Cameron, Annette (1920-2008)

Also known as
Moore, Annette (1920-2008)
Field of activity
Political Activist; Social Activist; Feminist; Political Candidate
NLA Persistent Identifier
https://nla.gov.au/nla.party-771097

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Annette Cameron was born in Middle Swan WA in 1920. Her interest in politics was sparked by the Spanish Civil War, prompting her to join the Modern Women's Club, the Anti-Fascist League, and, in 1941, the Communist Party. She was an active campaigner for peace, human rights, and Aboriginal causes.

Annette Elizabeth Moore was born in 1920 in Middle Swan, Western Australia. Her family had helped develop the area; her great-grandfather's brother, George Fletcher Moore, had arrived from Ireland in 1830 and obtained a grant, which he called Millendon, on the Upper Swan. Annette's grandfather, William Dalgety Moore, had represented Fremantle in the colony's Legislative Council from August 1870 to May 1872, and in 1890-94 was a nominee in the first Legislative Council. Annette was educated in Perth, and gained a reputation as a rebel while attending St Hilda's Anglican School for Girls. Her interest in politics was aroused by the Spanish Civil War, and after attending meetings of the Modern Women's Club and joining the Anti-Fascist League, Cameron became a member of the Communist Party of Australia in 1941. She then moved to Sydney, worked in the Party offices, and began what was to be a lifelong friendship with Katharine Susannah Prichard. She was jailed for a short time after her arrest during a campaign supporting Indonesian independence from Dutch colonialism.

Annette moved back to Perth after the war, joining Sam Aarons, who she had met in Sydney. They had a son, Gerald, in 1949. In the late 1950s, when Sam was travelling in China and suffered a heart attack, the Chinese Authorities flew Annette and Gerald to China to be with him during his lengthy recuperation. Banquets were held in their honour, and Annette apparently made a lasting impression on Chairman Mao. According to Perth newspaper , he was so impressed by her 'beauty and intelligence' that he 'made it clear that a place was waiting for her as his consort.' The Aarons family returned to Australia after about a year, however, and resumed working for the Party. Sam Aarons died in 1971, and Annette later married Duncan Cameron.

Annette Cameron worked in many different capacities for the Communist Party, including painting political slogans and selling and . She was also active on a number of committees, attended countless meetings, addressed audiences on the Esplanade, and directed the campaigns of political candidates. She stood as a Communist Party candidate in State elections, for the Senate in 1955 and 1958, and for the House of Representatives in 1966.

In the 1960s, Annette was at the forefront of the Communist Party's anti-Vietnam War marches. At the Vietnam War Moratoriums, which attracted thousands of people, Annette and Duncan became leading activists at large-scale rallies and assisted young men who refused conscription. Annette and Duncan also campaigned actively for Aboriginal rights. Annette Cameron suffered from multiple sclerosis for thirty-five years, making the years following the death of Duncan in 2005 particularly difficult. She died at the age of eighty-eight in 2008.

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Australian Women's Register

  1. Cameron, Annette
    Published: National Foundation for Australian Women
    Series: IspartOf The Australian Women's Register
  2. Mao took shine to Perth 'red' activist
    Mendez, Torrance
    [2008]
    Series: IspartOf The West Australian
  3. An Index to Parliamentary Candidates in Western Australian Elections 1890-1989
    Black, David
    [Perth]
  4. Well read : a bibliography of Communist Party & other sources collected in Western Australia by Annette and Duncan Cameron
    Bosworth, Michal
    [Broadway, N.S.W.]
    Published: Search Foundation
  5. The first furrow
    Williams, Justina
    [Perth]
    Published: Lone Hand Press
  6. Cameron collection, 1919-1995 [manuscript]
    [4.64 m : 1919 - 1995]
    Series: State Library of Western Australia, J.S. Battye Library of West Australian History
    An significant part of the collection relates to communism, including the records of the West Australian Branch of the Communist Party of Australia which closed in 1991. Other papers concern women's issues, human rights, Eureka Youth League, civil liberties, Vietnam anti-war protests, world peace, disarmament, anti-nuclear campaign, Aboriginal issues, and China. Papers of individuals include Les Bloomfield, Kevin Healy, Paul Robeson, Joe Chamberlain, Bill and Dorothy Irwin, Paddy Troy, and Katherine Susannah Prichard. Also available as a published monograph entitled: Well read : a bibliography of Communist Party & other sources collected in Western Australia by Annette and Duncan Cameron / compiled by Michal Bosworth.
    MN 1504; ACC 4765A
  7. Records, 1938-1973 [manuscript]
    [3.38 m : 1938 - 1973]
    Series: State Library of Western Australia, J.S. Battye Library of West Australian History
    Annual reports (1954-1962); correspondence (1938-1973), including correspondence on International Women's Day (1938-1969); minutes (1961-1972), newsletters and subject files on social, moral and political topics e.g. equal pay, Wooroloo Hospital controversy ; file of documents and correspondence relating to the State Editorial Committee for "Our women" magazine; photographs. Records Annual reports (1954-1962); correspondence (1938-1973), including correspondence on International Women's Day (1938-1969); minutes (1961-1972), newsletters and subject files on social, moral and political topics e.g. equal pay, Wooroloo Hospital controversy ; file of documents and correspondence relating to the State Editorial Committee for "Our women" magazine; photographs. Includes eulogy, given by her daughter Olga on 15 May 1986, for Elsie Peders, a member of the Modern Women's Club and the Union of Australian Women.
    MN 331; ACC 1838A; ACC 5160A

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  1. IN the Supreme Court of New South Wales.—Probate Jurisdiction.—In the will of EMILY WALKER ANNETTE, late
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