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Bob Cameron

Career : 1897
Debut : Inception Blue - Round 1, 1897 vs Fitzroy, aged 20 years, 5 days
Carlton Player No. 7
Games : 11
Goals : 1
Last Game : Round 14, 1897 vs Collingwood, aged 20 years, 83 days
Height : ?
Weight : ?
DOB : 3 May, 1877


1895 Cameron debuted for Carlton in the club's first match of the season against Geelong at Geelong on May 11, recruited from Ascot Vale.

Five days after his 20th birthday (on Saturday, May 8, 1897) Robert Miles Fletcher Cameron ran out onto the Brunswick Street Oval in Fitzroy, ready and willing to do battle for the Blues in the first-ever round of matches in the Victorian Football League. A strapping youngster from Merino in western Victoria, Cameron had already established himself as a competent follower-defender in Carlton’s VFA side, and was part-way through his studies for a degree in medicine at Melbourne University.

History shows that the Blues went down by 33 points to the Maroons, in a foretaste of the difficulties ahead over the next decade. In fact, Carlton was to be beaten five times in a row before celebrating our first VFL victory; achieved over St Kilda at the Junction Oval on June 19, 1897 - and only the Saints’ winless record saved Carlton from collecting a wooden spoon in our debut year.

Bob Cameron played eleven matches in that first season, mainly as a follower, but also at centre half-forward, centre half-back, and on one occasion, as a wingman. He sent through his only career goal at the Lake Oval against South Melbourne in round two, when the Blues put in one of their better efforts to get within four points of the home side.

Eventually, Collingwood topped off Carlton’s despair with another five-goal hiding in the final game of the year. Bob Cameron was one of eight Blues who took to the field against the Magpies, and then decided that they would not continue on with their VFL careers.

Almost two decades later, Bob had long since graduated and set up a general medical practice at Boulder, WA, when World War 1 began. He volunteered his services, and was fast-tracked into the Australian Army Medical Corps in time to undergo his baptism of fire during the Allied withdrawal from the Gallipoli peninsula in December, 1915.

Early in 1916, he was promoted to the rank of captain while serving amid the horrors of trench warfare on France’s Western Front. Partly because of the psychological effects of that experience, was posted back to Australia in August of that year. He passed away in 1960, aged 83.

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