James Whyte Kelly

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New Zealand Parliament
Years Term Electorate Party
1890–1893 11th Invercargill Liberal-Labour
1893–1896 12th Invercargill Liberal-Labour
1896–1899 13th Invercargill Liberal-Labour

James Whyte Kelly (1855 – 15 December 1938) was a 19th-century New Zealand politician, initially of the Liberal Party but later an Independent Liberal.


Kelly was born in 1855 at Carluke, South Lanarkshire, Scotland.[1] He became an orphan aged 14.[2] He learned the trade of a tailor, and married Elizabeth Millar, the daughter of James Millar of Motherwell in Lanarkshire. The couple emigrated in 1875 on the Aldergrove to New Zealand, landing in Port Chalmers in Otago.[1][3] They later moved south to Invercargill.[3]

He represented the Invercargill electorate in the House of Representatives from 1890.[4] In 1895, he broke away from the Liberal Party and became an Independent Liberal.[2] He was defeated in the 1899.[4]

Kelly died on 15 December 1938.[1]


  1. ^ a b c Scholefield, Guy Hardy, ed. (1940). A Dictionary of New Zealand Biography : A–L (PDF). I. Wellington: Department of Internal Affairs. p. 454. Retrieved 7 January 2014. 
  2. ^ a b "The New Parliament". Otago Witness (2232). 10 December 1896. p. 20. Retrieved 7 January 2014. 
  3. ^ a b "Mr. J. W. Kelly". Auckland Star. LXIX (297). 16 December 1938. p. 3. Retrieved 7 January 2014. 
  4. ^ a b Wilson, James Oakley (1985) [First ed. published 1913]. New Zealand Parliamentary Record, 1840–1984 (4th ed.). Wellington: V.R. Ward, Govt. Printer. p. 210. OCLC 154283103. 
New Zealand Parliament
Preceded by
Henry Feldwick
Member of Parliament for Invercargill
Succeeded by
Josiah Hanan