Kelly Leslie

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Leslie Kelly 1906 - 1959

Kelly was a Maori amateur ethnologist with a strong interest in linking tradition and historical events to sites, and recording those sites. He authored a long series of articles in the Journal of the Polynesian Society mostly about particular pa.

He descended from Kenehuru, of Ngati Mahuta. In his private life he was as a railway worker, latterly a senior engine driver. Kelly met his death in a train smash at Motumaoho.

His book Marion Dufresne at the Bay of Islands (1951, A H and A W Reed, Wellington) strongly links archaeological sites to the historical narrative of that early European visit.

Leslie Kelly

His other book: Tainui: The Story of Hoturoa and his Descendants (1949, Polynesian Society Memoir No. 25, Wellington) is much more controversial. Michael King (1977:237-8) accuses him of plagarising the work of Pei Te Hurinui Jones and obtaining Te Puea's endorsement in a preface to the book by deception. Pei's work eventualy appeared in Jones and Biggs (1995)


Obituary:

1959 Leslie G Kelly - Te Putu. Journal of the Polynesian Society, 68(2):59-60.

References

Jones, P T H and B Biggs 1995 Nga Iwi O Tainui. The Traditional History of the Tainui People. Auckland University Press, Auckland.

King, M 1977 Te Puea, A Biography. Hodder and Stroughton, Auckland.


Bibliography

1931 "Matakitaki pa, Pirongia." Journal of the Polynesian Society, 40:35-38.

1932 "Okuratope pa in 1932." In The Letters and Journals of Samuel Marsden 1765-1838 (3. R. Elder) :98.

1933a "In the Footsteps of Marion Dufresne." Journal of the Polynesian Society, 42:83-96.

1933b "Mangatoatoa pa,." Journal of the Polynesian Society, 42:167-170.

1934a "Ngakuraho pa, Hangatiki." Journal of the Polynesian Society, 43:101-105.

1934b "Kororipo and Puketona; two pa at the Bay of Islands." Journal of the Polynesian Society, 43:187-191.

1938a "Kahuwera pa, Bay of Islands, in 1937." Journal of the Polynesian Society, 47:20-26.

1938b "Orongokoekoea pa." Journal of the Polynesian Society, 47:145-152.

1938c "Fragments of Ngapuhi History." Journal of the Polynesian Society, 47:163-181.

1939 "Paratui pa." Journal of the Polynesian Society, 48:129-134.

1940a "Taupiri pa" Journal of the Polynesian Society-, 49:148-159.

1940b "Some Problems in the Study of Maori Genealogies." Journal of the Polynesian Society, 49:235-242.

1941 "Maungakiekie, One Tree Hill." Journal of the Polynesian Society, 50:170-172.

1945 "Tapuariki and Raupa, with Remarks on Marsden's Visit to Hau-raki." Journal of the Polynesian Society, 54:199-211.

1949 Tainui. The Story of Hoturoa and his Descendants. Wellington, Polynesian Society, Memoir No. 25.

1951 Marion Dufresne at the Bay of Islands. Wellington, A. H. & A. W. Reed.

1953 "Whare-taewa pa, Mercury Bay, 1952." Journal of the Polynesian Society, 62:384-390.

1955 "Cook Island Origin of the Maori." Journal of the Polynesian Society, 64:180-196.