EIGHRY YEARS COLONIST.
MR. F. W. MATTHEWS.
MAX OF STERLING WORTH
One of the must highly respected old residents of Auckland. Mr. Frederick William Matthews, died yesterday at his home, Emma Street. Mount Roskill. He had attained the age of S2 years, and of that period four-score were spent in the Auckland district. He was a son of the late Mr. F. E. Matthew;, of tne Royal Engineers, and was born at Hongkong. Coming to Auckland with his parents when almost an infant, Mr. Matthews had lived to see the small village of IS4S, develop into the fine city of to-day. His father superintended the building of the wall round the Albert Barracks, and erected a small pier on the water front, just below the Victoria Arcade, to land the material. When piles were being driven in Queen Street for the foundation of the lines for the Auckland tramways, this stone pier upset the calculations of the engineer, who could not understand why ho had suddenly encountered stone in the mud. A son of Mr. E. Matthews, sen., who was standing by, said that the pile had struck the pier his father put up on the banks of Ligar Canal in the earlv da vs.
Mr. F. W. Matthews was educated at the Auckland Academy, conducted by the late Mr. John Gorrfe, and in IBOS entered the service of Mr. W. Morrin, with whom he remained for teu years! He next joined the staff of Messrs. Brown and Campbell, and in 1878 was given charge of that firm's sawmilling business in the Wairoa. He left that position in 1888, and was appointed manager for Messrs. Brown and Campbell at Mangawhare, where he remained until 1893. He then settled at Tatarariki, and was the first to put down an artesian well in that district. Mr. Matthews was chairman of the Hobson County Council for seven years. Mr. Matthews had throughout his long life been an active church worker, his labours not being restricted to anv particular creed. He belonged to the Independent Chapel in Albert Street, which later developed into tne Congregational Church in Beresford Street. While he was away in the North, Mr. Matthews was a local preacher for the Wesleyan Church, also superintendent of Sunday Schools, both Anglican and Wesleyan, as well as organist at the churches of both denominations. For juany years Mr. Matthews was superintendent of the Beresford Street Sunday School, and his final act in connection with it, was to lay the foundation stone of the new building last Saturday afternoon. He was also the senior deacon of Beresford Street Church.
Deceased is survived by Mrs. Matthews, a daughter of the late Mr. Alexander Black, who was present at the founding of Auckland by Governor Hobson. Mr. Matthews is also survived by three sons and two daughters.
MRS. M. B. MOIR,
COLONIST FOR 61 YEARS,
A resident of Auckland for the last 61 years, Mrs. Margaret Beaumont Moir died yesterday, aged 93 years. Born at Listudor, County Down, Ireland, she came to Auckland with her mother and sisters by the ship Silver Eagle in 1866. She was married to the late Mr. James Moir in 1579. For some years prior to her death Mrs. Moir lived with her onlv son, Mr. E. J. Moir, of Remucra. Deceased was a sister of Mrs. Eleanor Carlaw, of Ponsonby, and the late Mrs. J. Geddis. Mrs. Moir was much esteemed by all who knew her.
MR. A. KEMPT.
Mr. Alexander Kempt, aged 94, the oldest settler in Waipu, d?ed at' his home, in "The Braigh," Waipu, last night. He enjoyed his usual state of health up to two days ago. He leaves three daughters and two sons.
MRS. C. FRASER,
AGED WHAKATANE RESIDENT,
At the age of 91 year?. Mrs. Christina Fraser died on Wednesday at the residence of her son, Waimana Road, Whakatane. She was bom at Fenwick! Scotland, and arrived in New Zealand with her husband, three sons and four daughters in 1875. They settled at Wellington, but later were farming at Taranaki. Mr. Fraser died some years ago, and Mrs. Fraser went to Whakatane to live with her sons, Arthur and Robert. There are 30 grandchildren and greatgrandchildren.
MR. WILLIAM GALE.
A MATAMATA PIONEER.
The death of a pioneer of the Matamata district, Mr. William Gale, occurred at Hinuera on Wednesday at the age of 66 years. He came to New Zealand about 40 years ago, and settled at Cheviot. Later he took up a farm at Hinuera, when that district was in a very rough state. In 1905 he was successful in the ballot for a town section at Matamata, where he started in business. For the last 12 months, Mr. G. Gale had been suffering from an luterna] complaint. Recently ho returned from a trip taken to Norfolk Island for health reasons. Mr. Gale was a public-spirited man, and supported practically every organisation he considered for the benefit of the district. At the time of his death, he was vice-president of the bowlinjr club, and a member of the Racing Club. Mrs. ftale died many years ago. Mrs. C. J. Fisher, of Hinuera, is a sister of Mr. Gale,