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Edward Gracemere (Ned) Kelly (1860–1911)

There passed away at Waterstown, Malchi, Q., on Saturday, 11th February, after four years of painful illness, Mr. Edward Gracemere Kelly, of Waterstown, Malchi and Banksia Stations. Mr. Kelly was a son of the late Mr. Edward Kelly, one of the pioneers of Central Queensland, who came from Coonambula Station, in the Gayndah district, with sheep in 1856, and assisted to form what is now so well and favourably known throughout the Commonwealth as Gracemere Station. Mr. E. G. Kelly was born in 1860, and was one of the first white children born in Central Queensland. He spent the whole of his life in Central Queensland, and was the senior partner of the firm of Kelly and Dunne, who carried on pastoral pursuits and were breeders of high-class cattle and horses, besides being at one time large dealers in live stock. They owned freehold property at Gracemere and Ulam and Banksia Stations, on the north coast, about, seventy miles from Rockhampton, and Waroona Station, in the Duaringa district, about ninety miles from Rockhampton. The partnership was dissolved about four years ago, Mr. Dunne taking Waroona Station and the Ulam freehold, and Mr. Kelly retaining Banksia Station and the Gracemere freeholds, which will now pass to his younger brothers. The deceased gentleman was an honest man in business, his word being his bond.

In fact, neighbours used to say all they wanted was Ned Kelly's word in a deal, which was one of the highest compliments that could be paid to him. Mr. Kelly leaves four brothers, Mark, William, Simon, and Thomas, and two sisters, Mrs. Dunne and Mrs. Cross, to mourn the loss of the head of their family.

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