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William John Kelly

Birthplace Fitzroy, Victoria Australia Victoria Australia Date of Birth: October 28, 1893 Date of Death: July 7, 1967


See: The Australian contribution to HM Factory Gretna – Devils Porridge Museum


Full name of worker at H.M. Factory Gretna (and any other names they are known by): William John Kelly


Gender: Male

Date and Place of Birth: 28th October 1893 Fitzroy, Victoria, Australia

Date and Place of Death:  7th July 1967 Sydney NSW

Nationality: Australian


Childhood: N/K


Parents: John Tonnor and Elizabeth (nee Robins) Kelly


Parent’s occupations: N/K


Schools / universities attended and years of attendance: N/K


Occupation: Analysing Chemist


Place of residence at Gretna: N/K


Job title at Gretna: Chemist at Cordite Section, Mossband


Marital status: Married Daisy Gwendoline (nee Mortimer, formerly Hadfield)


Children: 3 sons.

Travels: UK/Australia


Awards/recognitions: N/K


Trivia / any other information:

William was born in the state of Victoria and trained as an analysing chemist.


He arrived in Plymouth 26/10/1916 on the “Euripides” from Melbourne, along with other Australian chemists and came to work at HM Factory Gretna. He worked in the Cordite Section at Mossband, and is remembered in the Mossband Farewell, and his forwarding address is  

32 M’Connell Street, Kensington, Melbourne, Victoria. 


Presumably he met his wife Daisy Gwendoline during his time in the UK. 


In 1921 the family are living in Chorlton-Upon-Medlock South Manchester with Gwendoline’s parents. William is an Analysing Chemist for Raihurst Importers. There is a record of a W Kelly, Chemist, who sailed from London 01/11/1923 to Melbourne with Mrs G Kelly and two children aged 5 and 2. 




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