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OBITUARY. The late Mr. James Park Duwson' Laurie (whose death' was chronicled recently), was i son of the late Rev. Alexander Laurie, Presbyteriaii min ister of Portland, who came to' the State in the early days..' . He was born at Kongatong Station,. near Warrnanlibool, inl 1846, being 82 years of age at" the time of death, and he received his early' education at Portland, and at the close, of his scholaetic career he. became identi flied with journalistic pursuits. In 1860 Mr. Laurie, in conjunction with his brother, the late".Andrew Fred crick Laurie, established the "Bor dcr Watch" newspaper at Mount' Gambier, wilich heo contiiuued.for ten years, and. Tater the late Mr. Johni Watson joined his brother -in part nership, and the firm was,k kown as Laurie and .Watson. During. that period, in the year -18608 he took a trip to Europe and America, being a visitor at the. Paris exhibition of that year. He returned to South Australia after a lapse of. two years, and having sold his.,interest .in the "Border Watch," he .engaged in'pus toral pursuits at Charcut Station, between' Killanoola and -Peonola. Previously -he established the Lau rie Park Station, near- Narracoorte, on the Victorian border, owning at the same time a station property called Mulmoin, in the. Lower Darl lag, New South* Wales, in partner ship with his brother-in-law-the late Ml-r. A. M. Edward, of Mel bourne. 'In the year 1870; the late Mr. Laurie was elected to. the State House of Assembly for the, Victor inan district, and occupied the seat for five years, and his frank and out spoken manner made him quite an institution in.the House..- - He gave much attention to the affairs of the South-East while in Parliament, and some years afterwards he stood as a candidate, but 'lid not have the num bers to gain -for him 'another term in Parliament. In the 'year 1882 he was married at Portland to Miss Dora Kean,- youngest daughter of .the late Mr. Thomas Kean, of Port land,' who was connected with the port in the stevedoring business. His wife predeceased him, but three daughters .(Misses Daphne, Lily and Dorothy) and one son? (Mr. P. A. Laurie, of Kybybolite) survive.