My Days of Wine

Alec Kelly in 1938

J. G. Kelly's "Lyndale" Winery at Lyndoch. Sold to G. Gramp & Sons Ltd in 1939 Have to research when this winery started. After J. G. Kelly's time at Chateau Tanunda.
Kelly built "Lyndale" and produced wines and spirits until 1938 when G. Gramps Ltd purchased the concern.
John George was a son of Dr Alexander Charles Kelly who built the original Tintara winery . Dr Kelly was responsible for the early planting of a range of
grape varieties as well as writing two books on the Australian Wine Industry. Refer to Hardy Family history and State library.

J. G. Kelly worked for Hardy's and during this time he planted up vineyards and supplied grapes to Hardy's. In 1903 Hardy's could not take Kelly's grapes so he built the Tattachilla winery. Also apparently managed Chateau Tanunda. Have to research this. Have details in wine story files.

J. G. Kelly then built a Winery/Distillery at Lyndoch and which was sold in 1939 to G. Gramp and Sons-see above.

Son Charles was together with Noel Burge in the first year of the Oenology course at Roseworthy Agricultural College Other son Alec was Plant Manager and also Assistant Manager at Berri in the 1940's having joined Berri. Noel Burge recalls that Alec Kelly came to Berri in 1938 to see the then Chairman of the Board Alan H. Kelly. Not related. Alec was appointed to the staff in 1938 and left in 1952 to start the Loxton Cooperative Winery and Distillery Ltd.
Saw today, the 3rd July 2001, a permit form for the transfer of fortifying spirit to the Burge family signed by Alec Kelly on 16/4/1932.

Charles Worthington Kelly and Alexander Wainwright Kelly

Charles and Alec had a sister Jean, I met her years ago, probably at Loxton Winery residence when she was visiting Alec and Peg.

Alec married Peggy Norris and they had a daughter named Sue. Married to Peter Vickers.

Roy Bain who was cellar foreman at L. C. W. D. was a distiller at the Kelly's Lyndale Winery and Distillery.

As a result of me placing a name in the Sunday Mail "Can You Help" column made contact with daughter Sue and she kindly provided with details. Notes from meeting with Sue and Peter Vickers on 15th Jan 2002 at Uurbrae.

Sue is happy to be on my address list for BCWD and LCWD.

Alec Kelly

Alec Kelly born 21st November 1908 and was eldest child of John George Kelly and Miss Wainwright, and was a son of Dr. Alexander Charles Kelly who built Tintara which was later purchased by Hardy's.

Worked for his father at Lyndale, just east of the Lyndoch township, until 1938 and he then joined the staff at Berri. Alec had married Peg Norris and daughter Sue was born at Berri in 1938. Enlisted in the Army on 8th June 1940 in Adelaide and did initial training for the 3rd Australian Division of Signals at Seymour in Victoria.. Sent to the Middle east and then in June 1942 was a member of the Gulf Recce Team 1942 which followed Leichhardt's footsteps across the Top End. Then to New Guinea in 1943 and was invalided out due to Malaria, and discharged on 1st April 1944, reaching status of Lieutenant. He then rejoined the staff at Berri. As a civilian he joined the Volunteer Air Observers Corps. In 1947 Warrie Garnett (Wife was Queenie) retired and Lyle Nairn (Wife was Dorrie) was appointed General Manager and Alec appointed Assistant Manager. Sue recalls Warrie giving her a reputed pair of pigeons. Never bred. Queenie was a ball of fun.

Alec Kelly and Ray Harrip

After the 1950 vintage Alec and Ray Harrip installed the Blair Still. They used to work at nights assembling the still. I remember Ray Harrip describing same. Alec used to have meals sent out from Berri to save him the trip in and out. Did a 10 week visit to California from September to December in 1951.
Sue was not sure of timing but Alec was working at night at home to assist Bill Lucas (Lucas and Parker) design the Loxton Winery.

Alec Kelly

This photo of Alec was taken in 1951. I think Alec left Berri in 1952 to become General Manager of LCWD.
Check date of first grapes at Loxton. Photo in Murray Pioneer in 1953.
Sue recollected Alec saying that he asked Ray Harrip to go to Loxton but Ray declined and said he should take Angy Wagenechdt, which he did. Sue said she was on the weighbridge in 1954 and I can recollect that.


A. W. Kelly enlisted in the Army in the Signals Corps.-
Service Australian Army
Service Number SX4729
Date of Birth 21 Nov 1908
Place of Birth ADELAIDE, SA
Date of Enlistment 8 Jun 1940
Locality on Enlistment GLENELG, SA
Place of Enlistment ADELAIDE, SA
Next of Kin KELLY, MABEL
Date of Discharge1 Apr 1944
Rank Lieutenant
Posting at Discharge 3 Corps of Signals
WW2 Honours and Gallantry None
Prisoner of War No ...

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