OBITUARY. MRS ELIZABETH STOCK. One of the early pioneer residents of the State, and one who had been living in this district for over half a century, died on Thursday evening last in the person of Mrs Elizabeth Stock, the re- lict of the late George Stock. Mrs Stock had reached the great age of 95 years, being born at Weston-super Mare in Somersetshire, England, on the 6th May, 1823. She has lived in the reigns of no less than five British monarchs. George IV was on the throne when she was born, William IV was crowned when she was a girl, and Queen Victoria before she left England, whilst Edward, VII and George V reigned whilst she was in Australia. The deceased was married in England, but sailed, for Australia soon after- wards, and landed at Geelong on the 28th October, 1852. The following year, with her husband and two young children, she went to Ballarat, and was there at the time of the Eureka riots. After visiting the Forty Foot rush at Sta- well, they came to Ararat at the time of the Commissioner's Hill rush, and following the rushes at Amphitheatre, Barkly and Landasborough finally set- tled in Ararat in 1867, and for years resided at Moore's Reef. For a con- siderable time, after the death of her husband, she has lived on the Avoca road on a compact property. Of a family of eleven seven survive being four sons and three daughters, the sons being Messrs William and Alfred Stock, of Ararat, John (Glenlyon), and Thomas (Essendon), and the daughters Mrs Thomas, Dunneworthy; Mrs Fair- bairn, Mount Cole, and Mrs Walters of the Avoca road. The remairs of the deceased are to be interred, in the lo- cal cemetery this afternoon.