CAMERON Wedding & other Photos 1930s to 1960s

Below are the wedding photographs of the five children of Donald Duncan Cameron (1878-1941) and Isabella Allan (m.s. Brownlees) Cameron (1874-1958) of Woodnorth, Manitoba.

After the wedding photos are some other family photos from the 1940s and 1950s and a few miscellaneous items, letters, cards, etc.

Duncan Fyfe Cameron (1909-1977) married Mary Ann McKay (1905-2003) on  October 10, 1936 in Fort Garry, Manitoba
Wilfred Forsyth (1904-1977) married Sarah Short Cameron (1910-1992) on August 31, 1940 at Fort William, Ontario
Donald Ian Cameron (1912-1998) married Della Ileen Shoemaker (1912-2000) on July 9, 1941
Kenneth Brownlee Cameron (1914-2010) married Ruth Kirkpatrick [born Marjorie Barker] (1925-2014) on July 17, 1946
Leonard Allan Cameron (1917-1997) married Elizabeth Margaret Munro (1920-2010) on November 13, 1941


OTHER PHOTOS from the 1940s


Donald Ian Cameron (1912-1998) and Della Ileen Cameron (1912-2000) taken at The Chevron Studio in Victoria British Columbia. I think it operated from 1943-1950. Ian was in the Canadian Navy during World War II and was posted to Victoria for part of his time in the service.

Ian and Della Cameron in Victoria, B.C. during World War II.


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Ian Cameron (1912-1998) on a leave from the Navy with his mother Isabella (Brownlees) Cameron (1874-1958) at the farm at Woodnorth.

Ian and Della (nee Shoemaker) Cameron. Ian at Woodnorth on leave from the Canadian Navy – sometime between 1941 and 1945.

Below is a post card Ian sent to his mother, dated Sept 20, 1944, of his ship the HMCS Gananoque.



“D.I.Cameron v.40088 HMCS Ganonoque, c/o F.M.O, Halifax, N.S. Sept 20/44                   Dear Mother: Sorry I could not get back for harvest, but guess you are getting along as best you can. How is the wheat running this year? Have they got over the summer fallow again? If not it will be in pretty bad shape. How did you get over your trip to Wpg.? As ever, Ian”.  There is an interesting article in Wikipedia on the HMCS Ganonoque, a minesweeper built in Toronto and launched in April 1941. It served off the east coast of Canada as a convoy escort.


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Sarah (m.s. Cameron) Forsyth (1910-1992) and Wilfred Forsyth (1904-1977) in Ontario or Nova Scotia, approx. 1940-1942, before his regiment was sent to England in August 1942.

Wilfred Forsyth (1904-1977) on the second floor of the Eiffel Tower, Paris, Fall 1945 – after the War was over, waiting for his turn to be shipped home to Canada.
Kenneth Brownlee Cameron (1914-2005) taken about 1944.
Elizabeth (m.s. Munro) Cameron  (1920-2010) in the late 1930s or early 1940s
Duncan Fyfe Cameron (1909-1977). This picture is earlier than the others in this section – probably taken about 1928 when he was in Winnipeg for teacher training at Normal School.



Jessie (m.s. Mitchell) (1895-1980) and Robert Kirkpatrick (1891-1954) with their daughter Ruth (1925-2014) who married Ken Cameron (1914-2004). Photo courtesy of Robert Cameron.

IMG_0388.jpg   Wedding day of Ruth Kirkpatrick and Ken Cameron, 17 July 1946. Best man Ian Cameron at far right, matron of honour Mary (m.s. Mitchell) Matthewson at far left. Photo courtesy of their son Robert Cameron.


GRANDCHILDREN of Donald (1878-1941) and Isabella (1874-1958) Cameron of Woodnorth, Manitoba

Some early pictures of the fifteen Cameron grandchildren are below:

Allan Cameron – about 1942
Allan Cameron – Mid or  late 1940s.
Duncan & Mary Cameron’s family: Sharon and Allan Cameron in about 1953. (Photo courtesy of Sharon Cameron)
Sharon Cameron – April 1951 (photo courtesy of Sharon Cameron)
Gerry and Lylia Cameron – about 1947/48.


April 1948  – Pat Forsyth and Lylia Cameron


Len & Liz Cameron’s family: Gordon, Bud (Gerry), Lylia Cameron – about 1950. (Photo courtesy of Lylia [Cameron] Brown)
Della (m.s. Shoemaker) and Ian Cameron’s children – Doug, Jack, and Don – About 1949



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Douglas Cameron (1948 – 2016), taken the same day as the photo above, at his Shoemaker grandparents home in Virden, about 1949. (Photo courtesy of Keith and Brenda Cameron.)
Della & Ian Cameron’s family: Don, Keith, Karen, Doug, Jack, about 1953 or 1954(Photo courtesy of Brenda Cameron.)
The twins, Karen and Keith Cameron, about 1955/56. (Photo courtesy of Keith and Brenda Cameron)


Sarah (m.s Cameron) & Wilf Forsyth’s family: Pat & Pam- About 1951 at a photo studio in Virden.
Ruth (m.s. Kirkpatrick) & Ken Cameron’s sons, Robert & Murray Cameron – about 1949.
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Ruth and Ken Cameron’s family: Robert, Ferne, Murray – About 1951. (Photo courtesy of Robert Cameron)



At Woodnorth School – December 1957

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Robert Cameron – December 1957
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Ferne Cameron – December 1957
Murray Cameron- December 1957
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Keith Cameron – December 1957
Doug Cameron – December 1957
Jack Cameron – December 1957


Pam Forsyth December 1957 (grade 4)



Keith Cameron 1960  (photo courtesy of Keith and Brenda Cameron)




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Don Cameron 1960  (photo courtesy of Keith and Brenda Cameron)


The Cameron family of San Diego in the summer of 1960. Mary (m.s. McKay), Sharon, Allan, Duncan. (photo courtesy of Sharon Cameron)


Sharon Cameron in San Diego in 1962. (Photo courtesy of Sharon Cameron)



Ian Cameron (1912-1998) and Della (née Shoemaker) Cameron (1912-2000) and their children: Donald Duncan, John Robert (Jack), Douglas Garth, Karen Isabella and Keith Albert. Taken on the occasion of Jack Cameron’s wedding to Betty Lou White at Pope, Manitoba, September 30, 1967.



There are a few letters, cards, etc, from various members of the family, that I thought might also be of interest so am posting them here.

1969   Letter from Doug Cameron (1948-2016) in Australia to Sarah (1910-1992) and Wilf Forsyth (1904-1977).

At age 21, Doug and a friend took a working holiday to Australia. He sent this letter, postmarked 30 Nov 1969 in Melbourne, to his aunt and uncle in Woodnorth, Manitoba, describing part of his trip. It was a little later in this trip that he travelled to Tasmania and met his future wife, Jeanette Imms. Although it is very legible I have transcribed the letter further down the page for any readers who may have trouble reading cursive handwriting.





Transcription of the letter:

Nov 27, 1969, St. Kilda.  Hope you can read this mess!

Dear Sal and Maj,

Hope you are all fine. Dale, the guy I’m travelling with and I are. I thought I would write you a letter and let you know about our trip, as Dad isn’t out there to tell you. We had a wonderful trip over. The ship was beautiful but awful large. We were on it for 16 days and never had a dull minuite. They had a dance, show or something different to do every nite.

We spent one day in Hawaii, which we rented a car for. We drove over 100 miles and saw some of the most beautiful country I have ever seen. You would just have to be there to believe how gorgeous all the trees and flowers are. We also went surfing in the afternoon. Was that ever fun. The next stop we made was in Auckland. We went on a guided tour in the morning and what we saw of New Zealand was real great. In the afternoon we looked over the city and the food prices are real cheap. A t-bone steak in a restaurant cost $1.25 and is about the most expensive meal there.

Next we arrived in Sydney on Oct 13th. We found this city to be too large for us. We then bought a car and drove up the coast. We spent a couple days at Surfers’ Paradise, but it rained while we were there . We then decided to drive to Cairns and see the Great Barrier Reef. It’s about 1500 miles from Sydney. It took us about 3 weeks, so you can see we took our time and really looked over the countryside. We took a one-day tour out to the Reef which is really beautiful. The corals are very colourful, and so is Green Island. It’s a very small island, very thick with trees and flowers. We stayed in Cairns for 3 days but it was terribly hot and so we headed for a cooler climate. It was too dangerous driving on the opposite side of the road, so we sold our car and travelled to Melbourne by bus and train.

When we arrived in Melbourne we had travelled almost 4,000 miles around Australia. We were now almost broke so we moved into an apartment and started to work for Safeways. When we save some more money we are going up to Perth and Adelaide, around February we think.

I see I’m just about out of space so I will leave you my address, so you can send me a Christmas card: F7 – 14 Alma Road, St. Kilda, Victoria, Australia

In my last letter from home, mom told me the good news about Pat & Merv. I don’t know their address so you will have to congratulate them for me.

Love, Doug

p.s. Was their wedding in the middle of the World Series? [This is a little joke alluding to my Dad’s complaint that too many of our friends and family chose to get married in the Fall during baseball’s World Series, his favourite sporting event, meaning that he would have to miss seeing a game.]