The death occurred yesterday of Mr. William Charles Vahland, one of Bendigo's oldest pioneers. Mr. Vahland, who was 87 years of age, was an architect by profession, and the many public buildings designed by him in the goldfields city include the town hall, hospital, School of Mines, Benevolent Asylum, Mechanics' Institute, Royal Princess Theatre, Masonic Hall, and the Alexandra Fountain. For 38 years he was chairman and managing director of the Bendigo Mutual Permanent Land and Building Society. He had been a justice of the peace for over 40 years, and a member of the hospital committee and administrative council of the School of Mines for many years. He was secretary of the Golden and Corinthian Lodge of Freemasons, and in 1904 he published a History of Freemasonry in Bendigo. He was a P.D.G.M. of the order, and at one time he was mayor of the city.
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