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OBITUARY.  

MR. A. F. LEE-STEERE.

The death of Mr. Augustus F. Lee Steere, J.P., makes another void in the fast-diminishing ranks of the early set- tlers of this State. Mr. Lee Steere was the fourth son of the late Mr. Lee Steere, M.P., of Jaye's Park, Surrey, England, and was educated at Marlbo- rough College. At the age of 20 he came out to this colony, where he engaged in pastoral pursuits, in conjunction with thc late Mr. S. P. Phillips, of Culham, and Mr. J. G. Thomson, formerly of the Blackwood. Soon after his arrival in   Western Australia he married Ellen Elizabeth, fifth daughter of the late Mr. G. S. Roe, Surveyor-General of the Co- lony, by whom he had a family of three sons and three daughters. Mrs. Lee Steere died in 1887, but all his children survive him, except his youngest son, Algernon. In his younger days Mr. Lee Steere was an ardent supporter of crick- et and a good batsman, having repre-

sented his county, Surrey. He was also     a good judge of horses and a fearless   rider, and at one time acted as judge at   the Royal Agricultural Show in this   State. He was much respected by those who knew him, and doubtless his gene- rosity will be remembered by many. For the greater part of his life Mr. Lee Steere suffered from an illness brought on at first by an accident. Although the best medical advice was sought, both here and in the old country (for which purpose Mr. Lee Steere visited England in the sixties), nothing could be done, and, as he grew older, he became more and more of an invalid, and for several years had been almost completely con- fined to his house. The immediate cause of Mr. Lee Steere's death was pa- ralysis, and the end, when it came, was sudden. He was taken ill on Wednes- day of last week, and on the following morning passed peacefully away. The funeral took place on Saturday last, at 2 p.m., and was attended by a large num- ber of relatives and friends. The follow- ing acted as pall-bearers :-Messrs. B. D. Clarkson, S. W. Viveash, V. Hamers-

ley, W.G. Leeder, James Done-  

gan, and A. N. Piesse. Among the rela- tives who followed the sad procession were—Messrs. Herbert Lee Steere (son), E. A. Roberts (grandson), J. B. Roe (brother-in-law), Charles Lee Steere, John H. Phillips, J. C. Phil- lips, and S Burges (nephews); also R. G. Burges. M.L.A., W. A. G .Walter, P.M., J. F. Taylor. Mr. Ernest Lee Steere (second son of deceased) was unavoidably absent, being on the Murchison, also Mr E. A. P. Rob- erts (son-in-law), through illness. The funeral service was read by the Rev. J. Eilis, and two suitable hymns were sung by the choir. The funeral arrangements were carried out by Mr. J. A. Wroth. The widest sympathy has been expressed with the family in their sad bereave- ment, and many beautiful wreaths and crosses were sent, among them being floral tributes from Mr. and Mrs. J. B.

Roe and family, Mr. and Mrs. R. G.   Burges and family, Mr. and Mrs. W. Wroth, Mrs. Healey, Mr. and Mrs. J. A. Wroth, Wilfrid Wakeford, Mrs. O'Neill, Mrs. and Miss Piesse, Dr. May- hew, Mr. and Mrs. Vass, Mr. and Mrs. Meares, Mr. and Mrs Rawlings and family, Mr. and Mrs. C. Lee Steere, Mr. and Mrs. W. A. Demasson and family, Mr. and Mrs. J L. Taylor, Mr. and Mrs H. Parker. Mr. A. J. Valent, Mr. and Mrs. Kingston, Mr. and Mrs. T. J. Donegan, Sir James and Lady Lee Steere, Mrs. Faulkner, Mrs. Elgee, Misses Lee Steere, from his grand-son "Teddie," from his children, Misses Har- per, Mrs. T. Donegan and family, Mrs. Innes and family, Mrs. Egdell, Mr. and Mrs. Kelpin and family, Mr. and Mrs O'Sullivan, Mr. and Mrs. Rily and fam- ily, Mrs. Mackintosh and family, Mr. and Mrs. J. Phillips and family, Mr. and Mrs. C. J. Lloyd, Mrs. B. D. Clark- son, Mr. and Mrs. Bostock and family, Mr. and Mrs. M. Doust and family, Mr. and Mrs. J. Griffin and family, Mr. and Mrs. Vince, Mr. and Mrs. Greedy and family, Mr. and Mrs. Viveash and fam-

ily, Miss H. E. Lukin, Mr. and Mrs. T.   Cook and family, Mr., Mrs., and Miss   Norman, from "Clara," Mr. and Mrs.   Leeder, Mr., Mrs., and Miss Wood, Mr.  

and Mrs. Geary, Mr. and Mrs. V. Ham-  

ersley.

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