OBITAURY. MR HUGH M'DONALD. It is with much sorrow that we have to record the death of Mr Hugh M'Donald, of Mount Ararat, the sad event occurring at his residence on Saturday morning last. The deceased gentleman had reached the extreme age of 83 years, and until a few weeks ago he retained his bodily and mental vigor in a remarkable degree. A short time since he contracted an acute at- tack of influenza, and at one time appeared to be successfully shaking it off, when, however, bronchitis super- vened, and he steadily failed, and suc- cumbed to heart failure consequent upon the attack. The deceased was born in Kilmahalmah, Ross-shire, Scotland, and came out to Australia in the ship Tasmania in 1854, in the days of the great gold discovery. He was thus a colonist of 63 years. On land- ing in Victoria he started gold-mining, and was at practially all the great rushes in the State and also in New Zealand. In the later fifties he went to that State and with his brother opened up a big field there. Return- ing to Victoria he in the sixties se- leted land at Mount Ararat, and sub- sequently by purchase built up the very fine property now comprised in the Mount Ararat Estate. The de- ceased leaves a widow and a family of three sons and two daughters, the former being Mr William M'Donald, manager of the Urana (N.S.W.) branch of the Bank of New South Wales, and Messrs Alexander and Angus M'Don- ald, of Mount Ararat, his daughters also residing on the estate. The re- mains of the deceased were interred in the family grave at the Moyston Cemetery yesterday afternoon, being followed to their last resting place by many sorrowing friends. The coffin,
which was of polished oak, was cover- ed with beautiful wreaths. The ser- vice at the grave was conducted by the Rev A. Hamilton Ross, of the Beaufort Presbyterian Church. The pall-bearers were Messrs M. Heenan, A. Fraser, D. Chisholm, A. Polson, A. Clarke, D Troy, D. Cumming and J. Warne. The coffin-bearers were Messrs J. Cooper, R. Ward, J. Polson, and F.Shields. Mr J. Dunn carried out the funeral arrangaments.