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Sir Charles Kinnaird Mackellar (1844–1926)

Sir Charles Kinnaird Mackellar

Sir Charles Kinnaird Mackellar (1844-1926), physician, politician and businessman, was born on 5 December 1844 in Sydney, only son of Frederick MacKellar (d.1863), physician, from Dundee, Scotland, and his wife Isabella, née Robertson, widow of William McGarvie. Educated at Sydney Grammar School, Charles moved with his family to the Port Macquarie district about 1860. He spent several years on the land before proceeding to Scotland to attend the University of Glasgow (M.B., Ch.M., 1871). Returning...

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Biographical Dictionary of the House of Representatives

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29 March 2021

ADB volume 19

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Patrick Kenniff (1863–1903)

Patrick Kenniff (1863-1903) and James (1869?-1940), cattle duffers, were sons of Irish-born James Kenniff, selector, and his wife Mary, née Stapleton. Patrick was born at Main Creek, near Dungog, New...

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