The Late Mr. Briggs

The Late Mr. Briggs.—A very old colonist in the person of the late Mr. John Briggs passed away peacefully on Wednesday, March 21. The deceased was born in Northamptonshire on July 12, 1834, and arrived with his parents in South Australia in the ship ‘Poictiers’ on November 21, 1848. After visiting the Victorian goldfields, Mr. Briggs settled in Mintaro, where be resided for twenty-two years, during which time he was engaged in farming pursuits, and also as mail contractor between Mintaro Station and township. He was then appointed caretaker of the Pirie-street Exchange, which position he occupied with the utmost confidence and respect of his employers for the past fifteen years. Mr. Briggs leaves a widow and six children, four of whom are in the Convent of Mercy, Sisters M. Augustine and M. Gabriel at Angas-street, Adelaide, and Mother M. de Pazzi and Sister M. Josephine at Coolgardie, W.A. One daughter (Mrs. J. J. Nash) resides in Fremantle, W.A., while the other lives with her mother. The deceased, who was fortified with all the last rites of our Holy Church, was buried at West-terrace on Thursday last, Rev. T. Doheny officiating, and Revs. J. A. Conies and F. J. Adamson assisting at the graveside. Many handsome wreaths, especially those from the Convents of Mercy, Angas-street and Parkside, St. Vincent de Paul’s Orphanage, and the members of the Stock Exchange, were placed on the grave. ‘May his soul rest in peace.’