The death is announced of Mrs John Mac Gibbon, another of th 9 rapidly diminishing band of pioneer settlers. She arrived with her husband in the ship Moultan on Clii-is.tn-a«s Day, 1849. The family resided for tome time in Ca\ersham, but in 1859 remo\ed to Mataura, in which district the same of Mac Gibbon has r.ince become well known. Mr Mac Gibbon died in. 1892, leaving- his sons to carry on his 'businesses at Mutaura and Gore. The deceased lady was a good wife and loving mother, and an energetic colonist.
Tlio Tuapeka Times states that Mrs Bennet, wife of Mr James Bennct, M.H.R., was one of the oldest residents in the district, l.aA ing been probably about 50 years in the colony. The deceased iady, who was over 70 years of age, leases three sons and a daughter, all up in year*.
Our Milton correspondent writes: — "An old and respected farmer of Milburn, Mr Donald M'Donald, passed suddenly away this (Monday) morning. He had been ailing somewhat lately, and, after haviug partaken of breakfast, he was going to the kitchen, when he suddenly fell and expired. Mr M'Donald arrived in the colony from the lale of Mull, Scotland, in 1863, and for the last 30 years has farmed at Milburn. Mr M'Donald was 75 years of age. He leaves a widow and a grown-up family."
The Tapanui Courier reports the death of Mrs M'Coll, one of the early settlers of that district, at the age of 81 years. Mrs M'Coll was a native of Argyle^hire, Scotland, and came out to New Zealand in 1863 with her kueband and young family of three sous and two daughters. At the beginning of IF6 I she went to the Tapanui district with her lni«band and family, where she resided till he<- death. She lad been confined to her bed for about three months.
Mr Wm. Rogers of New Plymouth, who arrived in that town in 1843. died on the 3rd inst. (says the Ta'-anaki Herald), at the age of 74 years. He served during the war as a militiaman, and was present at the Mahoetahi engagement. Ho held a New Zealand war medal. He is survived by a widow, three sons, three daughters, 27 grandchildren, and one great-grandchild. An old identity named Thomas Wright was found in an unconscious state at Greymouth on Monday, but died a few hours after admission to the hospital. Wright, who lived at Cobd*»n, was a remittance man in receipt of nearly £200 a year.
The Western Star reports the death of Mr Alexander Frew, an old settler in the Southland district, who died at Otaitai Bush, near Riverton, on Tuesday, at the ago of 68 years. Mr Frew, who was a miner by occupation, was born in Scotland, and after a very successful sojourn in California he went to Southland in the early sixties. MiFrew, whose wife predeceased him by some three years, is survived by six sons and fhe daughters.
Mr Frederick Alonzo Carrington, aged 93, a prominent and well-known New Plymouth old identity, is dead. He arrived at Moturoa in the barque Brougham on February 11, 1841, having been sent out by the Plymouth Company to survey the settlement. He fi\cd the site of New Plymouth, and was closely identified with its growth. After completing the survey of New Plymouth he returned to England in 1843, and was engaged in survey work for the railways there. Afterwards he visited California in connection with some engineering works. He returned to Taranaki about 1857, and in 1862 »vas appointed surveyoi for Taranaki He was Superintendent of the province from 1869 to 1876, and also sat some years in the House of Representatives. He wa^ largely
instrumental in the harbour A\orks being undertaken at Moturoa, the first stone o£ which he laid on February 7, 1881. Latterly his great age has told upon him. He quietly passed away in his sleep this morning.
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