The Hon. Lawrence Borthwick [2] KELLY (1928 - )**

  • Date of Birth: 05/11/1928
  • Place of Birth: Thirroul, New South Wales, Australia

Parliamentary Service

Member of the NSW Legislative Assembly24 Feb 196822 Feb 198819yr(s) 11mth(s) 30day(s)
Member for Corrimal24 Feb 196813 Jan 19712yr(s) 10mth(s) 21day(s)
42nd (1968 - 1971)
Member for Corrimal13 Feb 197119 Oct 19732yr(s) 8mth(s) 7day(s)
43rd (1971 - 1973)
Member for Corrimal17 Nov 19732 Apr 19762yr(s) 4mth(s) 17day(s)
44th (1973 - 1976)
Member for Corrimal1 May 197612 Sep 19782yr(s) 4mth(s) 12day(s)
45th (1976 - 1978)
Member for Corrimal7 Oct 197828 Aug 19812yr(s) 10mth(s) 22day(s)
46th (1978 - 1981)
Member for Corrimal19 Sep 19815 Mar 19842yr(s) 5mth(s) 16day(s)
47th (1981 - 1984)
Member for Corrimal24 Mar 198422 Feb 19883yr(s) 10mth(s) 30day(s)
48th (1984 - 1988)
Speaker of the Legislative Assembly25 May 197626 Apr 198811yr(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.

Community Activity

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.

Additional Information

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.