Obituary. MR. FRANCIS ROBERTS. The old identities are rapidly passing away, and it is with very great regret we record the demise of one of the very oldest of the sturdy pioneers of this district. Mr Francis Roberts, of Orford, was known to a very wide circle of friends, resident in the Port Fairy Borough, Minhamite, Belfast and Portland Shires, and, although the deceased gentleman had reached the ripe age of 83 years, his death naturally evokes widespread sym- pathy from a legion of friends who honoured and respected one whose business dealings were beyond re- proach--one whose word was his bond. The deceased had enjoyed the best of health until very re- cently, and his familiar figure was always seen at any outdoor gather- ing in the Orford district. About three weeks ago he complained and came to his son's hotel in Cox- street to receive medical treatment. His condition gradually became worse, and the end was expected last week. Death eventually oc- curred on Thursday night about 10 o'clock, the cause of death being senile decay. Mr Roberts was a native of Tasmania, and came to Victoria when he was 9 years of age. A colonist of 74years, he was engaged at the Fiery Creek dig- gings. He took up farm work in the Yambuk district, and after- wards selected land at Broadwater. He was married at Warrnambool, his wife pre-deceasing him 34 years ago. He lived at Broadwater the greater part of his life, but the last 20 years he had resided at Orford, his single daughter giving him every attention. The living mem- bers of the family consist of Messrs George Roberts (Wagga, N.S.W.), Francis (Broadwater), John (St. Helens). Andrew (Port Fairy), Mesdames F. Brown (Queensland), R. Hinchcliffe (Hamilton), B. Pet- tingell (Portland), and Miss M. A. Roberts (Orford). The respected family are to be sympathised with in the loss of an indulgent father, who had not a single enemy. The funeral on Saturday to the Yambuk cemetery was attended by representatives from all parts of the district. Rev. Father Goidan- ich officiated at the grave, Messrs Guyett and Sons being the under takers.--" Gazette."