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THE LATE CAPTAIN FYANS. Captain Foster Fyans, who died on 23rd May, at his residence, Ballyung, nearGeelong, at the ripe old ago of 84, has played an im portant part in the early history of threo Australian colonies. His life, until within the last ten years, was an unusually active one. He held a commission in tho army whilo a mere youth, and followed the fortune of his regiment (the fiifticth) through the whole of the Peninsular war, taking part in tho principal battles, Sala manca and the storming of Badajos in clusive. Aftor the peace of 1815 he settled iu Now South Wales. Hia first official position in the colony was that of tmperintendent of Norfolk Island — a diffi cult and highly responsible office ; and on his return from the island ho was appointed commandant of Moroton Bav — the nucleus of the colony of Queensland. Hero he devoted himsolf to the development of the resources of the district, and dis tinguished himself as an acclimatiser. Many of the present tropical products of Queens land can bo traced back to tho plants roared by him in the Government farm and gar dens. In 1837 ho was despatched to tho Port Phillip settlement, then merely known as 'tho new country,' with the authority of police magistrate and commissioner of Crown lands. Ho pitched his tent and court at tho junction of the Moorabool and Bar won, now known as Fyansford, and when Sir Richard Botirke visited the settle ment, Captain Fyans assisted him with his advice in the laying out of Melbourne and Geelong. Histime was thenceforward entirely engrossed in the discharge of his arduous duties as Commissioner of Crown Lands for the whole of the Goelong, Portland aud Wimmera districts. He had a very small run of his own, now forming a portion of the purchased land of the Messrs. Robortson, at Colac, which he stocked with some veiy choice cattle, the best then in tho colony, the descendants of which still . bear the famous F.F. brand. He retired from active service in 1855, the old Legislative Council voting him a gratuity of £2000 in re cognition of his lengthened service. Whilst Captain Fyans was commandant at Nor folk Island in the good old cut-throat convict days, he imported a horse,, which was the first and last of the equine race ever landed on the aland. 'The horae was a valuable one, and tho importation involved consider ablo expense and risk of total loss. Captain Fyans, when relieved of his duties by another veteran officer and gentleman (whom we all meet any day in Collins-street), offered his steed for sale to his successor. . But tho lattor then as now was 'characterised by a frugal temperament, and loved a cheap bar gain. So he offored tho departing Fyans a ridiculously low price for Bucephalus. He felt ho had tho horse market in his own hands, and that it was for him to dictate tiie prico. Notso, resolved the indignant Fyans. lie ordered his horse to be marched to tho shore with tho departing detachment, to tho astonishment of tho would-bo purchaser, who accompanied tho party to witness the embarkation. Just before stopping into tho boat, tho Captain drew a loadod pistol and gave his horse a final dismissal from labor, and as tho animal fell, he said, 'Major, I mako you a present of him, and I hope you'll enjoy the riding, of him.' Captain FymiR did not marry until lato iu life, and bin wifo has been dead for many years. Ho was wont to regret that ho Had over left hin regiment. ITo and Lord Gough woro comrades, and when thn Jnttor was at tho bend of tho army of India, Captain Fyans could not help reflecting that ho ?yvoujd liavo boon almost certain of roaching

the same rank. It is well for the colonies of Now South Wales, Victorip. and Queens land, that Captain Fyans did leave the army, for he has always been some thing more than a mere official—' an enterprising colonist, and a good neigh bor to the struggling. His memory will bo cherished by all to whom he was known, and his death has loft a blank which will not be easily filled up.

1THE LATE CAPTAIN FYANS. [FROM A PHOTOGRAPH BY WILMOT AND KEY. — SEE PAGE 114.]

1THE LATE CAPTAIN FYANS. [FROM A PHOTOGRAPH BY WILMOT AND KEY. — SEE PAGE 114.]

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