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DEATH OF Mr. T. L. WYATT.
At the Hamilton hospital yester-
day morning, Mr. Thomas Lewis Wyatt, an old and respected colonist,
passed away after a long illness. Up- wards of twelve months ago the de- ceased was taken to the hospital
where, at times, under the skilful treatment received at the institution he appeared to rally, but, during the last few weeks it became evident that he was fast failing, and death eventually came to him as a wel- come release. Born at Bow, London in 1831, the late Mr. Wyatt was married at St. Bride's church, Lon- don in 1853. Two years later he and his wife and child, accompanied by his brother James, sailed from Plymouth in the ship Anna Maria, landing at Portland on February 10 1856. Mr. Wyatt remained in Port- land for a number of years, where the other members of the family were born. Following the trade of a plas- terer, he then made the acquaintance
of the late Mr. H. Potter, whom he took into partnership, and toge-
ther they assisted in the erection of many of the buildings of the early
days, some of which still stand as monuments of their handicraft. With the promise of an increasing demand
for their services, the part- ners left Portland for Mount Gambier, about 1867, and here again they were successful in securing work in connection with the hospital, the Church of England and many other important structures. Five years later found the firm established in Melbourne, but preferring the coun- try, their stay in the metropolis was short, and they returned to Portland for a time. In 1874, Mr. Wyatt, with his wife and family, decided to re- move to Hamilton at which place he
and his late partner worked at their trade as plasterers about up to the time of the death of the latter ab- out 16 months ago. Possessing a wiry frame, the late Mr. Wyatt, up to the time of his last sickness, was wonderfully energetic and active in connection with his trade. He was one of the founders of the Oddfellows Lodge at Portland, and at his death had a record of over 60 years' mem- bership. Upright in his business transactions and with a cheary word
at all times, he will be sadly missed by those with whom he had come in contact. Two brothers of deceas- ed (George Duck Wyatt and John Wyatt) landed at Portland in 1853, both of whom died some years ago, the former being the second mayor of Mount Gambier. The deceased leaves a widow and two sons (Mr.
J. L. Wyatt, of Portland, and Mr. T. E. Wyatt, of Melbourne, and three daughters (Mrs. Oaklands, Miss Alice Wyatt, and Mrs. Robb, of Hamilton) to mourn their loss. The funcral will take place this afternoon, leaving the deceased's late home, Gray Street, at