Mary May Grenier
(b. 3 June 1871) was the elder of the two daughters of
George Alexander and Sarah Mary Agnes (née Greenwood)
Grenier and the grand-daughter of Thomas and Mary (née
Pannell) Grenier. The following list establishes her
place in the family: Thomas Leichhardt (b. 10 October
1864; d. 5 January 1927), unnamed male (b. 26 February
1866; d. 4 March 1866), George Alexander Jr (b. 20 March
1867; d. 7 August 1924), James Franklin (b. 31 January
1869; d. 6 April 1935), Mary May (b. 3 June 1871; d 22
July 1946), Sarah Lily (b. 22 November 1873; d. 19
September 1928), Ernest Pannell (b. 4 April 1876; d. 26
November 1943), William Pannell (b. 29 July 1878; d. 9
December 1958) and Reginald Courtenay (b. 27 February
1882; d. 3 November 1948).
May Cameron worked in hotels and boarding-houses and for
some years acted as housekeeper for the old and
prestigious Queensland Club in Alice Street, Brisbane.
After the death of her sister, Sarah Lily, who was a
qualified nurse, she cared for the latter’s husband, Dr
Robert Wallace (b. Glasgow 21 September 1876; d.
Brisbane 2 November 1936), for about three years and
later looked after Ellen Pauline (Girlie) Appleby (her
first cousin once removed who was expecting a child) and
her four daughters at Lonsdale, Terrace Street, Toowong.
Ever generous, she also nursed her mother for a few
months before her death at the age of 78 on 27 May 1924.
At that time May was living at ‘Gloucester’ in Russell
Street, South Brisbane.
Mary May Grenier married Donald Stuart Cameron,
the son of William Cecil and Jane (née Poole) Cameron,
on 29 June 1899. They had no children. He died on 30
November 1937 and was cremated on next day at the Mount
May passed away in the Goondiwindi District Hospital on
19 July 1946 and three days later, following a Roman
Catholic service in the Mary Immaculate Church,
Annerley, was buried in the Cooper’s Plains Cemetery.
Those present in an official capacity at the committal
were: CH Cripps (undertaker), Father Cecil W Shand, and
G Hughson and JK Armstrong (witnesses).