One by one the old pioneers who have helped to make Queensland history, and have seen the colony grow from its small beginning into the important position it now holds among the Australian colonies, are passing away. Another of them has just been claimed by death in the person of Mr. William Melton, who had attained the ripe old age of 80 years. He made his first acquaintance with Brisbane forty-seven years ago, having arrived in the barque Agrícola in 1853. He at once settled down in South Brisbane, and has resided there ever since. In the earlier years he was employed with the late Captain T. Winship in assisting to build some of the first steamers which plied on the Brisbane River. Mr. Melton was a native of Bury St. Edmunds in Suffolk. He has left behind him the aged helpmate of his life and a family of three sons and eight daughters and many grandchildren to mourn their loss.
ANOTHER OLD COLONIST GONE. (1900, September 4). The Brisbane Courier (Qld. : 1864 - 1933), p. 3. Retrieved November 7, 2011, from TROVE