MR. FEDOR KELLING.
From "The Colonist," Oct. 25.)
Yesterday Mr Fedor Kelling passed away at the residence of his son, Mr E. C. Kelling, the Clerk of the Court. being in his 90th year. Deceased arrived at Nelson in 1844. In that year Count Ranzau' and Mr G. de Chapeaurouge bought seven allotments of land in the Nelson district from the New Zealand- Company with a view to forming German .settlements. Mr Fedor Kelling and his brother, Mr Charles Kelling, were put i» charge of this expedition, and with the management of the lands. Tlie expedition, which numbered about 200 souls, arrived at Nelson on September Ist, 13-14, in a vessel naaned the Skiold. Through the agency of the late Mr John Beit, a merchant from Hamburg, some Germans had previously arrived at Nelson by the ship St. Paul, and these settled in the Moutere Valley. The result of the Skiold expedition was the formation of tlie settlements at Ranzau, the Mouteres, Neudorf , Sarau and Waimea. East. In : 1869 the deceased was appointed as German Con/s\iJ, wihich position he Held for many years. The Emperor William I bestowed upon, him the cross of the Order of tlie Crown, in .recognition of his faithful services to .his countrymen. Deceased was a gentleman of superior ability, a.nd ■soon lie was called upon to take 'his part mi the management of the affairs of Nelson province by serving the people in the .. Provincial Council, which he did. for many years. Afterwards Jie was chosen as one of the 'representatives in the New Zealand Parliament. He always took a keen interest in educational matters, and was ever "a staunch supporter of any forward movement for educationally benefiting the people, particularly iii ; tlie direction, of, establishing village libraries. At the start of .the German settlements he had hardships, witJi much to worry and perplex him at times, but his resolute will, com- | bined with a cheery disposition enabled him to surmount all difficulties, and ihe lived to see the settlements substantially prosperous. He - was blest with- a. vigorous constitution and gool health almost to the closing hoiwis of his long life. He had a seizure on Saturday, and passed away yesterday inorning. Deceased was respected by all who knew- him, his uprightness and gentlemanly characwinning for him wmuch esteem.. He was a charter member, of the Southern Star Lodge .of Freemasons, and took part in many important functions, including th© opening street. His. family are grown up, and some of his grandchildren aiie married. The bereaved ones wiU have the sympathy of a large circle of friends.
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Colonist, Colonist, Volume LII, Issue 12698, 17 November 1909
MR. FEDOR KELLING. Colonist, Volume LII, Issue 12698, 17 November 1909
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