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The Cyclopedia of New Zealand [Taranaki, Hawke's Bay & Wellington Provincial Districts]

Kelly, George

Kelly, George, Native Interpreter, Napier. Mr. Kelly, who holds the position of Native Interpreter to the Supreme and Stipendiary Magistrate's Courts, and Native Land Purchase Officer, is the son of the late Captain Kelly, 83rd Regiment, sometime Registrar of Deeds at Auckland. He was born in Halifax, North America, and arrived in Wellington with his parents in 1848, in the ship “Indian,” was educated at St. John's College, Auckland, and in 1859 received an appointment at Mongonui in the Native Department, where he remained for over twenty-two years. Mr. Kelly has acted as clerk of the court and licensing bench, registrar of births, deaths, and marriages, meteorological observer, officer-in charge of the Customs, superintendent inspector of native schools, native interpreter, and judge of Assessment Courts. In 1862 he was transferred to Napier to take up his present position, and in 1893 was also appointed Native Land Purchase officer. Mr. Kelly has always taken a keen interest in athletic sports, and is vice-president of the Caledonian Football Club and president page 374 of the Napier Sailing Club. He was chairman of the Mongonui School Committee for a number of years. Mr. Kelly is married, and has seven children. Mrs. Kelly was born on Sunday Island, the largest of the Kermadec Group, where her father, Mr. Daniel Baker, and his wife, had gone to reside in 1835, and where he remained until 1847, when he became alarmed at the severity of the earthquakes which occurred there about that time. He, therefore, left with his wife and four children (all born on the island) in a whaler for the Bay of Islands, and subsequently settled in Mongonui. Mrs. Kelly died in 1897.

Mr. G. Kelly.

Mr. G. Kelly.