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SATURDAY, OCTOBER 26, 1801.
DEATH OF MR. A. S. LYON.
ARTHUR SIDNEY LYON, the " father of the Press" in the colony of Queensland, has at length succumbed to the effects of an affliction which had made his life for years past o struggle with the " fell destroyer." He expired at Cleveland on Tuesday last, in tho 44 th year of his age, and his remains will be in- terred this afternoon at half-past three
Although the deceased gontlemau
will not be known to those whose
acquaintance with this colony dateh fiom the era of separation, there will be few among the residents of former days who will not remember him with respect, and think kindly of his career. Talented as a writer, genial as a com- panion, and generous as a friend, his numerous good qualities will, wo trust, be remembered, while the mantle of charity covers the few foibles to which he, in common with his kiud, might have had to plead guilty. Our per- sonal acquaintance with him does not date beyond a period of six years, and during the whole of that time be has been more or less a sufferer from the disease which has now made him a victim.
Mr. LYON arrived in the Moreton Bay
district some little timo anterior to
the year 1846. In the February of that year he convened a meet- ing at the " Victoria Hotel" for the purpose of establishing a news- paper, a project for which his ability and experience well qualified
him. His career on the Melbourne press, pievious to his arrival hero, wo jre not acquainted wish, but we havo been informed that it was somewhat lengthy in its duration. The meeting referred to was pi'oductive of good re suits, inasmuch as ho received flattering offers of support, and when Mr. SWAN (late proprietor of the Courier) arrived oouu afterwards with the requisite ma- terial, the first paper in tho district
was started under tho title of the Moreton Bay Courier, and our " No. I
made its appearance on the 20th of June, 1846. Mi*. LYON'S connection with this journal continued for aboui three years, and lie then entered upon other pursuits until, in July, 1850, ho again made his bow as a journalist iu the columns of the Moreton Bay Free Press, a paper which was stai ted ns tho organ of the party who were at that time anxious to achieve " separa- tion with exiles." The subject of this sketch does not appear to have re- mained for any length of time-not more than two years at most-on the Free Press, and we again lose sight of him in his professional capacity until 1855, in the October of which yoar he appeared as editor of tho North Axtstra Zian, thefirstnumber of which was issued on tho 2nd of that month. After re-
maining for upwards of two yean, on that paper, a disagreement with the proprietors occurred, which ended in his relinquishing his connection with them, and he attempted to start a second paper in Ipswich. Not being satisfied with the prospects which pra sented themselves, ho turned his atten-
tion to the idea of establishing a journal on the Downs, and on the 11th of June, 1858, he issued the first number of the Darling Doxons Gazette. A short time subsequently, he became the subjeot of repeated and virulent paralytio attacks, and ho was ulti- mately compelled to vacate the editorial chair, although his oouuectiou with the Gazette as proprietor did not end until long after separation liad taken place. After leaviug Drayton
he betook himself to Cleveland and tho southern islands of the bay. in which localities he lias since lived, and in the former of which ho breathed his last.
It is not ul'cüij that one meets with a
career so chequered by vicissitude, aud yet so useful. When we say " useful," we refer, of course, to his nowspaporial career. The man who, in a young and sparsely populated couutry, can boast of having been instrumental in, or having assisted at, the establishment of four distinct vehicles of publio opinion, may surely claim credit for having conferred some benefit on the Community; and wo aro wishful of according to the memory of Mr. LYON a meed of praise to which it is justly entitled. Three of tho papers started under his auspices have now become the principal journals of tho colony, and many eau now recall witli pleasure tho perusal of certain piquant articles which proceeded from his pen in his palmiest days.
Mr.' LYON was, wo believo, very respectably connected, and ho had latterly expressed himself as being anxious to return to the old couutry, with tho double object of seeing his friends and procuring tho best medical advice Death, howovor, has removed him from amongst us in tho primo of life, and ho has departed ou that long, last journey-to tho " bourne from whence no traveller returns."