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Kelly Family 175th anniversary reunion - CANCELLED

Event Information

  • 30 Nov 2013 10:00am - 4:00pm
  • Gumeracha Town Hall
  • Gumeracha
  • South Australia
Other Information
  • Cost: Free

Unfortunately we have had to make a late decision to cancel the reunion, due to a serious family situation with one of the key organisers. We are sorry to miss the occasion the 175th anniversary gave us. It is not known at this stage whether another date will be considered.

A third Kelly family reunion is planned to mark the 175th anniversary of the arrival of William and Jane Kelly in South Australia on 1 December 1838.

DATE: 30 November 2013
PLACE: Gumeracha Hall - adjacent to Federation Park picnic grounds
TIME: 10am to 4pm (provisional) 

William Kelly (1804-1888) and his wife, Jane (1819-1893), left the Isle of Man in July 1838 for South Australia, where they arrived on 1 December 1838.

They came soon after to what became Cudlee Creek and were granted Section 6164 (101 acres) from the Sources of the Torrens Special Survey in April 1842. The home William built was named Sulby Glen after Sulby in the Isle of Man.

A centenary reunion was held at Sulby Glen in 1938 and a book The William Kelly Clein (with family tree) was published in 1939. A facsimile this book will be available at the 2013 reunion.

A 150th jubilee reunion was held at Campbelltown in October 1988. The Kelly Family Association was formed to plan this and other follow up Kelly activities. A new book Introducing the Kelly Clein was published for the occasion. A comprehensive family tree Kelly Clein FamilyTree was published in 1990. The three Kelly books are still available - separately or at a special set price (click links above to order now).

Kelly intro  Kelly tree  Kelly Clein 

175th reunion

The program for the day has yet to be settled, but will/may include:

  • picnic lunch
  • display of Kelly memorabilia photos and updated family trees
  • sale of various Kelly books - and possibly a multimedia CD/DVD
  • opportunity to update the family tree 
  • the chance to visit nearer Kelly places of interest - Cudlee Creek and One Tree Hill cemeteries at least
  • most of all another chance to get the Kelly family together again 
We hope to soon add to this site:
 - a poll where you can register reunion interest and Kelly branch connection
 - form for submission of family tree updates 
 - a Kelly outline tree - early generations at least
 - a Kelly photo gallery - possibly 

Kelly Facebook site www.facebook.com/kelly-reunion2013
This is a private group for Kelly descendants, their spouses and others with an interest in the Kelly family, so you need to send a request to join. This is a place for discussion and notices on Kelly history and reunion notices and ideas.