OBITUARY. MRS JOHN BASHAM. It is with much regret that we have to record the death of Mrs Sarah Basham, the wife of Mr John Basham, one of the pioneer residents of Ararat. Mrs Basham, who had reached the age of 69 years, had been for some time in failing health, suffering from an inter- nal malignant growth, and though it was realised that an improvement in her health could not be hoped for, her death, at an early hour yesterday morn- ing, came as a severe shock to a num- ber of friends. The deceased lady, who was a daughter of the late Leonard Clark, of Cathcart, who filled the posi- tion of the first gardener at Burrum- beep Estate for Messrs Chirnside and Logan, was born in Herefordshire, Eng- land, and, came with her parents to Australia when quite a child, and lived at Cathcart till shortly before her mar- riage to Mr Basham. She was married at Ararat on the 10th January, 1866, and was thus within a few months of the date of her golden wedding. Of a family of thirteen, nine survive, five sons a four daughters. The former are Messrs Edward John Ararat), Al- fred Leonard (Melbourne), Walter James (Melbourne), and Harold and Reuben, of Lakes Entrance, Cunning ham; the: daughters being Mrs J. M'Kay, F. J. Stephens and P. Wheat- land, Ararat, and Mrs M. Edwards, of Hamilton. During a life long resi- dence in the district Mrs Basham won the esteem and affection of many sin- cere friends, who will learn of her de- mise with sorrow, and who will sympa- thise with the bereaved family in the loss of a most exemplary parent. The remains of the deceased are to be in- terred in the Ararat Cemetery this af- ternoon.