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John Tonner Kelly (1844–1920)

Mr. W. T. Kelly received word last night of the death of his father, Mr. J. T. [John Tonner] Kelly, at the residence of his niece, Mrs. Jenkins, of Croxton, Melbourne. The late Mr. Kelly was well known in local union and political circles. He was prominent in the 1900 dispute, and frequently addressed mass meetings of the mine workers during that trouble. For many years he was a contributor to the correspondence column of "The Miner," and always in his own name. Mr. Kelly was on a couple of occasions elected president of the F.E.D. and F.A.; he held all the offices in the G.U.O.O.F. and the U.A.O.D. He was the first president of the All Nations' Club, the first working men's club formed in Broken Hill. Later he was prominently coannected with the Barrier Social Democratic Club. Before coming to Broken Hill Mr. Kelly on many occasions addressed meetings on the Yarra-bank on Victorian politics. Mr. Kelly was 76 years of age. His wife predeceased him by 11 years. He leaves two daughters and three sons, namely. Mesdames M. Torpy and Loftus, both of Adelaide, and Messrs. J. T. ("Pointer"), W. T., and H. T. Kelly, of Broken Hill.

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Glasgow, Lanarkshire, Scotland


1920 (aged ~ 76)
Northcote, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

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