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Another well-known Peninsula randent in tbe person of William Whitfield, of Robinson g Bay, passed away on June 28. The iate Mr Whitfield was born in 1836 at Bristol, where he was educated and apprenticed to the Bhipwright trade. Alter Berviug his time with Patersons, shipbuilder?, be went to sea, joining the Navy in 1855. His ship was ordered to Sevastopol during the Crimean War, but when peace was proclaimed the squadron >eturned Home, and he was discharged. After a brief holiday he joined another man o'-war, which almost came to grief in the Bay of Biscay on its way out to South Africa. From there they were ordered to Bombay at the time of the Indian Mutiny. After that he obtained bis discharge and joined a merchant shir. Eailing for Sydney in the year 1859, where he worked for some time. When gold was discovered in 1861 in Otago, the late Mr Whitfield came to New Zealand, workiog at Dunstan and Waipori diggings. From there he came to Akaroa in 1862 in the Isabella Jackson. He helped to make tbe road through German Bay, % and form the streets of Akaroa. The* late Mr Whitfield was, a member and chairman of tbe Akaroa and Wainui Road Board for many years. He was also chairman of the Robineon's Bay Sohool Committee, and was chief organiser of the Peninsula Farmers' Association, of which be was treasurer. He was also a member of tbe Oddfellows' Lodge for about twenty five years, and served as Grand Master and trustee for the Lyttelton District. He was married in 1867, and his wife predeceased him some three years ago. He bad no children, but leaves an adopted daughter, Mrs 0. Marshall, of Robinson's Bay, at whose residence he passed away on Tuesday. The funeral of the late Mr Whit field took place yesterday, leaving Robinson's Bay about noon. A large cortege followed to the Presbyterian Cemetery, Akaroa, where'the Rev. J. W. Hay ward; read the burial service.

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OBITUARY., Akaroa Mail and Banks Peninsula Advertiser, Volume LXXII, Issue 4407, 26 June 1914

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OBITUARY. Akaroa Mail and Banks Peninsula Advertiser, Volume LXXII, Issue 4407, 26 June 1914

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