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The Hon. Lawrence Borthwick [2] KELLY (1928 - 2018)

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Date of Birth: 05/11/1928
Place of Birth: Thirroul, New South Wales, Australia
Date of Death: 11/07/2018
Place of Death:
Parliamentary Service
Position Start End Period Notes
Member for Corrimal 24 Mar 1984 22 Feb 1988 3 years 10 months 30 days
Member for Corrimal 19 Sep 1981 05 Mar 1984 2 years 5 months 16 days
Member for Corrimal 07 Oct 1978 28 Aug 1981 2 years 10 months 22 days
Speaker of the Legislative Assembly 25 May 1976 26 Apr 1988 11 years 11 months 2 days
Member for Corrimal 01 May 1976 12 Sep 1978 2 years 4 months 13 days
Member for Corrimal 17 Nov 1973 02 Apr 1976 2 years 4 months 17 days
Member for Corrimal 13 Feb 1971 19 Oct 1973 2 years 8 months 7 days
Member for Corrimal 24 Feb 1968 13 Jan 1971 2 years 10 months 21 days
Member of the NSW Legislative Assembly 24 Feb 1968 22 Feb 1988 19 years 11 months 30 days
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.
Military Service
Honours Received
Membership of other Parliaments & Offices Held
Local Government Activity
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.