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| Ahotln'r (if the old district, pioneers
In til? person of Mr. llrnry Potter, passed away at an early hour yc.st.cr ■ <1 iy morning in tin- Hani.ilton liospi . tal. '!!if deceased, who was 1" his
7">th year, lind boon in .failing health for smiK time, but only about a week nso Ihs physical weakness became so iimrktffl that it wan dunned advisable to remove Illni to the hospital. To many friends who visited htm on Snn 1 Hay he expressed tht- conviction tlmt.
He WaB suffering from a bilious at tach, He, however, slowly ami peace fully sank to rest at two o'clock yes terday morning an stated. The late Mr. Totter n-an a native uf Norfolk, hingland, froth which plaes lie arrived In Adelaide, South Australia, t;2 years ngo. About n year afterwards the family removed to Portland, and Mr. rotter, who was a young lad of splen i'id physique, was apprenticed to a Mr. Hums, a plasterer, and after ser ving his apprenticeship lie and Mr. T. Wyatt. (another old and respected rc r-ldcnt or Hamilton, who survives him), entered into partnership—a partnership that existed for fully -10 years- in the building line. Mr. Pot-, let'slrortlv aftenvartlH married u Miss Ktokes, and in IS'.flthe tirm removed to Movnt Gambler, where they fol lowed tlv." trade for five years, during which tim.i tli i contracts for plaster Im; the Mount Gambier hospital,
Church of England, tanks, hotels,and other large buildings were successful ly carried out. Then the partners re moved to Melbourne, where they re mained for a short "time, afterwards returning to .Portland, where they se cured the contract, for plastering the gaol governor's residence, Finally, in IS"-! Messrs. rotter and Wyatt came to Hamilton, and with a Mr. Saun ders, who was wi ll known in those, days, thev secured work in plastering at tli? colleges. Since that time Mr. Potter waa engaged on many impor tant works, but. of late years he con lin.d his attention to acting as clerk of works on such buildings aa the town hall, Y.M.C.A. hall, masonic hall, and many private buildings, hi.-; inttr.trity and lionrsty (.K'ei'ig a sufficient Assurance that these buildings were Nubstairtiall.v erected. His wife prc tli'ccnfcttl him by several years, and tin adopted niece died about, six years tigo. Mr. 11. Hicnktun, a cousin, is I lie only other relative living here. Mr. Potter's mmtal faculties, were keen and alert up to the last., and tvlicn I .; loft the old home wlicnj ho had r.'sikled for so many years', hi addressed his partner of near ly fifty years in the.io words ''Good bye. Tom, I'm going home." Mr. J'otter waf the oldest aftiiintcd ni.-m b .r of the. Grange Lodge of Fr«y mcBoitg (N'o. <t!j), having joined in HeoamlieT, 1*77, and ht ws.1 t~ice el ected W.M. He Whs alwitj's one of tho most prominent members, and in recognition of the doop interest in end unswerving loynl'ty to prtrciT-'V'-i th? honour of being appointed P.S. G.D, was conferred upon Mm by the Grand Lodge. He was a regular attendant, at fill maofclngs until fail ing health compelled Ills albflenoe. Tlio Masonic brethren arc incited to at ticnd ah the hall punctually nt 2 o'clock this afternoon, whan lodge will bn or.riv:d. pivipnrntory to >tho frneral cortege moving frotr. the hall at S o'clock for the Hamilton cemetery.