His Excellency the Governor-General of South Africa has forwarded the following reply to the Prime Minister's New Year greetings to the Dominions:—"With refe- rence to your telegram of December 30 I am requested to convey the thanks of the Government of the Union of South Africa to the Government and people of the Com- momwealth for their kind greetings, which are heartily reciprocated."
Our Brisbane correspondent telegraphed last night:—The Hon. J. G. Drake, bar- rister-it-law, has been reappointed Crown Prosecutor in the District Courts as from January 1 to December 31, 1917. At this morning's meeting of the Executive Coun- cil Mr. Frederick Charles Urquhart, Chief Inspector of Police, was appointed Com-
missioner of Police for a period of five years from January 1. It was officially announced to-day that Mr. E. J. T. Man- chester had been appointed president of the Metropolitan Water Supply and Sewer- age Board for a further period of five years. The intention of the Government to appoint two judges of the Industrial Arbitration. Court under the new law has been confirmed. Executive approval was given to-day to the appointment of Mr. Thomas W. McCawley, Crown Solicitor and Undersecretary of Justice, to be judge of the Court of Industrial Arbitration and to be president of' the court. Judge McNaughton has been appointed second judge.
Professor Macintyre, of St. Andrew's College, Sydney, the Moderator-General of the Presbyterian General Assembly of Aus- tralia, is the first Australian native to hold that nosition. He was born in Melbourne in 1883, but was educated in Scotland.
Captain Noel M. Loutit, of the 50th Bat- talion, has been promoted to be major. Major Loutit left Adelaide as junior sub- altern with the 10th Battalion, under Colonel Weir, in October, 1914, and served with that famous regiment from the landing at Gallipoli until the evacuation. He was mentioned in dispatches for valu- able services in connection with the land- ing, and gained his captaincy on tbe Penin- sula. Alter the return to Egypt he was appointed grenadier officer to the 3rd Bri- gade, and on the formation of a new bat- talion he was promoted to be adjutant, Major Loutit is 22 years old.
Word has been received by the mail that Dr. Judah Leon Jona, D.Sc., M.D., B.S., of Malvern, Melbourne, and formerly of Adelaide, has been awarded the Rogers prize of £100 of the University of London for 1916, for an essay based on some re- search work on fever. Dr. Jona com- menced this work at the Lister Institute, London, as the holder of the Beit Memo- rial Fellowship for Medical Research in 1912-1913, and continued at the University of Melbourne physiological laboratories since his return to Melbourne. The prize is open to all persons whose names appear on the medical register of the United Kingdom; is awarded on some medical or surgical subject named by the University of London, and, when awarded, is of that value abovementioned. Dr. Jona received his degree of doctor of science at the Ade- laide University, where be had a distin- guished career as a student.
The late Mr. J. B. Berry.
several schools in this State. After re-
signing from the Education Department he carried on a news agency business for a number of years in the Hindmarsh dis- trict. During his earlier years he did good service as a local preacher, chiefly for the Methodist Chmch, and was always associated with the religious bodies where he resided. By his kindly manner he made a large number of friends. He left a widow, five sons, four daughters, a number of grand and greatgrand chidren, a brother,
and a sister.
The death is announced of Mr. Thomas Caterer at Stanmore Private Hospital, in his 92nd year. Mr. Caterer was born in 1825, and was descended from a long line of Oxford yeomanry, which was at all time his pride. He was a son of the manse, his father being the Rev. I. Caterer, of Peppard, Oxfordshire. He was educated at Lewisham College, where he had a distinguished career. Choosing the pro- fession of his father, he was for some time on the staff of Taunton College, Somersetshire. Eventually he was asso- ciated with the late Professor Newth in the conduct of one of the large private schools at Reading, Berkshire. In 1854 he was ordered by his medical advisers to seek the advantages of a less rigorous cli- mate. He gave up great prospects in England, and came to Australia in the David Malcolm. He was first associated in Adelaide with the late Mr. J. L. Young, and then for some time he was in the service of the Education De- partment, during which period he was
headmaster of the Port Adelaide school. Later on he established himself at the Grammar School, Norwood, and even- tually he opened the Semaphore Collegiate School, from which he retired in 1904. It is hard to estimate the mark he has left on the earlier education of the State. A born teacher, of scholarly attainments, his profession was at all times an engrossing pleasure to him. Though he was a strict disciplinarian, he knew when to be in- describably gentle. He was a man of a thousand,—a cultured, wise, brave, English gentleman. No boy ever learnt anything from him but what was honorable, manly, and straightforward. He has passed away, full of years and honor, a man absolutely true to the noble con- ception , of his office, whose memory will live in the grateful hearts of all his boys. His busy life gave him little op- portunity for public affairs, though he at all times took a deep interest in them. He was at one time Mayor of Kensington and Norwood. He had a very profound faith in the possibilities find resources of Australia, and loved the land for what it
had done for him. In his early days in the State he was keenly interested in athletics. He was a fine cricketer, being a brilliant batsman, and was associated, with the old East Torrens team, of which
Sir Edwin Smith was also a member. The two were always the closest of friends. He retained, his faculties until the end, not- withstanding his great age, and passed away peacefully. A wonderful walker, he regularly at 80 years of age walked from his home at Woodville to morning service at Port Adelaide, and returned by train. He has left two sons—Mr. T. Ainsley Ca- terer (acting headmaster of St. Peter's College, and clerk of the Senate of the University of Adelaide), and Mr. G. R. Caterer, of Greenthorpe, New South Wales—and a daughter, Miss Caterer.
Miss Alice Stubbs, daughter of the Rev, A. Stubbs, returned this week from Fiji
on furlough after three years' missionary
The death occurred at Adelaide on Christmas Day of Mr. W.H. Hamilton, an old resident of Kingscote. He was 94 years of age, and arrived at Kangaroo island in the Duke of York, when that vessel made its first voyage to Australia from England. Mr. Hamilton spent a
few years at sea, and then settled at Kang- garoo Island, where he had resided for the
past 50 years. He left two daughters— Mesdames Whittle and Gobell; and two sons—Messrs. W.H. and. A.H. Hamilton,