PERSONAL DEATH OF CR. ORMSBY. The sturdy pioneers who came to Australia in the early days of settle- ment to carve out homes for them- selves in this new land and establish an off-shoot of Britain under these southern skies, are gradually passing away. Cr. Phillip Ormsby, who died at his residence, "Lightwood Bank," Ellerslie, on Saturday morning last. at the age of 82 years, was one of these. and he "entered into rest" af- ter, a life nobly lived in the service of his fellows and with the con- sciousness of having done something to make the conditions of life better than he found them. He was a native of County Cork, Ireland, and as a young man went to the Dublin University to study medi- cine. Like many other young adven- turous spirits in those days, however, he was smitten with the desire to try his fortune in these southern lands, and relinquishing his University ca- reer he sailed for Australia in the "Champion of the Seas," reaching these shores in the early fifties. Af- ter spending a few months in Gee- long district, he went to the Ballarat diggings, where he remained for about three years, and afterwards en- ged in farming pursuits in the Learmonth district. When the land at Ballangocih and Ellerslie was thrown open for selection in 1865, Cr. Ormnsby took up an area on the banks of the Hopkins, at Ellerslie, and set tled down to sheep-farming and grazing. He was one of the first to recog- nise the great possibilities that exist- ed in the development of the dair- ing industry and manufacture of dairy products along co-operative lines, and he showed his confidence in the fu- ture of the principle of co-operation by taking an active part in the es- tablishment of' the Framlingham and Ellerslie Cheese and Butter Factory. of which he was Chairman of Direct- ors for eight years. He was also one of the founders of the Western Dis- trict Co-operative Factories Com- pany-an institution that has been of untold value to the dairymen of this district, and was a member of the original Board of Directors. He entered the Mortlake Shire Council, as representative of the Bal- langeich riding 35 years ago, being elected unopposed, and discharged the duties of the office with marked abil- ity and integrity, and without op- position during that long period. He occupied the position of President of the Shire for two years and was in office at the time the present King and Queen, as Duke and Duchess of York, visited Australia. The late Cr. Ormsby also acted as secretary to the trustees of the Ellerslie Ceme- tery, a position he had held almost from the foundation of the Trust. Throughout the whole of his pub- lie career he retained the confidence, goodwill and esteem of the people, whilst amongst his more intimate per- sonal friends he was held in affection- ate regard. He was a man of sterling character, unswerving rectitude and indomitable spirit,and one who com- manded the respect of all with whom be came in contact. His genial dis- position and ready wit made him a general favorite amongst his many friends. Possessing a kind, warm hearted and sympathetic nature, he was able to enter into the troubles of others, and often extended a help- ing hand to neighbours in distress. His going will leave a blank in the community in which he resided so long that will difficult to fill. He married a daughter of the late John McKellar, of Ballangeich and had a family of four sons and seven daughters. One of the sons was kill- ed in action in France a few months ago. The widow and surviving mem- bers of the family have the deepest sympathy of a wide circle of friends throughout the district in their be- reavement. The funeral took place on Monday, and the large number of representa- tive men from all parts of the dis- tircit who assembled round the grave side was an eloquent testimony to the general regard in which the de- ceased was held. Crs.? Murch, Macrae, Brumley, Allan, Armstrong and Montgomery and Messrs. J. McKellar and A. Stewart (senr.) acted as pall- bearers, while relatives of the de- ceased acted as coffin-beraers.