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DEATH OF A DISTRICT pTO^KCT

A very old and respected resident of the Hamilton district in Mrs. Sophia Neville, relict of the luti- 0. Neville, passed away yesterday at the residence of her son, Mr. Ho'-.ert Thomson, of Pierrepoint. The de ceased lady, who was S3 yeare of fire, and who until a mont.n azo had never known sickness, was ?!iss

Gerdtz, the daughter of one of tin1 I pioneers of the district. A native nf Schleswig-Holstein, Germany, s-he arrived in Melbourne over CO years a-i. when thare were but few h.ibit lations in the capital, and when iho I family came to Hamilton there wt.re :

only* two houses where the -..\vn now stands- She and fcsr firsi • hs j band, Mr. Robert Thomson, u.'ited j under engagement to Captain Carr

of Lyne station, and snbsc.iumHy

j the'- were at Bochara p.nd Park Hi it. • ; the last-nsrmc':l propertv at one time! i ivc-ing ownc-:l hw ilr. Thomson anJ i

bis brothers. She'was' wido.vi-d ab-; out fiff— years ajo. and snm» timcl later she married Mr. C. Nevi!!'\ "vht> also predeceased her manv wrus :u»o. For th'3 past nine vears sbe h id re sided at Pierrepoint with !•••.'• s-ec end son, and it was tlvsre tbat she endfd n !on<» life of usefulness n hrr first. marriage she leaves a daugh ter and three sons—Mrs. Garts 1. of

Woclilpootr ; James, of V.'cstern. Australia; Robert. ■ of Pierropoint. ; and Alexander, .oj. Woojhlpooer. The only survivor of the second 'mni'iy is

the Rev. C. Neville, Preshy'erinn j

minister, of North Fitzroy. Messrs.: Fred. Gerdtz. of MurtoaJ, and .Ichn I Gerdtz, of Minyip. are brothers. The funeral will take place on Sunday, moving from Mr. Thomson's n-s-'i dcnce, Pierrepcrtnt, at 2.30 o'clock for the Hamilton cemetery.

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