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Lie M3. P. BALKIfJ,
!A\ USEFUL CAREER ENDED.
Tho death of Mr, Patrick Balkin of Knockftuoy, Hamilton,' bas remov ed ono of our oldest and moat high ly respected pioneers. Tho deceased gentleimum, who was born ab John's Well,, Kilkenny, Ireland, oighty nvo yiars ago, camo to Australia In l.Uo sailing vessol Red Jackot m X8c?0, arriving in Newcastle, Now Sou th Wales, after (*. three monthB'.Hrip. Two years later ho removed to Port Fairy, where ho ongagod In contract ing work under tho roads board, and acquired some laml, on which he re sided with his sister.. After a short sojourn, in the'seaside district he fold out there and purchnfiod I<inoek aney, on the Grango Creek, whore ho resided. Minlil the time of his (loath. Ho had previously mnrriod M.iss Hannah Quinlan (sister of tho Rev. Father 'Quinlan), the wedding being celebrated at Emerald Hill. Whim Mr. and Mrs. Balk in arrived in Ha milton there was only one .hotel jn the town, and with the exception of a Binglo fence the country between Hamilton and Coleraine wns afl open.. Mr. Balkin, who was the happy pos sessor of a retentive memory, de lighted in recounting his experiences of the -progress of tlvin part of the State in the early days, his adven tures having been most interesting, fly industry and business tact, tho dcceasod built up a comfortable ho mo in tho fertile Grange country, and'always evinced a practical desire to assist in the advancement of the land of his adoption. For twenty two years he was a member of tho Dundas shire council, and was hon oured by being elected to the presi dential chair, and the high esteem in which ho was held by his fellow members was evidenced by- the pre sentation of the following ad dress in January, 190C " Dear Sir,-On the occasion of your retirement from, the Dundas Shire Council, we feci it is only Jour duo to- express our appreciation of the nl'le, .energetic, 'and conscientious manner in which you carried out >youj< duties. During the" continuous ser vice of 22 years as councillor, for one year of which you filled tho presiden tial chair, your relations-with the ot her ;councillors*' wcro of the most friendly character, and they regret tho loss of your valued public ser vices. With; best. wishes/for the hap piness,iand! prosperity: lof yourself,- Mrs Balkin, and the mom hers .'of your family, we are, dear, sir,-,on behalf of tho council,, youra faithfully. (Sidn ed) ~Wm.' t^oung,' presidentC. H. Smith, secretary." . In, making tho presentation tho president, (Or. \Toin>g)' said that since- Mr.: Balkin had i left the. council,-' his' colleagues had' unanimously decided thalt . they could not say goodbye to' him with out recognising' in some way the val ued service he had done: for tho rate
payers" for twenty-two years;: They; felt that rib' man - who had .'ever eat at tho table had tried to do. his; duty more faithfully than Mr. 'Balkin, who was for many years tho father of the council, and they all hoped that his . last/ days would'be among his best. '
Mr. Balkin had always led'an ac tive life, and only last week was in Hamilton. His illness wns. of short duration, he having taken to his bod on Saturday,; evenings From that time he gradually became woakor, and Passed peacefully -away on Wednesday morning-about half-Past'ten o'clock, retaining all his faculties up. to with in the last few. minutes. Mrs. Bal kin predeceased her husband about , five years ago, and he leaves a
family ,of two daughters and threo ?ons-Mrs. M'Grath (Collins-street. Hamilton),. Miss Balkin, and Messrs. W. J.. -E. J., and M. Balkin-to mourn their loss, and' for them sin ccrr- sympathy iB expressed.
The funeral will take place this af ternoon, leaving Knockaney at half Fast .two. o'clock for the Hamilton