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Obituary. MR. MARK KERR. Another old district pioneer in the person of Mr Mark Kerr passed away at his home at West Portland on Saturday morning last alter a most agonising illness extending over 15 months, and thus is removed another old connecting link with.the past. The deceased gentlemanupwho was 75 years of age at the time of his death, was a native of Portland, being born at the old Police Paddock,,:not tar- from ,he house in which he died. His father was a doctor by professtud, though it is doubhlul if he practiced at Portland. The late gentleman was closely con* nected with the early itstory of the district, and had a thorough knowledge of lis geography. He was on the roads as a teamster before the railway was built to Portland, and engaged in trans porting the wool and other produce from the north to the port for shipment. An lnteresting old person to converse with, he would tell of stirring incidents which occurred in the days of his youth, pasticularly as regards sport, of which he was a keen follower right up to the time when ill-health laid him aside. For a great number of years Mr Kerr was the proprietor of the Emu Flats Hotel, Kentbruck, from where be removed to Portland, remain ing there till the cod. He leaves a grown-up iaunily of four daughters and a son. Three of the former are married, one being Mrs Mc Eachern, of Nelson, and another Mrs Bert Tucker, of Casterton. The remains were interred in the Portland cemetery this afternoon.,

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