Cricket Victoria has received the sad news of the passing of Jack Cameron Jr last weekend, aged 93. Jack was a wonderful servant of the game, scoring for North Melbourne, Victoria and Australia as well as scoring for the ABC for many years. Like his father, Jack Cameron Senior, he was a member of the Cricket Victoria 200 Club.
Cricket Victoria extends sincere condolences to the Cameron family. We thank Greenvale Kangaroos (formerly North Melbourne CC) for the following information.
Jack Cameron Jr (1923-2017)
Jack joined NMCC in 1938 as a 15yo spin bowler from St. Josephs however an injury in his first season saw him scoring for the third eleven. He soon developed a love for statistics which followed him into his career with the Australian Tax Office. Jack soon moved up into scoring for the second eleven by the mid 1940's, a post he would occupy until 1970/71 when his father Jack Snr. (John L. Cameron) retired, opening the door for Jack Jnr. to move up to score for the first eleven one match into season 1970/71. At this stage of his career he had already scored for the Australian cricket team on the 1961 tour of England after his father had rejected the offer and told the ACB to select the second best scorer, his son. So Jack toured England with Richie Benaud's team. Jack had already scored for the state team for twenty years at that stage and so already had a reputation as a stats man. Jack remained as scorer for NMCC until 2002/03 season when he handed the reins over to Tony Chapman. By this time Jack had scored in excess of 1000 senior games, been awarded NMCC Life Membership, been inducted into the MCG Media Hall of Fame, received an OAM and worked for the ABC for fifty years.
The Cameron family boasts four club life members (John L. Cameron, John D. Cameron, Veronica Cavanagh and Arch Cavanagh), and its involvement with the North Melbourne Cricket Club dates back to 1938 when John L.‘Jack’ Cameron snr. became the club’s 1st XI scorer. Jack held the post until the 1970/71 season when he handed over the reins to son John D. Cameron (Jack jnr.). Jack snr. had also been scoring for the state team for over twenty years. Jack jnr. had been scoring for the club’s second eleven since the mid 1940’s by the time he took over from his father, and had already been on the 1961 Ashes tour as official ACB scorer. Veronica, Jack jnr’s. sister, married Arch Cavanagh, who became Secretary of the club for fifteen years. Veronica caused a ‘scandal’ in 1940 when she brought out the drinks for the players. In those days it was the duty of the twelfth man and not a job for a woman. Veronica had been serving cups of tea when the drinks became due. With no twelfth man in sight, Veronica and a colleague picked up the tray and waltzed out with the drinks. Veronica became the first woman in Australia to become elected life member of a cricket club.