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A W?ESTERN DISTRIOT PIONEER. The IIobatt correspondent of the Argue write:--The death of the lion. lJames Whyte on Sunday last makes another gap in 1t list of our old public men, anl it nalso reduces the iumiber of tile early pie. fleecrs of Victoria. Mr. Whyte can lie set down nas i very old colonist. IIo was horn in March, 1820, and ar rived in Tasmania in 1832, with his parents, live birothers, and one sister. The latter married Mr. William Robert son, late of Colec, but all the others are dead. In 1838 Air. Whyte crossed tlhe Straits, and with a good lot of sheep stocked a rttn at Portiand known as Kononwootong. In conjunctior with his brother he carried on it large business iunder the style of Whtyte Brothers, who were tihe pioneers of the township of Coleraine. I! afterwards beceaime pro prietor of a large station at Clhines, on whrich at i subseqluent inte the Port Phil lip Guold Mline was discovered. The pro. Irietors of the station wore lesrs. Whyte, Lane, and McDonail, and the royalty front this mine broughlt IMr. VWhyte in a hand some incomeI. 1e returnetd to Tasmania in 1853:, and entered pluhlic life. In 18541 he contested Brighton, and was defeated by 1)r. Butler, the present member for that constitlency. In 185i hlie cets re turned for I'ellbroke without opplosition, tuad for several eares wtas Cithirutnit of comminttees. Is 18t;:3 Mr. White formed it Mintistry, with himself as Premier ant Colotnial Secretary, and this lasted fromt Jlunarv of that year till November .1, 188(i, whlen i dissoiluttion took place. andt Mr. Whyte found himself out of ollice on tai appeal to the country. In 18630 Mr. Vhile- truredl his attention to the eradil cation of sceb in shceep, still iin October of that year lie suteeeulh in getting a scabt act passedu. 11e took Ech an interest in thle llciasure that lh (?.lolrnmnlct itnlceid him to acep t the olieo iof chief inspector, whih was hld to the time of his death. Mr. WhrIte during his career Ihadi something to do with tI'.w pIress. Ile was no of the origiunl proptietors of the Titsmianiai? Daily Ncew,i. and transferre.l his interest in it to the lato Ir. John Davies, the father of the present proprietors of the .Mlercury. Ar. VWhyte was ia member of soveral of our leoal governing bodies, and in every respect a ma)tt muchI estooitled. Ills funeral was largely attenlded by morn leres of I,both branches of the Legislature. Out of respect to his memory both IIoises nadjourned.