Obituary Notices Transcripts


Donald BAIN

Obituary Notice was published in The Timaru Herald (a New Zealand newspaper) on 8 April 1904.

Another of the old pioneers of the MacKenzie Country (Mr Donald Bain) passed away peacefully at his residence, Highfield, Burke's Pass on the 6th inst, at the ripe old age of 80 years. Mr Bain, who was a native of Applecross, Ross-shire, Scotland, came to New Zealand with his family about 30 years ago, and took up land in the Burke's Pass Valley in the old free selection days. Mr Bain was of a quiet unassuming disposition, and never took any active part in public matters. He was highly respected by all with whom he came in contact. He leaves a widow, four sons, two daughters and three grandchildren to mourn his loss. His funeral leaves his late residence for the Burke's Pass Cemetery at 1.00pm today.


Helen BAIN (nee GREIG)

Obituary Notice was published in The Timaru Herald (a New Zealand newspaper) on 6 December 1916.

The late Mrs Bain. What might truly be termed a link with the past was severed with the death of Mrs Helen Bain, of Temuka, relict of the late Donald Bain, of Highfield, Burke's Pass. The funeral took place yesterday at Burke's Pass, and was attended by a representative gathering from all parts of the district. The deceased was one of the few remaining pioneers. She was born at Conchra, Ross-shire, Scotland, in 1826, and came to New Zealand with her family in 1874 in the ship Pylades (sic), some of whose passengers had a narrow escape from drowning while landing in Timaru in surf boats. Mr Bain was one of the original selectors of land in the Burke survey district, where he resided until his death, about twelve years ago. Mr and Mrs Bain's hospital home at Highfield was a welcom shelter for many a weary traveller. Fairlie could then boast of only one or two houses. With marked ability and devotion, Mrs Bain performed the duties of maternity nurse for the whole of the Mackenzie Country for a great number of years, and gave much zealous personal service in every case, and never had a mishap, although no medical aid was nearer than Timaru. She had often to ford flooded rivers on horseback, and travel many miles over snow covered tracks, but, possessing a hardy constitution, these obstacles did not deter her from reaching her destination in every case. The striking traits in her noble character were unshakeable principles of right and unswerving integrity. She was gifted with a fine intelligence, and a wonderful memory. The mass of information, historical, Cetic, and biblical that she possessed was a source of wonder to all with whom she conserved, and her facts were seldom at fault, especially in Highland folklore. Two sons and a daughter predeceased her, the surviving members of the family being Mr Wm Bain of Fairlie, Mr A Bain of Auckland, Mrs McMaster, Cave, and Mrs M McLeod, Timaru, also numerous grandchildren. The Rev J Craig of Fairlie officiated both the church at Fairlie and the cemetery at Burke's Pass, and delivered a fine eulogy on the deceased pioneer.


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