Webmaster's note: The surname was spelled Slavin in the heading and Slaven in the story; we're going with Slaven as that's the spelling used by descendants today.
Our Springhurst correspondent writes:
It is with regret that I have to announce the death of a very old and respected resident of Springhurst in the person of Mr Jeremiah Slaven, at the Wangaratta Hospital on Friday, at 6 a.m. Mr Slaven had not been in good health for some time, and a few months ago went to live with some members of his family in Melbourne, but as his health did not improve he returned to Wangaratta about a fortnight ago, and gradually sank until the end came as stated, his trouble being an affection of the heart. The deceased, who was 73 years of age, was born in Tipperary, Ireland, on March 7th, 1842. He arrived in New Zealand with his brothers when but 14 years of age, and engaged in mining in the Otago district. Coming to Victoria at an early age he followed up mining at Taradale, in the Castlemaine district for a time. He then went to Tasmania, but soon returned to Victoria and obtained work on the construction of the N.E. Railway and worked right through to Wodonga when he received a permanent appointment as ganger from the Government, about 1874, and settled at Springhurst, where he remained until the retiring age. While on the railway he selected land adjacent to the railway, about half-a-mile from the township, where he made his home. His wife predeceased him 27 years ago. Five sons and four daughters mourn the loss of a devoted father— Frank (Wodonga), James (North Melbourne), Phillip (Rutherglen), (all being in the Railway department) Jeremiah (Coolamon, N.S.W.), Herbert (Sydney), and Mesdames Howell (Benalla), Smith (Melbourne), O'Brien and Connor (Springhurst). The funeral took place on Saturday and was followed by a large number of sorrowing friends to the Chiltern cemetery. The mortuary arrangements were carried out by Mr A. Smith, Mr J. J. Handby carrying out the Wangaratta portion. Rev Father Cremin read the burial service.
Rutherglen Sun and Chiltern Valley Advertiser (Rutherglen, Victoria, Australia), October 19, 1915.