MR M. WHELAN. We regret to record the death of Mr M. Whelan which occurred at his residence, Wetherstones, yesterday, after an illness of about six weeks. Deceased, who was in his 69th year, was one of the earliest residents of the district, having arrived here from Victoria shortly after the outbreak of the Gabriels Gully rush. A native of Connty Innis, Ireland, where he was bora in 1837, i»e leffc his native land for Victoria afc the age of 13. In that colony he spent some years at the grocery business, and had just settled down as a ! married man when news of the gold discoveries in New Zealand reached him, and he determined to try his luck in this colony, reaching Gabriels Gully some time in 1861. After a year or two, in which he met with the usual ups-and-downs of a miner's life, he was attracted to the West Coast, where he only remained for a short time, returning to Tuapeka, where he followed mining as a vocation till about 20 years ago,- when he went in for contracting. In his time he has carried out many large contract works, and at his death he was the holder of several contracts from the County. He was a man of integrity, and was highly esteemed throughout the district, in the advancement of which he had ever taken a keen and intelligent interest. He leaves a widow and five sons and three daughters, Mrs O'Neill (Palmerston), Mrs Weaver (Napier), and Mrs T. Ryan (Waitahuna), to mourn his loss.
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OBITUARY., Tuapeka Times, Volume XXXVIII, Issue 5407, 10 October 1906
OBITUARY. Tuapeka Times, Volume XXXVIII, Issue 5407, 10 October 1906
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