Collector of the Year 2019
Meet our 2018 Junior Collector Cameron Jarvis, 11, whose passion is for all things turtle related
Junior Collector of the Year 2018 was 11-year-old Cameron Jarvis, who lives in Hempstead with his parents and younger sister Naomi. He is in Year 7 at Gad’s Hill School in Higham, which used to be the home of Charles Dickens.
Cameron has been collecting from a very young age (everything from fossils – including some impressive dinosaur examples – to gemstones, pin badges, toys and trading cards), inspired by a muchloved member of his family.
“My Papi in Canada has many collections as well and I have always enjoyed helping him find treasures when we are together.
His First and Second World
War collections are particularly impressive, and I especially like his crested china collection,” he says.
However, it was his collection of turtles that caught the judges’ eye. “My obsession with turtles and tortoises began when I was in Year 2 and my teacher read us Esio Trot by Roald Dahl, which is all about a tortoise called Alfie,” he explains.
“I’ve never been one to follow the trends and became obsessed with tortoises. I hoped to one day have one of my very own and on my eighth birthday my dream came true and I got my very own little shelled friend. I started to get given figurines, toys, shirts, bookends etc, all with tortoises on them.
“Now, I love to seek out different tortoises for my collection when I’m away on holiday, in gift shops and especially in antique shops.”
Cameron, who has only just started secondary school and particularly enjoys English and history, is a bit young to know about his future studies, but he does know how he would like to make a living.
“When I’m older I’d like to be an entrepreneur because I’m interested in being my own boss and hopefully making a lot of money!”
Outside of school and hunting out turtles for his prize collection, Cameron has been a Scout and taken karate lessons since he was five. He also has a new interest in cookery and hopes to take a course this summer.
He travels to Canada twice a year and to Florida every Easter, but back in Kent he enjoys lots of days out and walks with the family.
To his fellow young collectors, Cameron says: “If you have an interesting, unique collection with a story behind it, then I’d definitely recommend entering. It was easy to enter; the hard part was waiting to find out who the winner was!”
And fame awaits too: “The news of my win was covered by my school and two newspapers as well as Kent Life,” the youngster adds with pride.