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OBITUARY.

In our obituary columns will be found recorded the death of one who was once well known in Auckland, namely, Mr. G. C. Fitzgibbon, surveyor. Deceased was the son of Mr. J. J. Fitzgibbon, for many years postmaster at Auckland, and latterly at the Th.iir.es. Mr. Fitzgibbon was a surveyor by profession, and was for a considerable time at the Thames, and afterwards at Taranaki and the West Coast. Some years ago, while travelling from Taranaki to Wellington, he was thrown from his horse and severely kicked on the face. ilr. Fitzgibbon has been for some time in the hospital, suffering from

consumption. Mr. William Davies, who has just died at the Thames, is an old Auckland settler, having been resident for many years at OneOn the opening of the Thames goldfielJ, he went down there, and ojjened a store in Grahamstown. He took an active part in local affairs, and was for a term Mayor oi the borough. Subsequently he gave up business, and was appointed Harbourmaster. Mr. Davies was much respected. Our Mangonui correspondent writes : — I have to record the decease of the Rev. C. B. Dunn. The rev. gentleman had been a resident in this county for twenty years. For the last three years, he has not taken an active part in church affairs, but previous to that he officiated in St. Andrew's, in Mangonui, for a number of years. For some time past he was unable to leave his bed, and though suffering no pain, it was evident his end was near. He died on Friday 29th of December, ISS2, at the residence of his daughter, Mrs. S. Campbell, in the 85th year of his age.

Mr. R. J. DeLias, proprietor of the Theatre Royal, died on the 6th January, after a long aud painful illness, extending over a twelvemonth, at the comparatively early age of 52. He has been resident here for a considerable number of years, being most of the time engaged in theatrical business, first as lessee of the Prince of WaUfi Theatre, and afterwards as proprietor cf the Theatre Royal, during which period he has introduced a number of theatrical and operatic companies. He was a native of France, of Hebrew origin, and prior to his arrival here had carried on an extensive business m New York, becoming naturalised as an American citizen. During his residence here he acquired considerable property, and being a man of good business capacity and shrewdness, his speculations were generally successful. The funeral took place yesterday, when his remains were followed to his last resting place by a number of the citizens and members of the theatrical profession.

Considerable surprise and regret was expressed in town on January 4 when the tidings of the sudden death of Captain Symonds, of Onehungi, on the previous night became generally known. It appear that on Wednesday night about 9 o'clock he felt some symptoms like those of heartburn, but did not feel seriously iudisposed. Some members of his family were desirous of sending for hfs son-in-law, Dr. Scott, but a3 he did not feel very unwell He thought it unnecessary. Shortly afterwards, however, Captain Symonds got worse, and they sent for the doctor, but before his arrival the ailing gentleman was dead, his illness having lasted little more than half-an-hour. Dr. Scott was quite satisfied that the of death was heart disease, and in consequence Dr. Philson decided that it was unnecessary to hold an inquest. Captain Syinonds was a very old settler, having arrived in New Zealand in 1542 with his elder brother, who waß afterwards drowned in the Mauukau under very distressing circumstances, while engaged in carrying out a mission of humanity. He was at one time acting as sub-Protector of Aborigines, and was ulso engaged in the survey and purchase of native lands for the Crown. During the Heke war he volunteered into H-M. 99th, •vhen he received his commission, afterwards exchanging into the Ceylon Rifles, when he got a stall appointment. He went Homo, and retiring from the army, got a staff appointment in the New Zealand Fencibles, coining out with the company allocated to Onehunga, undo- Major Kenny. In 1860, Captain Symonds represented the Pensioner Settlements in the General Assembly. For many years he acted as .Resident Magistrate at Oueliunga, and subsequently at Kaipara. Latterly he had been fulfilling the duties of a Judge of the Native Lands Court, hut within the last few months had resigned. His family are all grown up and ?£ ar ly all married, and comfortably settled, ihs son is an officer in the Auckland Telegraph Department. Deceased was a brother Admiral Sir William Symonds, who was for some time Chief Constructor of the ■British Navy. The flags at Russell, on January 17, were Eying half-mast on account of the death of a Ptiin Irving, sen., aged 88 years. He waa a fflost active man to within a few months Sj <jis death, and was a very old settler. a leaves several 30113 iu these parte.

A very old Auckland identity named Adam Moore died at the hospital on the 13th January. He was about 70 years of age.

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OBITUARY., New Zealand Herald, Volume XX, Issue 6614, 29 January 1883, Supplement

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OBITUARY. New Zealand Herald, Volume XX, Issue 6614, 29 January 1883, Supplement

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