11R OCTAVIUS DIGBY,
It is with re^rot that we announce the death ot Mr Oetavius Digby, for many years past a resident of this County, who died afc 11 o'clock last evening. Mr Digby was born in the County of Essex, England, iv 1813, aud vith his brothers learnt ilia trade as a butcher in He arrived in New Zealand in 1863, and first visited Ashburton as a member of a survey partv His father (Mr John Digby) and brothers had settled in this County, near what is now known as Digby's bridge, and Mr O. Digby joined them in ] 868, for some time at"torwirds carrying on business in Ashburton, with his brothers, as a butcher, the farm holdings of the family being also worked at the same time. On the death of air John Digby, the brothers divided the property amongst them, Mr O. Digby taking the homestead block, at the bridge, where he has lived ever since. Mr Digby took a j great interest in sport, and was the owner of theweH-known trotting horses Marengo, Jena, and Josephine, as well as others. He also owned and ran coumng grey- | hound3. The deceased gentleman was well-known and respected throughout the whole of this county, and his death will be universally regretted. He leaves a widow, four daughters and three sons to mourn their loss. Mr Digby had been in rather poor health for the past two years, but hia death was painfully sudden. He was apparently quite well on Thursday, and was in town, but at 8 o'clock yesterday morning he had an apoplectic seizure and took to his bod, expiring at 11 o'clock last evening,
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OBITUARY., Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXII, Issue 6587, 3 June 1905
OBITUARY. Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXII, Issue 6587, 3 June 1905
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