~ William Thompson and Catherine Cameron ~

William and Anne Thompson (nee Cameron) were early residents of the Mickleham area and were married in 1854 in Cathedral Church of St. James in Melbourne, Victoria.  William came from Chepstow, Monmouthshire, Wales and Catherine Cameron came from Fort William, Invernesshire, Scotland. 

William was born 1834, son of William Thompson a labourer and Mary Williams.  William had been married prior to 1854 and had two children to his previous marriage his first wife deceased in 1853, one child being still alive at the time and one deceased.  Anne Cameron was the daughter of Ewen Cameron a mariner and Catherine Irvine.

At the time of marriage both their addresses were given as Little Bourke Street, William a mariner and Anne a general servant.  So they must have relocated to Mickleham sometime after 1854.  They had two daughters to the marriage Mary Anne Thompson born 1855 and Catherine Irvine Thompson born 1857, both born in Melbourne.

Tragedy seemed to follow the Thompson family as both their daughters died.   Mary Anne Thompson died on November 8th 1879 aged 24, not long after marrying Matthew Chambers in the Wesleyan Church in July 1879 at Brunswick, Matthew at the time was a labourer from Mickleham and both Matthew and Mary Ann gave their residences as Mickleham.  Mary Anne was buried in the Mickleham Cemetery.

Catherine Irvine Thompson, Mary Anne's sister was just 27 years old when she died in 1883 and also buried in the Mickleham Cemetery.  Her death certificate says she was an imbecile and an invalid.  Catherine died of consumption which she had suffered from three months prior to her death and had presented itself on and off for years beforehand.  Catherine was named after her Grandmother Catherine Ivine.

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