[Editor: This obituary for James Jerome Kenneally was published in The Argus (Melbourne, Vic.), 22 February 1949.]
Mr J. J. Kenneally
Mr James Jerome Kenneally, of Daisy st, Essendon, who died in Royal Melbourne Hospital yesterday morning, was the author of the Inner History of the Kelly Gang and Their Pursuers, into which he conducted a great amount of research, and which is regarded as authoritative.
He was 78, and was born at Gaffney’s Creek. Apart from his book on the Kelly Gang, he did a considerable amount of journalistic work.
He was a pioneer member of the Labour Party, and was for a number of years a member of its central executive. He was also widely known in earlier years in Trades Hall circles, having organised the Timber Workers’ Union in Tasmania. He stood as a Labour candidate on two occasions for the old Mernda seat in the House of Representatives — in 1906 and 1910.
He is survived by his wife, three sons, and two daughters.
Requiem Mass will be celebrated this morning at St Teresa’s Church, North Essendon, after which the funeral will leave for Fawkner Cemetery.
The Argus (Melbourne, Vic.), 22 February 1949, p. 6