LATE MRS W. BRUCE.
A very large Dumber of Akaroa and Peni'sula residents paid their last re spects to tbe late Mrs Bruce, who died on Tuesday morning after a lengtbly illness. The family is well known and respeoted on tbe Peninsula, and Mrs Bruce herself was within one month of having spent 60 years at Akaroa. Deceased attained the age of 84, and bas enjoyed all her facul ties up to tbe last, taking a keen interest in all that was happening about her. Representatives from all the looal bodies on tbe Peninsula were present, including tbe Mayor and members of tbe Akaroa Borough Council. Tbe ceremony was per formed by Rev J. W. Hayward, de oeased being buried in tbe public cemetery, Aksroa, yesterday.
Mrs Brucp, who was a native of Dundee, came out to New Zealand with her husband, her father, Mr Donnet, and four sisters in the ship Caroline Agnes to Lyttelton in 1855. Tbe day after their arrival tbey came on to Akaroa totbeir uncle, Mr Jamei Bruoe, who was the original propietor of tho Bruoe Hotel After staying for Fome time in Akaroa Mr and Mrs Bruce lived at buvaucbelle Bay, where Mr Bruoe was an engineer, and became associated with Messrs Piper and Hodgson in running tbe Cumberland sawmill there. Later on Mr Bruce came back with his wife and family to Akaroa and bought tbe steam launch Pioneer, with which be traded to tbe bays around the harbour un'li bis death twenty three yeare ago Since then bis widow, tbe deceased lady resided in Akaroa. Hbe leavte five children out of a family of nine. Tbe sons are Mr John Donnett Bruce, who for several years has been chairman of the Akaroa County Council Mr William Bruce, a well known farmer in the Wanganui district, and Mr James Bruoe, a surveyor in the same district. Tbe daughters are Mrs R Anderson, of ESpringbank, and Mrs Leete, of Akaroa
The deceased lady, who was a fine typo of a Scotchwoman, was greatly esteemed by all neighbours for ber sterling qualities and kindly nature.
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FUNERAL., Akaroa Mail and Banks Peninsula Advertiser, Volume LXXV, Issue 3475, 16 July 1915