MRS ELIZABETH WILLIAMS. A very old and esteemed resident of the district passed away on Thursday morning in the person of Mrs Eliza- beth Williams, relict of the late Ro- bert Williams. Mrs Williams, who had reached the great age of 94 years, was born in Essex, England, and she ranked as an old colonist, and one of Ararat's earliest residents. Coming out from England in the Earl of El- gin, she landed in Sydney in 1852, and was married there to her first hus- band, J. Green. After twelve months' residence in New South Wales, she came to Victoria, and was on Bendigo and other rushes, coming to Ararat just before the Canton Lead was opened out. She settled at the north end of the lead, and resided there till her death. She was married to her se- cond husband in Ararat, and she leaves a family of three daughters - Mrs Weld, the wife of Dr. Weld, of Dromana, and Miss and Miss Lily Williams, of Ararat, to mourn the loss of a devoted mother. Though of re- cent years the infirmities of age ne- cessariy circumscribed the good work of the deceased, in the early days of the goldfield she was a great source of help and comfort to those in sick- ness and distress in her neighborhood, and she won the respect and esteem of all around her. The funeral took place yesterday afternoon, the remains being interred alongside those of her son in the Ararat Cemetery. There were a large number of wreaths on the coffin. The service of the Church of England was conducted at, the graveside by the Rev. H. E. Noltenius, B.A., and the coffin bearers were the Mayor (Cr T. J. Gossip), and Messrs P. M'Arthur, R. Hargreaves, jun., and Jas. Start. Mr J. Dunn was the un- dertaker.