The Kelly Family Story

In 1867 our forefathers came to Australia to make a better life.
They settled in Victoria and toiled to establish farms to support their families.

 

1st GENERATION (1804-1889)

Ireland suffers the Potato Blight famine. Bernard, Rose and their 6 surviving children migrated to Australia and start farming in 1867.

2nd GENERATION (1852-1924)

Bernard II marries Catherine in 1879, buys acreage in Cheltenham and they have 4 sons, one of whom they name Bernard.

3rd GENERATION (1882-1976)

Bernard (Ben) Francis Kelly buys land and expands the business in the early 1900s. He and Maggie have 6 children.

4th GENERATION (1918-2011)

Brothers Joseph (Joe pictured) and Frank, and Joe's 9 sons continue growing vegies on the original farm. Expands to Rosebud and Dandenong.

5th GENERATION (1946-NOW)

1982 Joe buys into Cranbourne. Leo and Kevin farm in Dandenong from 1967 then purchase land in Yarrawonga in 1990.

6TH GENERATION (1990-NOW)

Leo's sons Richard and James and Kevin's son Ben now operate the Yarrawonga farm, the backbone of Kelly Bros.