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THE HERMIT OF MILFORD SOUND.

> 1 PASSING OP MR DONALD SUTHEBLAND. r 1 The Government steamer Hinemoa, • which arrived at AVcstport from the » West Coast Sounds on Friday, reportr ed having called at Mil ford Sound, " wlioro she found Mr Donald Sutherland , dead. His wife met the steamer. Ho I died of dropsy thirty days previously. Sho was quite alone, and the body had remained in tho house till the Hinemoa's arrival. The Hinemoa carriod threo guides from tho Bluff to clear tho To Anau-Milford track for tho opening of tho tourist traffic on December Ist. Tliev will inter the remains. Mrs Sutherland's experience was very moving during the period of waiting'for tho Hinemoa. Sho refused to leave, Captain Bollons vainly en- ! deavounng to persuado her. Suther- ' land was an old settler. Ho settled ' in Milford in the oarly seventies. Tho discovery of Sutherland Falls perpetu- | ates his memory. UraCIAL TO "TUB F8833."j DUNEDIN, November 29. Mr Donald Sutherland, of Milford Sound, whoso death is reported, was about 84 years of ago. He was a wellknown figure to tourists. Ho hailed frcm Wick, in tho north of Scotland. Ho came out to New Zealand as a young man and served in tho Maori War of tho sixties. TTien ho had a turn at tho Thames diggings. After that he camo south and started foseickin;; for gold in tho back country of Wcstland. Dodging about theso parts, ho stayed for a time at Jamestown, better known as Martin's Bay. From gold-hunting ho took to exploring, impelled to that life bv the beauty of tho wild country, and when he saw Milford Sound ho was so captivated by its grandeur that ho stayed there. Ho lived by himself on tho flat fit tho head of the Sound for 12 years, undertaking pioneering journeys. In ono of these ho discovered the world-fam-ous falls, which bear his name. On another expedition, in 1880, ho found the pass which has been named MeKinnon's Pass. Sutherland named it Balloon Pass, after the mountain by its side. On this trip ho enrnped at the spot, now known as Qtiinton's. Thirty years ago he married a In fly who was a widow. There are no children of tho marriafre. and tho deceased's only relatives in New Zealand are a at Invorearcill and a niece at Wellington, both married. For rnanv years lie acted as postmnster at Milford. nnd his I'lnse was tho «nly tilaf* of accommodation at tho Sound. Tt wns connectcd by telephone with Sandfly Point, tho northern ond of the "finest walk in tho world."

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THE HERMIT OF MILFORD SOUND., Press, Volume LV, Issue 16694, 1 December 1919

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THE HERMIT OF MILFORD SOUND. Press, Volume LV, Issue 16694, 1 December 1919

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