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The funeral of the late Mr Win. Barker took place at the Bluff on Tuesday afternoon, and a large number of residents and old friends attended to pay their last tribute of respect to the deceased. 'Mr Barker, .who was in his 67th year, had been connected with the Bluff and its neighbourhood for the past 32 years, and, naturally, saw many changes in connection with the port. In the matter of harbour improvements he had played an important part, having, on different occasions, been associated in the extension of various wharf contracts at sundry stages in the port’s progress. With his business partner, Mr W. B. Jones, Mr Barker had also been considerably interested in the fishing industry, and they were responsible for the building of a number of vessels which played in their time a more or less prominent part in our local waters, such as the ‘'William and Jane/ "Lizzie,” "Clyde,” and others. The "Kekeno” and "Dolly Warden”— anxilliary oil schooners^ —were their last holdings, and were the pioneers of this class of vessel, a type which, since the experimental stages were gone through by Mr Barker and his partner, has come into general use. Mr Barker had also been engaged in connection with the erection of many bridge structures, both north and south, notably the Gore traffic bridge and the suspension bridge at the Shotover ; and at the time of his la&t illness he was engaged in supervising the construction of the new bridge at Gatlins River, now being built by Messrs Anderson Bros., of Christchurch, for the Government. With the exception of a very brief period as a borough councillor, deceased had never taken any _ active pant in local matters 1 , preferring to give his own business his main attention. He was a quiet, unassuming man who, after 40 years of strenuous colonial life, leaves many friends behind him, who will hold his • memory in regard. Mr Barker was a native of Stirlingshire, Scotland.

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Obituary., Southern Cross, Volume 14, Issue 52, 30 March 1907

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Obituary. Southern Cross, Volume 14, Issue 52, 30 March 1907

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