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PERSONAL.

« Sir Graham H. Graeme and Lady Graeme, who have been touring the Dominion, leave for Sydney this evening. The Rev. Father Ormond, of Gasborne, arrived in Auckland by .the Marama yesterday. He returns south this week. F. C. Tibbs returned by the Mokoia to-day, after an absence from Auckland extending over several years. He has been engaged in dental studies at the University of Pennsylvania and at Edinburgh. Mr. J. H. Syme, one of the proprietors of the Melbourne "Age," who has been visiting the Dominion, leaves for Sydneythis evening,, accompanied by Mrs Syme. I The Bishop of Waiapu held a farewell service at Rotorua on Sunday, and leaves for Whakatane on Tuesday, proceeding thence to Opotiki and Tauranga. Mr. and Mrs T. Cotter and Misses Cotter (2) leave by the Marama this evening for Sydney on their way to Europe, via Suez. They expect to return to Auckland about Christinas. Mr. Henry Brett, of Auckland, who is a delegate to the Imperial Press Conference, accompanied by Mrs Brett, leaves Auckland by the 5.5. Marama to-night for England, via Sydney and Vancouver. On Friday afturnoon Miss M. E. -"Hopper was the recipient of a beautiful present from the headmaster, teaching staff, and pupils of Grafton School. The presentation, -which was made by Mr. Burton, took the form of a solid silver afternoon tea set. Mr. George Femvick, of Dunedin, managing director of the Otago "Daily Times," is a passenger by the Marama this evening en route for Sydney, Vancouver and.. England, where he attends the Imperial Press Conference. He 15 accompanied by Mrs. Fenwick. The Rev. H. Gray Dixon, of Auckland, is a passenger by the Marama this even- I ing for Sydney en route for Warrnam- I bool (Victoria)) where he will attend the diamond jubilee of his former parish. Mr. Dixon was for ten years minister at VVarrnambool. It is expected that four surviving ministers of the parish will take part in the Communion service, and that the Prime Minister and probably the Chief Justice of Victoria will be present. The celebrations extend from April 4 to 11, after wliich Mr. Dixon returns to Auckland. ■ . The death is announced of Mr. Norman D. Mackay, lately first assistant master at the Grafton District School, He expired suddenly on Saturday morning at the residence of Mr. W. J. Dallen, of Epsom. Deceased, who had held his position for ten years, had recently resigned in order to make a world tour. His resignation caused universal regret, because of his high personal qualities and academic attainments. Mr. Mackay first complained of feeling unwell on Thursday, but, iii spite of all that medical skill could do, he became worse and passed away on Saturday. The body was taken to Waipu by the steamer leaving at midnight, the school committee being represented on the wharf. The deceased took great interest in all sport 3at the school, and was captain of the school cadets. His death is keenly felt by the children, and out of respect to his memory the school was closed for the day and the flag flown at half-mast. A telegram from Waipu states that the relatives received a wire to the effect that the cause of death was peritonitis, following on pneumonia and pleurisy. A large number of residents were present at the interment to pay their respects to the memory of the deceased.

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PERSONAL. Auckland Star, Volume XL, Issue 75, 29 March 1909

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