBE                      2002 – 2006
Denis H. Cameron                          2006 – 2011
Fraser Cameron                             2011 – 2015
Nick Cameron                                2015 –

Life Members of Clan Cameron New Zealand

Dr Percy Cameron        Wellington
Stuart P. Cameron        Otago
Major Frank V. A. Marton    Bay of Plenty
Donald A. Thompson        Manawatu
Charles A. Cameron        Bay of Plenty
Douglas Cameron        Wanganui
James Q. Cameron        Manawatu
Alexander J. Cameron        Otago
John Cameron            Wellington
Frances M. Cameron        Wairarapa
Cath Cordes            Otago
Jane Tobin            Otago
Rodney Cameron        Wanganui
Lulu Cameron            Otago
R. Bruce Cameron        Wellington/Wairarapa
Donald R. Cameron        Wellington/Wairarapa
Denis H. Cameron        Bay of Plenty
Graeme L. Cameron        Wellington/Wairarapa
Dr Maisie Earle OBE MBE    Manawatu
Dorothy Cameron-Gavin    Auckland
Audrey Rosoman        Bay of Plenty
M. Harold Cameron MBE    Bay of Plenty
K. Neil Cameron MBE           Auckland
Fraser Cameron                 Bay of Plenty

National Committee

Hereditary Chief and Captain of Clan Cameron
Donald Angus Cameron of Lochiel,
Lord Lieutenant of Inverness,
Achnacarry, Spean Bridge,
Imverness-shire, Scotland. PH34 4ES

New Zealand President and Commissioner
Nick Cameron
322 Auchenflower Road, RD 1 Darfield 7571
Ph 027 232 6664

Tanya Cameron
97B McGarvey Rd, Whakatane 3120
Ph 027 293 5603

Alison Jordan
4 Nelson Avenue, Surfdale, Waiheke Island 1081
Ph 027 525 4766

Genealogist and Historian
David Weston
14 Tanguru Street, Whanganui East, Whanganui 4500
Ph (06) 343 2539

First Light Exchange Convenor
Bryan Haggitt
96A Lucerne Road, Remuera, Auckland 1050
Ph 09 524 5254

Magazine Editor
Neil Cameron,
28 Oxford Terrace, Devonport, Auckland 0624
Ph (09) 446 1177

Facebook/WebSite Convenor
Tanya Cameron
97B McGarvey Rd, Whakatane 3120
Ph 027 293 5603