Lionel Kelly

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Lionel Kelly
Member of the Legislative Assembly
of Western Australia
In office
9 August 1941 25 March 1950
Preceded by George Lambert
Succeeded byNone (abolished)
Constituency Yilgarn-Coolgardie
In office
25 March 1950 23 March 1968
Preceded byNone (new seat)
Succeeded by Jack Stewart
Constituency Merredin-Yilgarn
Personal details
Born(1897-01-22)22 January 1897
Perth, Western Australia
Died16 April 1977(1977-04-16) (aged 80)
Perth, Western Australia, Australia
Political party Labor (from 1946)
Other political
affiliations
Independent (to 1946)

Lionel Francis Kelly (22 January 1897 – 16 April 1977) was an Australian politician who was a member of the Legislative Assembly of Western Australia from 1941 to 1968. He was initially elected as an independent, but in 1946 joined the Labor Party. He served as a minister in the government of Albert Hawke from 1953 to 1959.

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Early life

Kelly was born in Perth to Margaret Ann (née Campbell) and John Kelly. He attended Christian Brothers' College, Perth, and after leaving school went to the Gascoyne, managing a station near Gascoyne Junction. He served on the Upper Gascoyne Road Board from 1927 to 1928. Kelly later moved to Bullfinch, a small town in the eastern Wheatbelt, where he ran a store. He was elected to the Yilgarn Road Board in 1929, and would serve until 1943. [1]

Perth City in Western Australia

Perth is the capital and largest city of the Australian state of Western Australia (WA). It is named after the city of Perth, Scotland and is the fourth-most populous city in Australia, with a population of 2.06 million living in Greater Perth. Perth is part of the South West Land Division of Western Australia, with the majority of the metropolitan area located on the Swan Coastal Plain, a narrow strip between the Indian Ocean and the Darling Scarp. The first areas settled were on the Swan River at Guildford, with the city's central business district and port (Fremantle) both later founded downriver.

Christian Brothers College, Perth

Christian Brothers College, informally known as CBC Perth or The Terrace was an Independent school for boys situated on St Georges Terrace in the centre of Perth, Western Australia. The college opened in January 1894, and the college was a founding member of the Public Schools Association in 1905. The college was the second high school (1894) and the second boarding school (1896) in Western Australia. In 1938 boarders and some day students at CBC moved to the new Aquinas College campus at Salter Point. Brother C.P. Foley, who was the headmaster of CBC Perth and who at the same was the first headmaster of Aquinas took with him the Christian Brothers College crest and colours, honour boards, and Public Schools Association membership. Brother Foley insisted the heritage of CBC Perth from 1894-1937 belonged to Aquinas. To further enhance Aquinas as the premier the Christian Brothers College, the main building at Aquinas was designed in the Federation Arts and Crafts architecture of CBC Perth. Meanwhile, although most of the day students remained at CBC Perth, numbers were depleted and the college immediately accepted an overflow of students from St Patrick's Boys School on Wellington Street. CBC Perth continued as a day school from 1938-1961. In 1962, the students and staff of CBC Perth moved to a new site on the East Perth foreshore and the college was renamed Trinity College.

Gascoyne region of Western Australia

The Gascoyne region is one of the nine administrative regions of Western Australia. It is located in the north west of Western Australia, and consists of the local government areas of Carnarvon, Exmouth, Shark Bay and Upper Gascoyne. The Gascoyne has about 600 km (370 mi) of Indian Ocean coastline; extends inland about 500 km (310 mi); and has an area of 138,000 km2 (53,000 sq mi), including islands.

Politics

Kelly first stood for parliament at the 1939 state election, as an "independent Labor" candidate, but was defeated in the seat of Yilgarn-Coolgardie by the endorsed Labor candidate, George Lambert. Lambert died in office in June 1941, and Kelly won the resulting by-election as an "independent Country" candidate. At the 1943 state election, Kelly was re-elected to Yilgarn-Coolgardie as a plain independent. [2] However, he joined the Labor Party in July 1946, [3] and was re-elected unopposed as a Labor candidate at the 1947 state election. [2]

1939 Western Australian state election

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At the 1950 election, Kelly's seat was abolished, and he transferred to the new seat of Merredin-Yilgarn. [2] After Labor's victory at the 1953 election, he was made Minister for Mines and Minister for Fisheries in the new ministry formed by Albert Hawke. He was also made Minister for Industrial Development in 1954. In a reshuffle in December 1957, he lost the mines and industrial development portfolios, but was made Minister for Lands and Minister for Agriculture. [1] The Labor government was defeated at the 1959 state election. Kelly remained in parliament until his retirement at the 1968 election. Merredin-Yilgarn had become increasingly marginal, and the replacement Labor candidate, Jim Brown, was defeated by the Liberal Party's Jack Stewart (although Labor reclaimed the seat three years later). [2]

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Later life

After leaving parliament, Kelly served on the board of various mining firms. He died in Perth in April 1977, aged 80. Kelly was married twice, firstly in 1924 to Inez Marie Jackson, with whom he had three children. He was widowed in 1931, and remarried in 1934 to Eva Florence Roberts, with whom he had another four children. [1]

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References

  1. 1 2 3 Lionel Kelly – Biographical Register of Members of the Parliament of Western Australia. Retrieved 29 May 2016.
  2. 1 2 3 4 Black, David; Prescott, Valerie (1997). Election statistics : Legislative Assembly of Western Australia, 1890-1996. Perth, [W.A.]: Western Australian Parliamentary History Project and Western Australian Electoral Commission. ISBN   0730984095.
  3. "P.L.P. Meeting", Westralian Worker , 26 July 1946.
Parliament of Western Australia
Preceded by
George Lambert
Member for Yilgarn-Coolgardie
1941–1950
Abolished
New seat Member for Merredin-Yilgarn
1950–1968
Succeeded by
Jack Stewart
Political offices
Preceded by
Charles Simpson
Minister for Mines
1953–1957
Succeeded by
Arthur Moir
Preceded by
Arthur Abbott
Minister for Fisheries
1953–1959
Succeeded by
Ross Hutchinson
Preceded by
Albert Hawke
Minister for Industrial Development
1954–1957
Succeeded by
Albert Hawke
Preceded by
Ernest Hoar
Minister for Lands
1957–1959
Succeeded by
Stewart Bovell
Preceded by
Ernest Hoar
Minister for Agriculture
1957–1959
Succeeded by
Crawford Nalder