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DEATH OF MR. MARS BUCKLEY
Among the obituary notices this morning
will be seen with great regret, the name
of Mr. Mars Buckley, whose death, in his 80th year, took place on Monday night, at his residence Beaulieu, Toorak. He was ap-
parently enjoying his usual health when he came to the city on business in the morn-
ing and until half-past 9 o'clock in the evening when he retired to his room for the night; but about an hour later he re- marked to Mrs. Buckley that he felt ill, and raising himself in bed for a moment, he fell back and expired, the cause of death being
heart failure. The news was received with painful surprise yesterday by those who had either seen or spoken to Mr. Buckley on the previous day, and by his many friends. Born at Mallow, County Cork, Mr. Buckley with his wife and one child, arrived at Melbourne in 1851, and in 1852, in conjunction with Mr. C. J. Nunn, he established the business in Bourke-street now carried on as Buckley and Nunn Limited. The original "shop" was a wooden building, 9 ft by 30 ft. on a portion of the site of the present premises for which they paid the owner (Mr. Staugh ton) a yearly rent of 250 pounds. The business grew and in 1862 the firm occupied premises
for which a rental of 5,00 pounds a year was paid and which they continued until they purchased the land, giving 25,000 pounds for about 27 ft by 90 ft. Later still, with the extension
of the business, the buildings occupied 162 ft.
frontage to Bourke-street by a depth of about 380 ft to Post-office-place. In 1891 on the death of his first and only partner, Mr Buckley sold the business as a going concern to Mr Robert Reid who disposed of it in London in 1892, the purchase
money being 300,000 pounds. Mr Buckley during his 34 years continuous residence in Melbourne never took an active part in political or civic life. He was simply a business man and as such for nearly forty years was largely engrossed in his own affairs. In the mercantile world he was regarded
as a man of shrewd common sense, undoubted integrity and fair and just in all his dealings.
Mrs Buckley has survived her husband, and the members of the family are Miss Mary Buckley (now in England), Mr Gerald Buckley or Nara... Station, Wickliffe, Mr Godfrey Buckley (now in England), Captain Percey Neville Buckley, Common wealth Engineer Corps, and Mrs Charles Mars Buckley (now in England). The funeral will take place at the Boroondara Cemetery tomorrow