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Mr. Donald Grant, Timaru, arrived back from London by the lonic. The Hon. T. Mackenzie was a passenger from Blenheim by the Takapuria early -this morning. The Re\. William Shirer returned from the General Assembly at Christ-, church this morning. Corporal M'Donald, of the New Zealand rifle team in Australia, came back to Wellington by the Moana this morn* ingAmongst the passengers from Sydney, by the Moana to-day was Mr. Wm.' „ Boyd, formerly secretary of tho W&N ' lington Trust and Loan Company. The estate of the late Mr. David Kirkcaldie, >one of the Railway Commissioners o*f New South Wales, has been sworn for probate purposes at £5395. His Excellency the Governor and Captain Shannon, .who have been attending the Marlborough Jubilee celebrations, returned from Bleeheim bvj . the Takapuna this morning. Mr. W. H. Millward, managing direc* tor of the Gear Meat Company, and Mrs. Millward, left Naples for Australia by the Orient • Company's new steamer Orsova on the 25th 01 last month. Mr. A. P. Cholmley, inspector of noxious weeds, has been transferred from Hawero. to N«w Plymouth. Hia position will be assumed by Mr. A. J. Glasson, formerly inspector of dairies in the Hawera district. Mr. R. Crawford, of the firm of whisky distillers of that name, arrived by the lonic on a visit to New Zealand.. Mr. Crawford, who is accompanied byi Mrs. Crawford and daughter, entertained the 128 children in. the third-class on the way out. Mr. Robert Holliday, of Wellington, who went, Home, last February, was a "passenger from Sydney by the Moana to-day. Mr. Willings, of the Railway Department, Wellington, who has been on a visit to Australia, also returned by the same boat. The Rev.' Dr. Nisbefc (First Church, Dunediri) is aboard the Moana (which arrived in port this morning), on his way home. Mi' Nisbet, who with his wife has been touring various parts of Australia since July last on a health trip,- returned much benefited by his holiday. Mr. John Rod, of Johnsonville, who went to s Sydney (via Auckland) a month ago, returned to Wellington by, the Moana to-day. The trip was undertaken for the benefit of his health, and he has come back to New Zealand feeling very much better than when he left for Australia. Among the passengers who arrived from South by the Maori this morning were the Hons.' J. Anstey, E. C. j. Stevens, and H. F. Wigram, M.L.o.'sj the Hon. T. Y. Duncan, Messrs, Russell, Ell, Rhodes, and Sidey, M.P.'s, and the Revs. Osborne, Mawson, Paterson, Gow, Hutson, Grant, Ward, Purcbas, Scott* and Williams. Mr. George Flux, headmaster of tho South Wellington- School, left for the North to-day by the Main T.runk exEress on a health-seeking trip, for which c 'has been granted two months' leave of absence by the Wellington Education Board. This is the first occasion, during his twenty-five years' connection, with the board, on which Mr. Flux has. sought leave. Mr. Philip Topliss, a member of the legal firm of Messrs. Fell and Atkinson, and a resident' of Nelson for thirty-fiva years, died in that Urtvn on Sunday last. The late Mr. Topliss was connected with H Battery for thirty-two years, and was provincial grandmaster of the local Oddfellows, and secretary of the Nelson Cricket Association. He leaves a widow and grown-up family. Mr. F. W. Frankland, the well-known actuary of Foxton, leaves on a business visit to America in December, returning in July. Ho will (states our Palmerston correspondent) be accompanied by Mrs. Frankland, and they will extend their tour to include England and the Continent. Mr. Frankland still has hopes of entering politics, and intends to contest the Manawatu seat at the general election. Mr. Morris "Fox, actuary of the New Zealand Government Insurance Department, who was sent to Vienna to represent New Zealand at the international conference of actuaries, came back to Wellington by the Moana this morning. At the conclusion of the conference he went on to London, and spent some time in djfferent parts of Great Britain. Amongst his fellowpassengers by the Orontes from England to Australia were Mr. W. L. Murdoch, the cricketer, and Mr. Wm. Anderson, well known in theatrical cir- » cles. Mrs. Fox accompanied her husband to London, but will remain in the Old Country until /Christmas. Yesterday afternoon, at Upper Hutt, the funeral took place of the late Mrs. Janet Brown — relict of the late Mr. George Brown. The deceased lady, who died on Friday last, at the age" of 88 years, was probably the oldest inhabitant of Upper Hutt— -if not of the whole valley. She had lived in the district " for the last 52 years. Born at Paisley (Scotland), Mrs. Brown, togethei with her husband and family, came to New Zealand in 1855, arriving in Wellington in the ship Newera. They first settled in the Porirua district, but after _ a residence of about two or^three years, they removed to Upper Hutt.. Mrs. Brown was of a retiring disposition. Her husband in the early days took a prominent part in local affairs. The deceased is survived by a family of five sons : —Messrs. James Brown (Pahiatua), George Brown (Pahiatua), Andrew Brown (Hawkes Bay), William Brown (Upper Hutt), and David Brown (Hawkes Bay). Her only daughter, Mra. Brechin, of Wanganui, predeceased hen some years ago. Besides her family, Mrs. Brown leaves twenty-two grandchildren and six great-grandchildren, U mourn their loss. Up till Borne twenty< two months ago, when she received a paralytic stroke, from which she never really recovered, the old lady had always enjoyed good health.

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PERSONAL MATTERS., Evening Post, Volume LXXVIII, Issue 108, 3 November 1909

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PERSONAL MATTERS. Evening Post, Volume LXXVIII, Issue 108, 3 November 1909