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Twelve grandsons attended the funeral of Mr John Augustus Mason at the. TTntt. Deceased, who was 84 years of age, arrived in New Zealand by the ship Indian Queen in the early fifties. lie, settled at the Hutt. and was for II \enrs a lieutenant in the rifle volunteers, lie was in his earlier years an enthusiastic, cricketer.

Shand is ,i widespread name in Olago. ami some of our younger people, reading of the dcatli of Mr William Shand. at his residence in Manor place yesterday, may be asking as to -which branch of the familv he, belonged, to. Our older settlors, of (■curse, knew him well. Three brothers Shand rame toOtago in the, early days. The first, to arrive was Mr George' Shand, who s-ettled in the Taiori. Then'ca-mo Mr .fames Shand and his wife. Mrs Barbaia Shand. They were passengers bv th-: Phrebe Dunbar, and reached Otago in 1850, setllirg in Green Island. The third brother to cane, out was a baker by trade, who brought money and bought up large aieas of the Taieri Plain, chiefly in the West Taieri. and could afford to wait until this land, previously neglected as wet. beeaiiiO valuable. The Ja.nies Shand who emigrat--d in 1850 was the father of three sons, who vvre. youngsters at the time, of coming' to Oiago. The eldest of Ihe.w three sons was the Mr James Shand who bicame famous as a farmer on a big seal..' at the Taieii; the youngest was Mr John Shand. who settled at Winton. Coming belwei n these two in point of age v.a.s tic William Shand who died yesterday. Ho fettled down to farming, and became the owner of Keith Hall, near Allanton, wheie he. resided until about IB months or two years ago. when he leased the property to Mr J. T. Ximmo. He married a daughter of Mr John Duncan, of Cherry Fane, Wa.ikouaiti. and there were two chihhm of the marriage. Cue daughter now surviving as company for her mother. The deceased w;i* a good farmer, ami wi'l b.» remembered as an old-time member of the Otago Jhist-ars. For some time pa>i he haul not. very good health; but hj" \ia- not long '.onlinerl to his house. A pleasant gathering of the employees of Mes-rs Arthur liarnett. Ltd.. took n'laeon Saturday afternoon, the- occasion being a presentation to Miss I!. Weir as a wedding .gift. Mr I'arnctt. in a typical and happy speech, made the. presentation of a copper vase from the employees ami a marble clock from the firm. Mr Robinson endorsed the remarks and kindly s>-nti-nv.wns made by Mr Barncit. Mr Smith suitably responded on behalf of the reelpleat. '

At the Queen Carnival concert at Purakanui the chairman, on behalf of the residents of the district, presented Mr D. Millar, who has enlisted for active service, with a. wristlet watch and a set of military bru-hes. The presents were accompanied by the expression of hearty good wNies, to which the recipient responded in suitable terms.

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PERSONAL, Evening Star, Issue 15829, 14 June 1915

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PERSONAL Evening Star, Issue 15829, 14 June 1915