Searching for Kennedy relatives

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HISTORY: Alexander Kennedy at the inaugural Brisbane to Charleville flight aboard the aircraft “Apollo” on April 17, 1929.

The family of one of the Qantas founders with links to north-west Queensland is reaching out to family members ahead of the 100 years celebrations of the airline in the year 2020.

Relatives of Alexander Kennedy areendeavouring to contact the various branches of the Kennedy families.

AlexanderKennedy was a former Cloncurry councillor whoplayed an important role in the Qantas story.

Hisashes are buried in a memorial near the property Devoncourt outside Cloncurryand his nephewRobert John Neil is buried in Mount Isa cemetery.

Alexander Kennedy arrivedin Queensland from England in 1861 and owned Carlton Hillsaroundthe heads of East andWest Leichardt.

Kennedy formed a partnership withRoger Sheaffe from“Devoncourt” south of Cloncurry.

In 1885 Kennedy was elected to the first Cloncurry Divisional Board and helda local government position for 30 years. In 1907the Kennedy family moved from “Devoncourt” into Cloncurry

In 1895 Alexander’s son, Jack, discovered the mineral deposit which became theDuchess copper mine which they sold to a mining company.

In 1919 Kennedy met Paul McGinness who was preparing landing grounds for an airrace from England to Australia.

McGinness worked with Hudson Fysh andFergus McMaster on their dream of establishing an air service in western Queensland. Alexander Kennedy wasapproached to help finance the dream.

He is reported to have said “I know you welland believe in your judgement. I will put in two hundred pounds”.

McMaster said,“Make it two hundred and fifty pounds.”

Kennedy agreed with one condition – “that Iam the first passenger when a regular service starts”.

At the time of thisconversation, Kennedy was 83 years old.

In November 1922 Kennedy caught the train from Brisbane to Longreach and onNovember 3, 1922 climbed into the back seat of the Armstrong Whitworth FK-8 withFysh as pilot.

Alexander held Ticket No. 1 on the first scheduled service fromLongreach to Cloncurry.

Alexandergreat-great nephew Jim Kennedy is now looking for family members to contact him on0447 372 032.

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