Another of the district pioneers in the person of Mr. John Symons, Passed away at the Hamilton hos pital on Friday, in which institu tion he had been a patient for a month, at the age of 86 years. The late Mr. Symons, who was a nat ive of Cornwall, England, arrived at Portland in 1854, and shortly af terwards came to Kanawalla, in the Hamilton district. After re maining there for some time he re moved to Balmoral, and subsequen tly to Wannon. He acquired a considerable area of good land, and between this and contracting, first ly under the old roads boards, and later under the shire councils, at tained a comparative position of affluence. He was a ship's carpenter by trade, and this enabled him to take a prominent part in the construction of many important bridges, notably the bridge over the Wannon at redruth. In those days the sawn timber required was ob tained by pit sawing, and the late Mr. Symons did a good deal of that work. His wife predeceased him about 16 years ago, and of a family of eleven children seven re
main—three daughters and four sens. The former are Mrs. Don nelly, of Warrnambool, Mrs. W. But ler, of Glenisla, and Miss Symons, of Adelaide. Three sons reside at
1 Glenisla, and the fourth, who is
well known to Hamilton people, is Mr. T. Symons, of North Hamilton.