PASSED AWAY MR. WALTER FIRMIN. The death took place suddenly 'at Traralgon on Tuesday of Mr. Wattie Pirmin, of Yinnar, brother -of Mr. 'James- Firmin. Mr. Firmin attended fhe Electoral - Council "of the 'Couniitt Party in the afternoon and later went to a friend's place in Traralgon. He later went to pick up his wife and daughter who had accompanied him to Traralgon. and collapsed as he was entering the car to drive home. Medi cal aid was summoned but the spark of Life had fled. When Mr. J. Firmin, who attended the conference at Traralgon, arrived home he received a great shock when a telegram awaited him announcing his brother's death. Deceased, who was 79 years of age, had not been well of late, and was ordered, by medical advice, to take things easy, as his heart was weak. The late Mr. Firmin had spent most of his life in Yinnar and during that time he took a keen interest in most public matters. He was a good church man and rendered most valuable ser vice to St. Matthew's Church of Eng land, at Yinnar. In his young days he used to drive bullocks, and on more, than one occasion drove a team pulling a wagon load of copper from Cooper's Creek (near Walhalla) to Port Albert and then back with a load bf provi sions. He leaves a wife and two daughters to mourn their loss. MR. LES BOLDING Many people of the district will re gret to hear of the passing of Mr. Les Bolding, late of Clydebank, which sad event occurred at his home at Hazel wood (near Morwell) on Tuesday last. Deceased, who was 61 years of age, had been suffering from an incurable complaint for some time. He bore his suffering with the greatest fortitude and was not one to complain. He leaves a widow, one son (prisoner of war in Germany) and four daughters to mourn their loss. CR. J. T. POYNTON In the passing of the late Cr. John Tomlin Poynton, of Ensay, on Sunday, July 11, Gippsland East has lost a pioneer resident who made a valuable contribution of service to the com munity. Born on May 14 1?.85, - at, Macarthuii- ini thfe Westein District of Victoria, he went to Omeo "in- 1888 with his brother Edward, driving bul locks, and later selected land at Cassi iis and Ensay. He married Miss Sarah Skipworth, at Mount Gambier, in 1892. His wife predeceased him ten years ago. He is survived by a family of four sons and three daughters. The late Cr. Poynton was elected to the Omeo Shire Council in 1918, and re presented the Tongio riding continu ously until his death. In those 25 years he travelled a distance equal to one and a half times round the world (72.500 miles) to attend council meet ings, and for many years made the journeys from Ensay on horseback. He was shire president in 1924-25. He was the "father" of the council in which he served for 25 years. and in that period missed only two meetings, his absence on one occasion being due to a car accident when on his way to a council meeting. This mishap neces sitated hospital treatment for the in juries he suffered. MR. RICHARD JAMES APPLLETON The death occurred at the Bairns dale District Hospital on July 11 of Mr. Richard James Appleton. 78 years, an old identity of the Stratford and Stockdale districts. He is survived by a daughter and two sons. MRS. MARGARET TAYLOR A very old and highly respected re sident of Briagolong, Mrs. Margaret Taylor, passed away at her home on Friday morning at the age of 86 years. She had been ill for some time past. She is survived by a son and daugh ter. The funeral took place on Saturday afternoon, and was largely attended. The Rev. Floyd Shannon officiated at the graveside, Mr. C. Uebergang con ducting the mortuary arrangements. MR. MICHAEL T. FRAWLEY We.regret to record thepassingathis home at The Heart on Saturday of Mr. Michael Thomas Frawley, farmer, at the age of 65 years. He had. been in ill-health for some time past. The deceased, who was well and favorably, known throughout the district, is sur vived by his widow, two sons and four daughters, to whom sympathy is extended in their sad loss. The funeral takes place this after noon, leaving St. Mary's Cathedrall (where Requiem Mass will be cele brated) at 230 p.m. In our last issue we reported that Nurses Reid, Mason, Henderson and Timbs, of the Gippsland Hospital staff, had passed their final examinations. That was an error; their passes were in one of their intermediate examina tions by the Nurses Board. No doubt later we shall be able to congratulate these young ladies upon passing their final exams: we were just a lithe pre mature!