Obituary. MR. J. B. PEARSON. Anthber old pioneer who was very prominently identified with the early history of this district and other parts of the Commonwealth passed away at the local Hospital on Friday morning last in the person of Mr. Joseph Bell Pearson. The deceased was the second son of Mr. John Pearson, late of Portland, and was born on the voyage out from England to Tasmania, where his father was going to take possession of the Douglas Park estate, near Campbelltown. Alter selling out there his father came to Portland, and from there purchased the Retreat estate, near Casterton, in 1844. The late Mr. J. B. Pearson was educated by a tutor on the estate, and afterwards at Browning'. Academy in Portland. Subsequently he worked with his brother, Mr. John Pearson, on a small estate near Merino, and later their father bought for them the Warrayure estate. Selling this property, the two brothers purchased a cattle and horse station on the Clarence River, and on selling this Mr. J. B. Pearson joined the firm of Messrs. Powwers, Rutherford and Co., acting as manager of the Ballarat branch for some years. Leaving this firm, Mr. Pearson leased the Blythvale estate, near Strea- tham, for five years; during which time he married Miss Mary Abbott, of Bal- larat. On the expiry of the lease he leased the Muntham estate for a consi- derable number of years, and afterwards Dunmore, in conjunction with Mr. Cuthbert, of Ballarat. he then joined Messrs. Bree, Dickens and Co., of Ham- ilton, stock and station agents, and re- sided at Portland. After severing his connection with this firm he managed the Ballangeich estate, near Warrnam- bool, and on that being sold acted in a similar capacity at Wonda Dale till ths property was also sold. He then retired into private life. and lived for some years in Hamilton, and latterly in this town. His wife predeceased him, and he leaves one daughter and four sons, one of whom lives in New South Wales, and others In Queensland. The late Mr. Pearson was, in his early days an excellent horseman, a confere of Mr. Adam Lindsay Gordon and Mr. Bob Learmonth, whose early exploits were the talk of the countryside. Mr. Pear- son, besides owning many good race- horses, was often successful in the saddle, and won important jumping races, one noted performance being his win on Ingleside in Ballarat, when he defeated Adam Lindsay Gordon's mount. Mr. Pearson was also a noted pigeon shot, and the winner of many trophies. With the late Messrs. R. L. Lloyd and J. R. Learmonth, he was looked upon as the best field shot in the Western district. Probably no man could have given a more interesting history of the early days in these parts, and many will regret that this has been lost to posterity. The interment, which was largely attended, took place at Hamilton.