(PIR PBESS ASBOOIA.TIOH.) Ohmstohttboh, Jane 51 David Olarkion, the prtnoipal In the firm of D. Oiarkson and Sons, wholesale merchants here; la reported to have died at Sydney to-day. [Mr Oiarkson «v a very old resident of Ohrißtohoroh. Many years ago he oarrled on a drapery business at Danotable Home, which ha aold to Mr Wm. Pratt m 1864. and wbloh !■ now the well koown Billantyoe'e. Be then went Home where he noted as buyer for many oolontal houses. Some y«ara later Mr Olarkion established himself m the wholesale drappty trade In London, and subsequently extended thU bmloeßß to Australia and New Zealand, vl'h warehouses m Ohriatcharoh,Daned!D, Melbourne, Sydney and other oltles, making • lonj? tour of the oolonfes for the purpose. After another visit to England, Mr Olarkeon returned to Aaatralia a few months bsok m order personally to inspect the *fft(rs of bis various oolonlal establishments ; and It was while on this tour that his dettb, wbloh was both sadden and unexpeoted, took pltoe. He leaves a large family, one of his sons, Mr A. S. Oiarkson, at preient managing the New Zealand business ; whilst another, Mr J . Oiarkson, Is In charge of the London house. The deceased gentleman was fall of enterprise, and bad a fi<m belief In the future of the colony. Indeed, It may ba said of him that he wa» a type of oolon'at which It 1« a calamity to lose, possessing as he did progressive Ideas, oonpled with a strong falih la the re•onroes of New Zealand m general and Canterbury In particular.
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