0 — , "We regret much to have to record th c death of Mr a. L. Mellish, R.M , of Christ church, which took place yesterday m tha * town. Mr Mellish is an old colonist, haTinj como to the country m 1858. Previous, how ever, to his adopting the career of a colonist " tho deceased gentleman saw aerrice m tli< ' army, and m the trenches before Sebastopol " as an officer m H.M. 44th Begiment, gftTi a proof of his deTotion to the profession he ha< - chosen. At the closo of the war, when largi t reductions were made m tho several regi 1 ments, Hr Mellish left the service, and saile( . for Adelaide, South Auatralia, where hi arrived m 1857. After, however, a year' „ residence there, he left it for New Zealand arriving iv Lyttelton the following year . His fir«t venture, like all the early colonists ' was m tho direction of sheep farming ' but owing to bad seasons and holding ai exposed back country run, sheep farming wai " not ontirely a success, and m 1863, Hi r Melliah left Canberbury for Auckland wit! y the intention of offering his services to thi '' Government m the Maori war then bein| carried on. His application was at one r acceded to; and he wa« appointed Captain ii c the 4th Waikato Militia. Immediately oi joining tke regiment he was given the charg is of the camp at Onehunga, ,but after hold in| s that position a few months, he was placed ii . command of Galloway's Redoubt, a pos 3 which he retained till he wag appointei r Heeideut Magistrate at Picton early m 1865 a From Picton, Mr Mellish was m 1868 trans t ferred to Kaiapoi, and on the resignation o Mr Bowen, R. 11., of Christchurch, m 1874 the Government offered the vacant post U him, and he accepted it. Before enteringor 8 >. military career, Mr Mellish studied at Excte 3 Colle<;e, Oxford, but gaining a scholarshi] '• at Pembroke, took up his residence a y this latter College, till tbe cominiisioi a was offered which lod him directly inU i, tho glories and dangers of the Crimean cam r paign. Whilst at Oxford the deceasec .. gentleman was distinguished as &n oarsman •. attaining to the privilege of palling m tin t renowned " eight" m 1854. He rowe( •j number seven of the Oxford crew, and thi i_ race of that year was ono of the fineit am moat closely contested that has ever takei ' place between the two great English TJni versities, Oxford winning by exactly clover strokei m advance of Cambridge. As i ■ colonist and as a magistrate, Mr Mellish wai 8 universally respected, and his loss will nol only be felt by a lar^c circle of persona - friends, but by the community at large. Th< i disease which proved fatal first showed itsell somo eighteen months ago, but the judicious c treatment applied (Hydropathic) staved ofi b danger for a time, and up to the last fort . night Mr Mellish was able to take his work m Court. Ho toiled, however, when- ho ought 3 to have been at rest, and now he ha« ended a 1 useful life, spent entirely m one way oi I another m the public service. He was fortyseven years of sge.