The Vine In Australia by A.C.Kelly Rare First Edition



24523 KELLY, Alexander C.:
The Vine In Australia .
Sands, Kenny & Co., Melbourne, 1861.

8vo. pp.ix , [i] ,errata page,[i] + 215 last blank. [195 & 196 blank] marking the end of text and the beginning of Appendix. plus 8 pages of advertisements. Original dark red embossed cloth boards.with gilt title on upper board..Numerous black & white illustration of which 10 are full page.This copy has been expertly rebacked and has new endpapers. Some scatttered pale foxing on a few pages. This is an ex library copy and has a few discrete perforated library marks , There are a few contemporary pen corrections on pages p.38,.p.42 & p.43 very discrete and only one per page.. There is also a pen signature of the original owner at the head of the title page.
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The Vine in Australia by A.C.Kelly

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Alexander Charles Kelly (1811-1877), by S. Solomon, 1840

Supplementary Volume, (MUP), 2005

Alexander Charles Kelly (1811-1877), winegrower and medical practitioner, was born on 5 June 1811 at Leith, Scotland, son of John Kelly, agent of the British Linen Co.’s Bank, and his wife Margaret, née Porteus. Alexander was educated in France and Scotland, and studied medicine at the University of Edinburgh (M.D., 1832). After practising briefly in Scotland, he became a surgeon aboard the East India Co. ship Kellie Castle; he kept a vividly written and illustrated journal of the voyage from England to Bengal in 1833.

Perhaps inspired by his brother Thomas Bell Kelly, who had migrated to South Australia in 1839, he followed, arriving in the Baboo on 11 March 1840. Kelly was enrolled as the twelfth name in the medical register of South Australia and set up at Port Adelaide. In June 1842 he was made resident dispenser at Adelaide Hospital. He bought 80 acres (32.4 ha) of land west of Morphett Vale, south of Adelaide; the official title was dated 21 August 1843, although he probably occupied the land earlier. Here he built his home, Trinity, and planted his first vineyard, about 1845.

On 1 November 1854 Kelly married Annie Frances Worthington, in the Church of Scotland, Morphett Vale. He drew on the writings of French and other European authorities, which he translated and commented on, for his first book, The Vine in Australia (Melbourne, 1861); it introduced wine chemistry and modern science to Australian winegrowers and was so popular that it was reprinted next year. His Wine-Growing in Australia (Adelaide, 1867) followed. Kelly’s two influential books did much to establish Australian technical expertise in viniculture.

In November 1862 he and five of Adelaide’s businessmen—{Sir)Thomas and Alexander Lang Elder , (Sir)Samuel Davenport,Robert Barr Smith and   (Sir) Edward Stirling—formed the Tintara Vineyard Co., with Kelly as manager. Next year he sold Trinity to concentrate on clearing the 213 acres (86.3 ha) of heavily-timbered country near McLaren Vale which the trustees had bought in December 1862, and on planting vines, building cellars and, eventually, making mainly table wine. In 1871 Tintara shareholders sent him to London to search for new markets. The difficulties of an English market more accustomed to the strong, coarse wines of Spain and Portugal, financial depression in the colony and intercolonial tariffs that disadvantaged South Australian wines contributed to the demise of the company. In September 1877 it was announced that Thomas Hardy had purchased the vineyard, with 27,000 gallons (122,742 litres) of wine. The land was not transferred to Hardy until June 1878.

Kelly, Alexander Charles (1811–1877)

by Valmai Hankel from The Australian Dictionary of Biography.

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