One of the pioneers of the province, in the person of Edward O’Connell (Dunedin), late of Hyde, died on Thursday evening at the residence of his son, Mr J. E. O’Connell, Frankton (wires our Queenstown correspondent). The deceased arrived in the district the week before Easter on a visit, and shortly afterwards became a victim to influenza. This was followed by bronchitis, to which he succumbed. The late Mr O’Connell, who was in his eightieth year, was born at Listowel, (Lahardane) County Kerry, Ireland. In his early manhood he embarked for New Zealand in the ship Bengal (sic), (Bombay) arriving in Otago in 1861. The gold fever attracted him to several of the well–known fields, including Wetherstones, Hogburn, Hamilton, and Manuherikia; he also found his way to the West Coast in 1867. Mr O’Connell settled in Hyde. There he still engaged in mining pursuits. Subsequently he went in for farming at Rock and Pillar, where he also had a sheep run. About a year ago he retired and went to live with his daughter (Mrs Casey) in Dunedin. The other members of the family are Mr James O’Connell (Macraes), Father D. O’Connell (Oamaru), Messrs R. and M. O’Connell (Central Otago), and J. E. O’Connell (Frankton). Mrs O’Connell predeceased her husband exactly nine years ago. The remains were conveyed on Friday evening to Hyde, where the interment took place.

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