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DEATH OF HON. W. KELLY.

FORMER REPRESENTATIVE OF

EAST COAST. A SHRINE IN THE MINDS OF OLD SETTLERS. (Per Press Association.) AUCKLAND, last night. Tlio death occurred at Auckland to-day of the Hon. W. Kelly, M.L.C., m his 67th year. Deceased represented Howick and Opotiki m the Auckland Provincial Council until the abolition of the provinces. He sat m the House of Representatives for a number of years, and was called to the Legislative Council m 1897. (From our Parliamentary Reporter.) WELLINGTON, this day. Parliament, m it 6 time-honored 'fashion, paid tribute to another departed legislator yesterday, the Hon. W. Kelly, a former representative of Gisborne, when our district was included m the East Coast electorate. • , When the House resumed at 7.30, Sir Joseph Ward said the sad duty* had once 'more fallen upon lum of having to announce the death of another hon. gentleman, who had once occupied a position ;in this Chamber for a number of years— tlie Hon. Wm. Kelly, who had died at Auckland that day. He briefly outlined the deceased legislator's life, recording the fact tliat he had; taken part m the Maori war, and had for a number of years represented the electorates of East Coast, Tauraoiga, and Bay of Plenty, eventually being called to the Legislative Council m 1897. The Lite gentleman, he added, hac! left behind him m the hearts of those who knew lum. tho memory of a genial, kindly disposition. He was a. good father and a good! citizen, and he was sure he had not left a single enemy throughout the length and breadth of the land. Throughout liis suffering, he had continued at his duties -uncomplainingly, and he felt certain he was expressing the sentiments of the whole House m tendering! to the bereaved! their sincere sympathy. Tlie Premier thereupon moved to place on record th© appreciation of the high services rendered to the colony by the late hon. gentleman. , ' The leadfer of the Opposition said : "The late Hon. Mr Kelly was a link' between the 'Provincial Councils of the olden days •and the present- time. In his death he had lost a personal friend, whose friendsliip he had valued very highly. He was one of the best types of settlers the colony had ever had. He was a genial, energetic settler, and, of whom it might 1 truthfully be said), that throughout his long IJarliamentary career he made not one enemy. As representative of the electorate which, the late Hon. Wm. Kelly had so long and! faithfully represented, Mr Herries said it would ill-become .liim if he did not take the opportunity of expressing th- deep regret tlie people of that district would hear of tlie death of that gentleman. He had gone to the Bay of Plenty m those early days when settlei ment was sparse, w-hen the Maori foe, now fortunately their loyal friends, were insistent, and had helped to lay down tlie foundations of the colony; which they now called Dominion, The foundations were laid on a broad basis, due to those souls who went out into the wilderness to lay it. Wjlliam. Kelly was an institution m tlie Bay of Plenty and East Coast m those days, when one almost took their life m their hands, travelling through the cotmtry to see to the welfare of one's constituents. The stories the late hon. .gentleman had told him of the difficulties and dangers of those days would almost make a modern man's hair sjand' on end. Th« contests which liad ensued between Captain Morris and Mr Kelly were .historical. In. the Bay of Plenty, he was quite certain, the memory , of William Kelly would long remain a shrine m the minds of/the older settlers of the East Coast. He was a kindly, genial man, a good citizen, and he had* passed to his long rest, and he hoped the young New ZeaJanders. would produce many William* Kellys to fill tlie place of* that type of settler which was now fast passing away. The motion was agreed to. and the House rose forthwith until this afternoon out of respect to the memory of the deceased. | (Per Press Association.) In the Legislative Council, the Attor-ney-General announced the death of the Hon. Wm. Kelly, and m a few words of eulogy of the deceased, moved : "That this Council place on record- its. appreciation of his services, and express condolence with the family."

The Hon. Mr McLean seconded. The Hons. Harris and Thompson, with tears streamine down their cheeks and with choking Titterancj?. referred to their private and public rcl-ilion-. with their late brother-member.

Tho Hon. Mr Beehan also spoke feelingly on felie sterling qualities of de-ceas-d. •'.-.-.

Tlie motion was carried, and the Council adjourned at 4.45, p.m. as a mark of respect to thc deceased legislator.

Tbe Hon. William Kelly (who for a time represented the East Cca6t electorate, ivhich included Gisborne and Opotdk... was born m County Louth, Ireland! m 1840. He arrived m New Zealand m 1863, and became a contractor for, troops stationed m Auckland. In 1865 he went to Opotiki, where he established a large business and had several vessels running between there and Auckland*. He contracted also for tlie troops stationed there and at Tauranga. In 1868 he was elected captain of tlie Bay of Plenty cavalry corps, and saw some active service m the Maori war. He represented Howick and Opotiki m the .Auckland Provincial Council until the abolition of the provinces. He sat m the House of Representatives for a number . of . years, and was called to the Legislative Council m 1897.

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DEATH OF HON. W. KELLY., Poverty Bay Herald, Volume XXXIV, Issue 11079, 20 September 1907

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DEATH OF HON. W. KELLY. Poverty Bay Herald, Volume XXXIV, Issue 11079, 20 September 1907

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