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DEATH OF MR. L. M'KEKNA.

(From Our Own Correspondent.)

DUNKEIjD, Thursday.

I The death of Mr. Lawrence M'Ken

am, ol Curlew Hill, which took plac last week, removes from our midst | one of the oldest ami imost highly I respeetod pioneers of the district. De

ceased. who was SI years of a^e,

born in West Meade, Ireland, in 1830. He came out to Australia in 1861. On. arriving at Adelaide Stuart v.as then making his second visit to the northern portion of South Aus

tralia, and, as the explorer was' short of men, deceased joined the I

Dartv. remaining' with them till tlvcy |

finished their exploration. He then spent about ten years on the New Zealand and Victorian poldiields with varying success. In 1872 he came to Wood house-, nn-.l entered the

I c/L the late Mr. James Alexander. In

1S7-1 he took a trip to Ireland, and returned tbe following year. Shortly afterwards he married Miss Kliza heth Irwin, and settled down at Cur lew Hill, near Dun'ield, where he re sided ami followed pastoral pursuits lill (he time of his death. He en joyed excellent hryjth and vigour til! the occasion of the disastrous bush firo on January 28,- 1000, when, in attempting to save his property, he was badly burnt, from th» effects of which he never recovered. Despite the fact that he was frequently un der the best medical treatment ob tainable, about four weeks ago be took a stroke, and was taken • to Nurse Slipper's private hospital. No hope of his recover^ was ""tertain ed, and he passed away to his long hom'; on Thursday morning. Mr. M'Kenna was of a retiring disposi lion. He took no part in p,uf;Jic mat ters, Init possessed many sterling qualities, 'and was highly respected by a large circle of friends. 1-To was a well-informed man, and took

deep interest in politics. Having a retentive memory he could trace thn history of Parliament for years past being always a staunch Wberal. He was a great advocate of pure merino wool, and his flocks were among the best in the district. He leaves one son, Mr. J. I. M'Kenna. His remains were interred in the Itoram Boram cemetery, nnd tbe funeral was we attended.

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