THE LATE SIR WILLIAM MILNE.
Very great regret was expressed in the city in Adelaide on Wednesday when it became known that Sir William Milne President of the Legislative Council and a
very old colonist had passed away late on the previous night. Sir William, who was in his 73rd year, arrived in South Australia in 1839 and was elected to the first House of Assembly in 1857. He sat in that chamber for 11 years and then transferred his services to the Legislative Council, finally retiring into private life in 1881. He was prominent in business circles, and took a long interest in mining as well as in every other pursuit likely to advance the solid prosperity of the province. Sir William was a member of the second ministry formed after the establishment of constitutional government and altogether held seats in eight different administrations, his aggregate term of Cabinet service being 2,073 days. He colleagues who still live are Mr. Justice Boucaut, Mr. Joseph Bundey, Sir Henry Ayers, Messrs R.C. Baker, John Carr, H.B.T. Strangways, and G.M. Waterhouse. Those who died before him were Mr. Justice Gwynne, Mr. Justice Stow, Sir Reginald Hanson, Sir Arthur Blyth, Messrs. John Baker, Duffield, English, Finniss, Hart, Mann, Santo, Townsend and Younghusband. Writing of another phase of the deceased gentlemans character our shipping reporter says:- "There are still left in the Port a few of the early yachtsman who will sincerly deplore the loss of Sir William Milne. About 20 years ago he entered upon yachting as a pursuit from which he hoped to derive much pleasure, and in order to carry out his nautical