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"BACKTO HAMILTON." There will be a noteworthy aesemblsga of Western District pioneereat the "Home to Hamilton" celebrations which are to extend from the 24th February to the 3rd March next. Hamilton is one of the oldest towns in Victoria. The district was settled a few years after the historic expedition of Major Mitchell, in 1836, and a township was estalished on the Grange Creek, which became the town of Hamilton to-day. During the intervening years descendants of families who were indentified with the opening up of this famous district have spread to all parts of the Commonwealth, and already over eight hundred of them from every State in the Commonwealth have accepted invitations to return to the approaching home coming. The Colo bratione Committee has made ulaborate preparations for their entertainment. On the arrival of a special train from Melbourne on the 24th February an offical welceme home will be extended ; on Mon. day evening there will he a welcome home aocial in the town hall ; and thereafter will follow n comprehensive programme of engagements, including specinal Church pervices, bund recitals, back to schuol festivities, visits to beauty spots, lodge and soldiers' reounions; nonater picnic. race and oports meetings, cricket match between past end present players, swim ming and boat races on the Grange, bowlers' gymkhana, torch light processions. open-air entertoinmnnta, ancient and modern dance orcials, croquet and tennis tourneye, terrier coursing, gun club shoots, picture entertaninlents, etc. Old lInmil toniana who have not received an offlcial invitation are requaested to communicate with Mr. FI. J. I.alev, soerotary of the ecack to IHamilton Committee, The s,s, IBoveric, from Glasgow, arrived at the port on Friday and took up the berth vacated by the Trowinnard. She .will lift about 80,0000 bags for abroad. The wheat is coming to hand much faster, and tho loadinit is expected to be completed by Wednesday.

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