Transcripts for William BAIN


Obituary Notice

Published in The Timaru Herald 8 September 1926

The ranks of the MacKenzie County early settlers are being depleted fast. The death is recorded of another pioneer, Mr William Bain, in his seventy first year. He had been farming and stock dealing in the vicinity of Fairlie for over forty years. His father, with a family of four sons and three daughters, settled in the district about 53 years ago, and the surviving members of the family are still well known residents there.

Mr William Bain was well known and respected by a large circle of friends and acquaitances. He was one of the founders of the MacKenzie County Caledonian Society, and officiated as judge of Highland games for many years at Caledonian gatherings through the district. His own dexterity at Highland Games in his youthful days was hard to surpass. He was also one of the founders of the MacKenzie County Agricultural and Pastoral Association, and a frequent and successful exhibitor, his knowledge of all classes of stock was very complete.

The large concourse of people that assembled at the graveside to pay their last respects to the deceased, was ample proof of his popularity. Many of those present travelled from remote districts of the Canterbury and Otago. It was a typical Highland funeral. Piper George Cowan led the cortage from the main road to the grave, playing appropriate laments in orthodox style.

Mr Bain left a family of three daughters to mourm their loss. His wife predeceased him about ten years ago.


Return to home page