OBITUARY. MR ALFRED BYRON. Death has removed from our midst one of the oldest residents of the dis- trict in the person of Mr Alfred Byron, of Denicull Creek which sad event occurred at his late residence at an early hour on Thursday morning last. The deceased was born at Ashton- under-Tyne, in the County of Lanca- shire, in the year 1840, therefore, he was seventy-six years of age at the time of his death. When the deceased was only ten days old his parents left England for Australia, and after landing there they were not long in settling down at Belfast, which is now known as Port Fairy. As years rolled on, and deceased reached manhood, he visited the different goldfields and then eventually settled down in the Ararat district, going to the Denicull Creek district forty-six years ago, where he reared a large family, and where he continued to reside until the time of his death. The deceased, after retir- ing from mining, followed the occupa- tion of a farmer. He had been ailing for some time past, and abthough he re- ceived the best medical attention, he passed away as above stated, the cause of death being carcinoma of the liver. The late Mr Byron was one of the most highly respected residents of the dis- trict, and his death is deplored by a large circle of friends. His wife pre- deceased him about two years ago. He leaves to mourn their loss a grown up family of one son and, five daughters, viz., Mr Thomas Byron, Denicull Creek; Mrs J. Cooper, Rocky Point; Mrs G. Taylor, Geelong; Mrs W. Dow, Wil- laura; Mrs W. Taylor, Armstrongs; and Mrs Reg. Hinchliffe, Langi Logan. The funeral is announced to take place this afternoon, the cortege moving from his late residence, "Fairfield," Denicull Creek, for the Ararat Ceme- tery at one o'clock.
MR WILLIAM HOWARD. Much regret will be felt by old resi- dents of the district at the death of Mr William Howard, who ranked as one of Ararat's pioneer residents, the sad event occurring on Thursday morning last. The deceased, who was 83 years of age, came to Australia in the fifties, and was at the old Mount Ara- rat rush, and on the opening of the Canton lead he came to this side of the range, and engaged in mining. Subsequently removing to Moyston, he worked on the old Campbell's reef in the Kangaroo and Morning Star claims. He afterwards went to Sta- well, where he resided for some years, but subsequently returned to Ararat to undertake asphalting work for the Borough Council, and he resided here continuously from that date. At one time he took a prominent part in some of the social movements of the town, and being a skilful step dancer used to contribute appreciated items in local entertainments. He was a matchmak- er by trade, and carefully preserved some of the appliances used in their making before the introduction of per- fected automatic mechanism. He was thrice married, and leaves a widow, a daughter of the late John White, to mourn her loss. The remains of the deceased were interred in the Ararat Cemetery yesterday, being followed to their last resting place by a numerous cortege of sorrowing friends. The cof- fin was borne to the grave by Messrs W. Timmins, J. Lannen, W. Radley, and A. Blake, and the burial service of the Roman Catholic Church was conducted at the graveside by the Rev. Father Barrett. Mr J. Dunn was the undertaker.