DEATH OF AN OLD COLONIST.
A very old resident of this town and dis-
trict, Mr Peter Learmonth, J P , died at his residence, Prestonholme, near Hamilton, last night, from a paralytic stroke. He was a native of Edinburgh and arrived in tins colony in 1851, and after a short time spent on the diggings turned his attention to pastoral pursuits. He became manager of the Merino Downs Station for the late Mr. Frank Henty till 1859, when he removed to the Grange, as Hamilton was then called and built a flour mill on the banks of the Grangeburn Creek, where he resided till his death. Later he became owner of the Corea Estate. Some years ago he sent two of his sons to New Mexico, having purchased for them 82,000 acres from the late Mr David M Kellar, which land they still hold. He also estab- lished a business in Hamilton as a wool and grain merchant. He took a leading part in establishing the Hamilton and the Alexandra Colleges and the local hospital, and was first in any movement which had for its object the advancement of the town and district. As municipal councillor he did good service, first in the Dundas shire, then in the Hamil-
ton borough. Having had a paralytic stroke some years ago he admitted his son Harold into partnership and retired from the more active part of the business. For some time his health had failed, and he died at the age of 74. He leaves a widow seven sons and one daughter.
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