The Hon. Lawrence Borthwick  KELLY (1928 - )**
- Date of Birth: 05/11/1928
- Place of Birth: Thirroul, New South Wales, Australia
|Member of the NSW Legislative Assembly||24 Feb 1968||22 Feb 1988||19yr(s) 11mth(s) 30day(s)|
|Member for Corrimal||24 Feb 1968||13 Jan 1971||2yr(s) 10mth(s) 21day(s)|
42nd (1968 - 1971)
|Member for Corrimal||13 Feb 1971||19 Oct 1973||2yr(s) 8mth(s) 7day(s)|
43rd (1971 - 1973)
|Member for Corrimal||17 Nov 1973||2 Apr 1976||2yr(s) 4mth(s) 17day(s)|
44th (1973 - 1976)
|Member for Corrimal||1 May 1976||12 Sep 1978||2yr(s) 4mth(s) 12day(s)|
45th (1976 - 1978)
|Member for Corrimal||7 Oct 1978||28 Aug 1981||2yr(s) 10mth(s) 22day(s)|
46th (1978 - 1981)
|Member for Corrimal||19 Sep 1981||5 Mar 1984||2yr(s) 5mth(s) 16day(s)|
47th (1981 - 1984)
|Member for Corrimal||24 Mar 1984||22 Feb 1988||3yr(s) 10mth(s) 30day(s)|
48th (1984 - 1988)
|Speaker of the Legislative Assembly||25 May 1976||26 Apr 1988||11yr(s) 11mth(s) 2day(s)|
Political Party Activity
Australian Labor Party (ALP). Joined 1948. Branch secretary and executive positions at state and federal electorate councils.
Deputy Chancellor and a Fellow of the University of Wollongong. Chairman Wollongong City Soccer Club; Illawarra Disabled Persons Trust. President and Life Member Illawarra Branch Surf Lifes Saving Club. Patron Illawarra Rugby League Football Club.
Qualifications, occupations and interests
Accountant. Educated at Thirroul Primary School and Wollongong High School. Former accountant. Employed as an accountant with a large Wollongong public transport company; Recreational interests include surfing, cycling, soccer and rugby league football.
Son of Lawrence Borthwick Kelly (senior), former Member of the Legislative Assembly. Married Rhonda Ali on 23 October 1954, and had issue, 1 son and 1 daughter.
Text from the book: 'The Presiding Officers of the Parliament of New South Wales', Sydney, 1995
|Lawrence Kelly was born on 5 November 1928 at Thirroul. His father, Lawrence Borthwick Kelly Senior was the Member of the Legislative Assembly for Bulli from 1947 until his death in 1955. He married Rhonda Ali on 23 October 1954. They had one son and one daughter. He became an accountant with a public transport company in Wollongong and joined the Labor Party in 1948. He became a branch secretary and held executive positions on state and federal electoral councils.
He was elected to the Legislative Assembly as the Member for Corrimal in 1968; and was elected Speaker of the Legislative Assembly in 1976 holding this office until his retirement at the 1988 State Elections. During his Speakership the new Parliament House building was constructed; and these years also saw an increase in the complexity and size of the Parliamentary administration.
Electorate description: Residential suburban, industrial and semi-rural. Located within Illawarra Statistical Agricultural Sub-Division. Principal suburbs: Bellambi, Corrimal, Fairy Meadow, Keiraville, Towradgi.