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OBITUARY.

Mrs. Ellen Copping, widow of the late Mr. George Henry Copping, and a pioneer settler of the Lucindale district, who had resided there for 53 years, died at Mount  

Gambier on December 13, at the age of 81 years. Her maiden name was Miss Ellen Holland, and she was born in Eng land in 1846, and came to Australia with her parents in the following year. Her parents went to the Goulburn diggings for four years, and then travelled overland to Adelaide with a horse and cart in the early fifties, and acquired a garden at Coromandel Valley. In 1865 Miss Hol land was married to Mr. Copping in Ade laide, and after residing at Mitcham and Cooke's Plains, the couple removed to the south-east. They selected land in the Lucindale district in 1877?, and Mr. Cop ping followed farming and grazing pur suits there until his death, in 1889. Mrs. Copping was left with a young family, and a large area of country to manage, but showed that indomitable courage and perseverance characteristic of the pioneers, made good, and had the satisfaction of     seeing most of her family comfortably settled in the district. There was a family of three daughters and two sons, all of whom survive, excepting one son. There are 34 grandchildren. The death occurred at his residence, George street, Moonta, last Monday, of Mr. William Bawden Noell, at the age of 72 years (writes our local correspond- ent). He was born at Burra, and came   to Moonta as a young man and worked on the mines. Mr. Noell went to Kadina, and for 20 years conducted a grocery busi- ness. He subsequently conducted busi- nesses at Mundalla, Clare, and Wallaroo. He has left a widow, two sons, and three daughters— Messrs. Alfred (Western Aus-   tralia), Frederick (Sydney), Mesdames Murray (Western Australia), S. Potter (Glenelg),.and Miss Elsie Noell(Gawler).

THE LATE MR. HENRY THOMAS, formerly of Kapunda. who died in South Africa on December 19.

THE LATE MR. HENRY THOMAS, formerly of Kapunda. who died in South Africa on December 19.

The death occurred at Manoora on December 19 of Mr. James Patrick Dowling, formerly a sergeant in the mounted police. Mr. Dowling was 76 years of age, having been born in Adelaide on December 15, 1852, and he was   the only son of the late Mr. and Mrs. Patrick Dowling. At an early age he   went with his parents to a grazing property in the Fowler's Bay district where   he resided until attaining his majority except for two years spent at the school of late Mr. McBride, in the city. At the age of 21 he joined the mounted   police force, and after serving a term in the barracks at Adelaide he went to take charge of his first station at Georgetown in 1878, and was subsequently stationed in charge of Warooka, Port Wakefield, Fowler's Bay, Streaky Bay, Farina,   Angaston, Kadina, Mount Barker, and Port Pirie, at which station, in 1914, owing to ill health, he was compelled to retire   from the force on the eve of his promotion to sub-inspector's rank. Sgt. Dowling   was considered to be a fine bushman     and he had many varied       experiences in the outback country during the early days of the State. On one   occasion he had to go on horseback many miles into the MacDonnell Ranges in search of a wrongdoer, whom he succeeded in arresting. This was the first time a white man had ventured into this portion of the ranges, and he had a thrilling   time with the natives, who were far from friendly. During the visit of the then Governor (Sir Fowler Buxton) to the far north, Mr. Dowling escorted the party to various places of interest, and he was the proud posessor of an autographed book from His Excellency. He was in charge of Port Pirie during the big strike in 1908, and it was acknowledged that his superior tact and devotion to duty was in no small degree responsible for the comaparatively peaceful time during that rather strenuous period at the seaport. He was in charge of Kadina during the memorable fire on the Wallaroo Mines, and for his valuable assistance he was specially thanked by the company. The late sergeant was a highly efficient officer, and was popular in the various towns in which he was stationed. He was specially adapted for the legal side of his   work, and within the force was   considered to be an expert on Court work. He married Miss Margaret Crosby, eldest   daughter of late Mr. and Mrs. W. T Crosby, and she and the following family survive him:— Miss Eva A. Dowling (Manoora), Mr. W. C. Dowling (Orroroo), Mr. J. F. Dowling (Gladstone), and Dr. D. A. Dowling (Commonwealth Health   Department, Port Adelaide) -' Mr. William I. Sewart died at the Caulfield ' Military Hospital a few days   ogo. There are many' people in this dis trict (writes., our AllandaleEast correspondent     who will regret his death. He   had been employed for the last 18 years in the clerical-branch of. the ' engineering section of the Metropolitan- Board of Water in Melbourne. Mr. Sewart, who was 47 years of age, was the eldest son of Mr. and- Mrs. Miles Sewart, of Allan dale, and he spent his boyhood days in this district: During the Great War he was attached to the 3rd Pioneers and M.M.B.W., and his death at the Caul field- Hospital was due; to injuries re ceived at the war. Mr. Sewart. .was one of the best athletes which this district has produced, and when he went to Mel bourne upon reaching manhood, he soon made his mark in the footboll and cricket ing world. ~He played' for Essendon in football, and with Carlton at' cricket. He at times represented Victoria in.'interstate matches' in both cricket and football. . Another of JairicKtOwn's pioneer -resi- dents. Mr. George Dawes, - passed, away ch, Monday afternoon :kt the age-'of^ 78 years (writcS'.our .local. correspondent). Fifty of the^u'have'been spent 'm. Jamcs Mwn. He., was born^in MMdleser, Eng Isnd,: on July 1,- 1850, 'and when 'four j.cars q{ ': age came to ;Soutlr Australia* with his parents, in the ship Nabob. He was early*, apprenticed ' to 'the ? ulacJcsmitb ing frade. .la 1874 hi- marricd'Misg'Mar laret Ifiggins at Marrabel, and', came' to the, nortnT, starting ia' his trade at Man nantrie. Later he went ;tQ Canowie Sta tion, ??.fbere* he stayed ;for two^'years.'- He came to Jamestown in '1878, to -wort for Messrs. ?Niewall and Piessenbnrgeri ; black' smiths; .and later' was- employed-' 'by Mellor Brothers and B. Smith.. Leaviug hia trade* h*' worked : for Dr. Cockbtert {now Sir Jobn Cockburn), ? and -continued m' that' position for. Dis.' 'Patten', and Pentland. and tlic late Df: A'itktfn. .Mrs. Dawcs died in 1912.: .In' hiR.young:days he was a good cricketer, a sport' in whieli he always xook a deep interest, Although lie held' mi public positions. Mr. -Dawes wEa one of the 'best-known ? o£. James town's townspeople/ nnd-was highly:;Tc tpected. -Four «ous- .survive: — ^Messrs. William, Charles (Jamestown) ,- Edward (Port 'Augusta), ; and James ;(C'anowie Belt). 'There, are 23'gran'dchildrcn, and one'great-grandchildr - ? ? ? ?.-' .' - ' . ? Mrs. Anna' - Luise ? Beichstcin; ; whose death /occurred,', at .her.; residence,' LaUra (writes our local correspondent), 'was born' in-1839. With her parents, the late 3Ir.' W., Staude- and Mrs..Stande. who is ,92 years of age and living at Booleroo Whim, she caine.north: in.l87C, settling . ni.'the Booleroo -Whim district. .She-'Tiiarried in 1879,. Mr. Paul ' Reichst«hi, wlib prede c*ased her 31 years ago. '^Fbr several years Mrs; Reidistein lias been a rosident of Laura. A family of five s6ns. Messrs/ O. B. and W. A. Rcichstein (Tembra, N.S.W.). H.E. and F.'H. Reichstcin Booleroo Whim); and R. W. Reichstein .(Booleroo' Centre).- and -four- daughters, Mesdames B; S.' McCallum. (Morchard), IS. ? ? . - ' . ' ?? .'V1 ''

R. McCallum (Willoivie), W. A. Toop Spalding), and Miss B. F. Reichstein (Laura) survive. ' The death is announced from London of Sir George Hutchison, who represented North Midlothian in the House of Com mons in 1922-1923 nud since 1924. Born at Kenfrew (Scotland) on July ? 6, 1873, lie was educated for thc-Iaw and took silk in 1822. He has engaged extensively in the adinnistration of hospitals. Mr. Priestly Hillam, whose death 'oc curred recently at Prospect (writes our Laura correspondent) was ono of the pio neers of agricultural settlement in the northern areas. He came north from -the Mount Pleasant district in 1870, and is the Inst of the first five farmers who put Jiid--r crop portion of the old Bundaleer property, in the Georgetown district. The first 100 acres of that property, put under :cf eals ' was Eowed by Mr. Hillam, and from it was cut 250 tons of hay. The laud lfterwarda became the property of Mr. T. Sill.' father' of Hill Brothers, well known is draught-horse breeders and exhibitors, rod is now in possession of Mr. . Lyons, M.P. After spending about seven years in the Georgetown district, Mr. Hillam went further afield and took up land in the Hundred of Baroota, on the western, side of Flinders Range, where, with his boiis, he carried oh farming and .cattle raising on a fairly- extensive, scale. For 19} years he was a member of the District Council of Port Germein. and as councillor for Baroota Ward, and chairman, rendered excellent service to the district. Cr. A. P.' Hillam. who represents Wongyarra Ward in the same council, is a son of the deceased, and with his brother, Mr.. W. T. Hillain, is engaged in farming and pas toral piiBuits jn the Mclrose district. By his -sterling character, genial disposition, willingness at all times to lend a helping hand to others, and public spiritodneas, Mr. Hillam won the esteem of a wide circle of friends.' . , . William Scott Opie. who was born in Moonta in 1884, aud went to the Barrier as a boy, died in Broken Hill Hospital on Sunday 'morning. He started as an office boy with Mr. A. H. Middlcton, auctioneer, and Tose to the position of partner. Ho leaves a widow anu a son.

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