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A telegiam vias received in Wellington yesterday aUunoon announcing tho death in Auckland of the Hon. Win. Kelfy, M.L.C., cne of the best-known settlers in that p;«rt of tho colony. The deceased was born in Comity Down. Ireland, in 18 a 0, and ariived in Auckland in 1863. For a year or two after his arrival he was engaged in connection with tho woik of supplies to the tioops. He settled in Opotiki in 1865, and carried on business theie for many years. He was a member of the Auckland Piovjncmi Council nr.til the piovinces were abolished, and he also occupied the position of chairman of the Tauranga County Council for seveial terms. In 1871 he was elected member of the House of Representatives for the East Coast, and held the seal until 1875. In 1887 he re-entered Parliament as member for Tauianga, and he remained a member of the Lower House until 1897, when ho wi\s called to the Legislative Council. The deceased had been in failfng health for facnie years, und his death was not quite unexpected. REFERENCES IN PARLIAMENT. A motion of sympathy with tho relatives of the'late Hon. W. Kelly, M.L.C., and appreciation of his services as a, public man, was passed in the Legislative Council yesterday. Tho Attorney-Gene-ral, and the Hons. George M'Lean, Major Harris, T. Thompson, and W. Beehan all. added their tribute to the worth of Mr. Kelly while he occupied a seat in the Legislature of the country. The Council adjourned at 4.55 as a maik'ol respect to the memory of the deceased. When the House met at 7.30 p.m. the Premier referred to the late Mr. Kelly's career both before and after he took an active interest in public affairs. He said every one would remember Mr. Kelly as a good man, and he was sure he was voicing ths sentiments of all in moving that the House should place on record its appreciation of his services, and extend to his relatives and friends sincere sympathy in their bereavement. Mr Massey said that the death of Mr. Kelly lemoved another link with the old provincial days. In the Auckland district he was known as one of the very best types of settlers. Mr. Kelly had studied very carefully the interests of the colony, and he had not left behind him a snjgle enemy. He seconded the resolution. Mr. Horries also* expressed regret at the death of the gentleman who formerly represented his (Mr. Herries') electorate in Parliament. The late Mr. Kelly was a sturdy pioneer — he was almost ar institution in the Bay of Plenty. He had represented the Bay of Plenty faithfully and well, and his name would be enshrined in the minds of all citizens in the Bay oi Plenty. He hoped New Zealand would produce many William Kellys. Mr. Flatman Gpoke in nppi eciation of the deceased. The motion was earned, and the House adjourned until 2.30 this afternoon out of lespect to the memoiy of the deceased.

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DEATH OF THE HON. W. KELLY., Evening Post, Volume LXXIV, Issue 71, 20 September 1907

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DEATH OF THE HON. W. KELLY. Evening Post, Volume LXXIV, Issue 71, 20 September 1907