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With the death of Mr Charles Ryan, at   Mt Macedon, on Saturday, passes away    

out of the oldest colonists and one of the few who, without taking part in public affairs, have become widely known are     respected Mr Ryan leaves behind him a widow

and several children, including Mr Charles   Ryan, the well-known surgeon, Mr Henry     Ryan, of the firm of Ryan, Hammond, and     Mates, of Queen-street; Lady Charles Scott,     and Mrs Ellis Rowan whose paintings of Australian Flowers have earned a worldwide reputation. He was a native of      

Kilfera in the county of Kilkenny but left     Ireland when still in his first youth to make  

Australia his home. He arrived here as   early as 1839 and when the country  

surrounding Melbourne was but primaeval   forest ventured out into what was then the   heart of the bush and took, up a tract of country on the Broken River, where he commenced squatting. His station he named Kilfera, after his native town, but it was far less civilised than his Irish namesake

for only two days before Mr Ryan's   arrival two shepherds who had preceded     him were murdered by the blacks. Not     withstanding the unfavourable outlook. Mr       Ryan stuck to his ground, and turned the   station into one of the most successful of   the district, relinquishing it only after some years to take up his better known place at     Longwood. This spot he called Killeen   and it was there that most of his children   were born. This property is now in the   hands of Mr Chomley, a brother of the   chief commissioner of police, to whom   Mr Ryan sold it on moving to    

Brighton in the early seventies. But for continuous life in the city Mr Ryan had no love and soon he Ielt Brighton for Macedon, where be has resided for the last 24 years. The residence at Macedon which   he occupied until his failing health forced

him to seek another less extensive, six months ago, was surrounded with gardens     which for variety of plants and beauty of     arrangement, is said to be unsurpassed in     any private grounds in Australia. As the     founder of Ryan and Hammond, Mr Ryan       has a reputation among those those       associated with pastoral pursuits extending   over the length and breadth of the country and there were few better known men   in Victoria. During the early days of the colony Mr Ryan was a participant in many     a stirring adventure and was present at   the capture of the notorious Captain Gepp and his gang of bushrangers at the Plenty Ranges. The bushrangers had stuck up a   homestead in the locality, and, surprising   the men on the station at breakfast, had   carried off all the arms in the place, in addition    to the rest of their loot. The owner     of the property, indignaint at the insult more than the loss, visited Melbourne in haste,       and after stating his case, a party headed by the late Mr Peter Snodgrass, a brotherinlaw    of Mr Ryan, and including that      

gentleman himself set out to capture or fight   the gang. Reaching the ranges at dusk the   party camped for the night and, on rising     next morning at daybreak one of the    

avengers found to his dismay that his horse   had slipped away during the night. Being   well aquainted with the district, Mr Ryan     remained behind with this man while the rest of the party went on, but as some hours search failed to reveal a sign of the missing animal, he abandoned the quest, and       set off on his own horse to overtake his com       panions. The morning was a very foggy           one, and after riding some miles at a hot speed Mr Ryan spied a party of horsemen     shimmering through the mist on the top

of a hill along the road. Cooeeing loudly,

he spurred his horse forward, and dashed     right into the midst of the bushranging    

gang. Mr Ryan was instantly disarmed,     and placed in the centre of the party, while a half-drunken fellow was put with him       to act as guard, and was instructed   not to be afraid to use the double-barrelled           gun he carried if occasion requires. As     the day progressed, the mist melted away, uni Hie hot Minimi, i s MUÍ p nu eil d >« n «« ith Luth mun it« tint Mi II in iske 1 th it he nu'lit be dloHcd to lcine the loul to get i dunk it one of the nunn cneks (,cpp hotuu i, declined lo tile iht n«l of let. ing lum "> mil olfueil lu« ptisemci t di ink

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