Obituary. After an illness extending over a period of nearly two years, the death occurred at the Casterton hospital on Tuesday morning last of Mrs. Louisa Black, at the age of 73 years. A widow of the late Mr. John Black, whose demise occurred at Casterton some twenty years ago, the deceased lady was one of the oldest-born Cas tcrton residents, and spent her whole life in that district. Her parents, the late Mr. and Mrs. George Sealey, came to Casterton when there were only two houses in that town, which at the time was overrun with black fellows. After her marriage, Mrs. Black resided with her husband in Miller Street, where the family re mained until fifteen years ago, when five years after her husband's death, Mrs. Black went to reside with her son, Mr. George Black, when he sel ected the homestead block at Nan geela on the subdivision of that es tate for settlement of soldiers after the war. On one occasion Mrs. Black and her husband had their house in Miller St. destroyed by fire, but rebuilt their home on the same site. It was only of recent years that the deceased lady suffered a serious decline in health, being of a robust and cheerful nature, and having an untiring energy that was the admiration of her many friends and acquaintances. She always maintained a lively interest in public affairs, and particularly in the social life of the town, and its en vironments, where she was much es teemed for her very charitable na ture to all worthy objects. A wide circle of friends was not confined solely to Casterton and Nangeela, as many Portland residents knew the deceased lady well and favorably. Following the loss of her husband, Mrs. Black suffered a severe loss when a son, Gordon, a runner at tached to 10th Brigade headquarters staff, was killed at Paschendale on the 4th October, 1917, a period when most of the severe fighting in the Ypres sector was in progress. Four sons and four daughters survive their mother. The sons are---Messrs. E. J. Black, "Baroona," Dunrobin ; G. Black ("Homestead," Nangeela, and who was also a member of the same brigade in the A.I.F. as his de ceased brother); Stanley Black, "Carinya," Nangeela ; and Mr. Wal ter Black, Petone, New Zealand. The daughters are:-Susan (Mrs. H. Holden), Casterton ; Lilian (Mrs. W. C. Dunne), Portland ; Christina (Mrs. J. North), Port McDonnell; and Florence (Mrs. Albert Brunton), Vite Vite. Surviving brothers and sisters are:--Mr. Clarence Sealey (Mt. Gambier), Mr. Fred Sealey (Powelltown, Gippsland), Messrs. Alfred and John Sealey (Casterton), Mr. William Sealey (Corndale), Mr. James Sealey (Melbourne), Mrs. William Baxter (Casterton), and Mrs. A. Hughes (Sydney). The funeral took place on Wednesday, when a long cortege left Scots Church, Casterton, for the local cem etery. The large and varied num ber of beautiful wreaths sent from all parts of the district presented a fitting testimony to the high esteem in which the deceased was held. The Rev. R. Rankin conducted the ser vices at the church and graveside, and the funeral directors were Messrs. W. J. Peden and Son.