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Mr John Duncan's leave 6f absence granted by the Land Board on Wednesday was for two, nob for twelve months. Mr Robert Davidson and his wife, residents of the Leith Yalley for over a quarter of a century, celebrated their golden wedding at Woodhaugh on Saturday last, when their children and children's children to the number of nearly fifty attended to do .. honor to the aged couple and presented Mrs Davidson with a purse of sovereigns. .Mr Davidson has been in the timber trade for about sixty years. He and his wife are still hale and, hearty, and were able to take an active part in the festivities of the day. This week Mr John Harker, an old Canterbury settler, passed away at the age of sixty-one years. He arrived at Lyttelton in the Regina in December. 1859, and .proceeded to Kaiapoi, afterwards removing to Christehuroh.

Mr William York, who died in Wanganui on Saturday last, was a builder, and assisted in the erection of the Government Buildings and the Parliamentary Library in Wellington, and, back in the "fifties,'.'helped to build the first railway stationin New South Wales.

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PERSONAL., Issue 10434, 1 October 1897

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PERSONAL. Issue 10434, 1 October 1897

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