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Harcus, William, J.P., was a native of England, and brought up to the ministry of the Independent Church. He emigrated to South Australia in 1866, and occupied the pulpit of Clayton Church, Norwood, in that colony; but soon left the ministry to join the staff of the South Australian Register. Subsequently he became editor of the Advertiser—a position which he held till his death. He was commissioned by the Government to compile an account of the colony, which was published by Messrs. Sampson Low & Co., under the title "South Australia: its History, Resources and Productions." He died on August 10th, 1886, at the age of fifty-six.