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Kelly, James (1844–1904)

We regret having to record the death of Mr. James Kelly, the well-known grazier and farmer of Cambusdoon, Yerong Creek. The sad event occurred on Tuesday and could not be said to be wholly unexpected, as the deceased gentleman had been ailing for a considerable time. Latterly he was attended by Dr. Cameron, of Henty, and had also the assiduous care of a trained nurse (Miss E. Bellair, of Wagga) for some months. During his long illness he rallied on more than one occasion, thus temporarily raising the hope of his family, but it was seen latterly that permanent recovery could not be looked for. On Tuesday morning, it was evident that the end was rapidly approaching, and before his death occurred he was surrounded by all the members of his family at present at Cambusdoon. Mr. Kelly was one of the most successful settlers in this part of Riverina, and was highly respected by the whole community. For years he acted as a member of the M. P. and A. Committee, and was elected to the Stock and Pastures Board when that body was called into existence. He was a thoroughly practical farmer and grazier, and not withstanding the bad seasons experienced for four or five years, he was never heard to complain much of his losses. Of a kindly disposition; he was always willing to lend a helping hand when help was needed and had earned the good wishes of the residents over an extensive area of country. In all business transactions he bore the repute of being in the highest degree straightforward and honorable.

Born at Girvan, Scotland, he came to Australia at the age of 21, and first settled in Kapunda, South Australia, where he spent 16 years. On leaving that district he came to New South Wales direct, and took up his abode at Cambusdoon, where he has resided for the past 25 years until his death. He has left four sons and six daughters, among whom are Mrs. Roland Love, of Yerong Creek, and Mrs. C. Adams, of Dubbo. His remains, which were encased in a handsome silver mounted coffin and interred yesterday in the Presbyterian portion of the Yerong Cemetery, the pall bearers being Messrs. James Allen, and W. Snodgrass, and J. Hillam, brothers in-law of the deceased gentleman. Messrs. G. Plunkett, Gus Cox, C. R. Smith, and W. Hovenden carried the coffin from the hearse to the grave. The funeral was largely attended, over 30 vehicles and a number of horsemen forming the cortege. The funeral arrangements were in the hands of Mr. J. McIntosh, of Wagga.

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'Kelly, James (1844–1904)', Obituaries Australia, National Centre of Biography, Australian National University, http://oa.anu.edu.au/obituary/kelly-james-23677/text32628, accessed 18 October 2019.

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Birth

11 July 1844
Girvan, Ayrshire, Scotland

Death

6 December 1904
Yerong Creek, New South Wales, Australia

Cause of Death

influenza

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