Obituary MRS. JOHN GILLIES, SENR. A long and honored earthly career closed early yesterday morning with the passing of Mrs. John Gillies, senior, at the age of 90. This wonderful old pioneer had enjoyed remarkably good health during the greater part of her life, and until quite recently was in full possession of all her faculties. Though ailing for some time, it was not until the beginning of the present week that the coming of the end was manifested. Medical aid was sought, but the extreme age of Mrs. Gillies placed her beyond the realm of human help, and she expired at 7 o'clock at her residence, Pynsent-street, where she had been faithfully attended by her daughter, Mrs. Robert Clark.
The deceased, whose maiden name was Sybella Gain, was the daughter of George Gain, a Scottish grazier, and she was a native of Glasgow. She had lived in Victoria for 63 years, and for most of that time was a resident of Horsham. She had been married three times, first, at the age of 19 to Mr. John Morrison in Glasgow and then in turn to Mr William Nipe and Mr John Gillies, the last-named of whom will be remem- bered as the pioneer of the flour-milling industry in Horsham. Children were born to her at each union, but only one each of the first and second families remain - Mrs Robert Clark and Martha (Burgess nee Nipe) who lives in England. A daughter of the third marriage, Sybylla, was Mrs. Norman Drummond, who up to the time of her death some years ago resided in Horsham. Mrs. Alfred Maides and Eliza Gain Morrison, both deceased, were among the members of the first family, and will be remember- ed by old residents of the town. The late Mrs. Gillies was of a quiet, homely disposition. She knew the Horshan dis- trict better than anyone now living having observed the growth of the town almost from the earliest days of its settlement. She was one of the foundation members of the Horsham Presbyterian Church, having attended the first service conducted by the Rev. George Hogg, and until growing infir- mity forbade it she was a constant worshipper in the church. She was of a kindly nature, and was regarded with affection by all who knew her. A few years ago she was a familiar figure at the annual Old Folks at Home gather ings conducted by the young people of the local churches, and she frequently furnished patrons of the gatherings with anecdotes of early life on the Wimmera. When the jubilee of the Presbyterian church was celebrated in 1908 Mrs. Gillies was one of the most interesting figures in the series of gatherings, and her religious ardor was then remarked upon. The funeral will take place to-day (Friday), moving at 3 p.m. from her residence. Pynsent-street.
Mr. and Mrs. .J. Bye. of Wilson street. have suffered a sad bereavement by the death of their six months old daughter. The death yccurred on Monday last of Robert Gardiner O'Keefe. the nfant son and only child of Mr. and Mfrs. Thomas O'Keefe. of Pimpinio, aged 14 months. SThe sudden demise of Mrs. R. M[ Kenzie, of Wallup. following so closely upon the death of her husband. Mr. Rod M' Kenzie. which occurred only a few weeks ago. came as a pain ful shock to her relatives and friends. Mrs. 3MKlenzie had just returned from a short change of scene, necessitated. by the sad event of the death of her li usband and his long nursing. and was feeling very well. On Thursday morn ing she was about as usual, but later she was noticed to be unwell, and was assisted to bed, where she rapidly be camle worse and lost consciousness, .nd expiri:g at 6 o'clock in the evening: the cause being cerebral hemorrhage. The death of Mr. William Heonry bhard removes an old identity and in teresting personality of the Western district. Born at Portland Isle. in th' County of Dorsetshire. England. Mr:. Chard. when quite a youth. ran away to sea. and qualifying as a ship's cook. he eventually found himself at Portlandi. Victoria. There hie and a mate ran away from their ship, and Mr. Chard used to recount with pleasure how he escaped, although it was always a mat ter of regret that his mate, who was in the same house, was caught and suf fered imprisonment. He was S4 years of age. Another of the old Mr. Gambier re sidents. Mr. Malcolm M'Kinnon, who for over 50 years had been an employee on Mount Schank Estate, passed away on Saturday, April '16. at ,the age of 7S years. He was born in. Scotland, and came to Australia about 70 years ago with his parents.