Topic: Thomas Henry Kelly (c1862-1942)

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Thomas Henry Kelly was a pioneer of the Waikato town of Cambridge. He was one of the original organisers and suppliers of the Cambridge Co-op Dairy Co Ltd, being first director of the company from 1901-1902. He also served as a Cambridge Borough Councillor. Thomas was my great grandfather - Debbie McCauley (2013).

Thomas Henry Kelly (c1862-1942)

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Thomas Henry Kelly was born in County Galway, Ireland in c1862 to Richard and Bridget Jane Kelly (nee Bell) who married in Calary, Wicklow, Ireland, on 5 April 1858.

He joined the Royal Irish Constabulary when he was seventeen and a half years old - much to his parents dismay.

As conditions were unsettled he decided to immigrate to New Zealand. He arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the Glenlora, possibly with his older sister Elizabeth, arriving on 29 October 1880.

A younger sister was Alicia Mary Kelly who would during World War I nurse hundreds of wounded from Gallipoli. While nursing at the No. 3 Australian Casualty Clearing Station (3ACCS) in Ypres she refused to leave her patients during heavy shelling. Alicia was awarded the Military Medal ‘for gallantry displayed on the occasion of hostile air raids on casualty clearing stations’. She also received the French Croix de Guerre (War Cross) and in January 1918 the Royal Red Cross.

Thomas married Elizabeth Crawford (1863-1941) in Hamilton on 5 July 1884. Elizabeth was born in Kingscourt, County Cavin, Ireland, in c1863. She immigrated to New Zealand with her parents and siblings aboard the 'Baron Aberdare' in 1875.

The nine children of Thomas Henry and Elizabeth Kelly

  1. Henry Alfred Kelly (1884-1953). Known as 'Harry'.
  2. Arthur Edward Kelly (1886-1918).          
  3. Alicia Mary Kelly (1889-1980). Known as 'Cis'.
  4. Sarah Ellen Kelly (1892-1963).
  5. Elizabeth Alice Kelly (1894-1895).          
  6. Frederick James Kelly (1896-1974). Known as 'Fred'.
  7. Clarence John Kelly (1899-1968). Known as 'Clarry'.
  8. Robert Taylor Kelly (1902-1983). Known as 'Bob'.
  9. Walter George Kelly (1907-1981). Known as 'Darby'.

Thomas was one of the original organisers and suppliers of the Cambridge Co-op Dairy Co Ltd, being first director of the company from 1901-1902. He also served as a Cambridge Borough Councillor.

He died, aged 80, on 14 October 1842 in Waikato Hospital and was buried in Hautapu Cemetery.



Auckland Star (29 October 1880, p. 2). Arrival of Mr Kelly and Miss Kelly in New Zealand aboard the the Glenlora in 1880.

The Kelly and Crawford Families: Pioneers of the Waikato District, New Zealand by Debbie McCauley (unpublished manuscript).

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Thomas Henry Kelly (c1862-1942)

First Names:Thomas Henry
Last Name:Kelly
Date of Birth:c1862
Place of Birth:County Galway
Country of birth:Ireland
Date of death:14 October 1842
Place of death:Waikato Hospital, New Zealand
Place of burial:Hautapu Cemetery
Occupation:Farmer, Borough Councillor, and Boarding House owner
First settled:Kaukapapa
Date of Arrival:29 October 1880
Name of the ship:Glenlora
Date of sailing:3 August 1880
Port of arrival:Auckland
Sailed from:London
Spouses name:Elizabeth Crawford
Spouses date of birth:c1863
Spouses place of birth:Kingscourt, County Cavin, Ireland
Spouses date of death:13 November 1941
Spouses place of death:Cambridge, New Zealand
Spouses place of burial:Hautapu Cemetery
Spouses nationality:Irish
Date of marriage:5 July 1884
Place of marriage:Hamilton Registry Office
Fathers name:Richard Kelly
Fathers date of birth:1835
Fathers place of birth:Wicklow, Ireland
Fathers place of death:Wicklow, Ireland
Mothers name:Bridget Jane Bell
Mothers date of birth:1839
Mothers place of birth:Wicklow, Ireland
Mothers date of death:4 August 1923
Mothers place of death:East Melbourne, Australia
Mothers nationality:Irish
Name of the children:Frederick James Kelly , Clarence John Kelly , Robert Taylor Kelly, Walter George Kelly , Henry Alfred Kelly , Arthur Edward Kelly , Alicia Mary Kelly , Sarah Ellen Kelly , and Elizabeth Alice Kelly
Military Service:Royal Irish Constabulary