: PIONEER PASSES. A very old and respected pioneer in the person of Mrs. A. McLean died .at .her 'residence at Hotspur on the 4th inst., at the venerable age of 94 years. Born in the Isle of Skye in 1838, the deceased lady sailed for Australia from Portsea with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. John McDonald in'1852, in the sailing ship New Zealand, arriving in Portland early in the following year. After landing her passengers and cargo safely, the crew went ashore after setting fire to the vessel, which was burnt in the bay. The family left Portland and settled in Hotspur. In 1860 the deceased lady married Mr. A. McLean, and they made their home in Hotspur, where the late lady lived, until the time of her death. Her husband predeceased her twenty-five year's ago. Three sons and five daughters were born of the marriage. Two sisters (Mrs. D. Mclntosh, "Glencoe," Digby, and Mrs. D. McKinnon, Ettrick) survive her. The late Mrs. McLean always enjoyed the best of health until the last three years, when she was confined to her bed. A large gathering of relatives and friends followed her remains to the Hotspur cemetery, where she was buried. The burial service was conducted by Mr. Booth, of Merino, the mortuary arrangements being in the hands of Mr. C. Kohh, Merino.