View of Gladstone looking towards Auckland Creek, ca. 1916. Photo: John Oxley Library, State Library of Queensland.
View of Gladstone looking towards Auckland Creek, ca. 1916. Photo: John Oxley Library, State Library of Queensland. QLD

FLASHBACK: On this day in Gladstone

1933: The death occurred in Sydney of Mr JH Kessell, chairman of directors of Mt Morgan Mines Ltd.

Mr Kessell underwent an operation in a private hospital in Sydney about three weeks ago, but after leaving the institution, he contracted pleurisy.

He was a former president of the Queensland Country Press Assoc, and the Australian Provincial Press Assoc.

The news of his death was received with much regret in Gladstone, where he had been well known since 1903, when he was the accountant at the Australian Joint Stock Bank.

In the following year, he was appointed manager, which position he held until the Australian Bank of Commerce took over in 1910.

Mr Kessell was Alderman on the Town Council from 1917 to 1923, and was Mayor for all those years except 1920.

He also represented Port Curtis in State Parliament, but lost his seat in 1915.

He was proprietor of the Gladstone Observer and was a shipping agent for many years.

He owned Fairview Station for a period and was still part-owner of Turkey Station, in addition to several town properties.

Mr Kessell married the daughter of the late Mr WW Watt, and has only one child.

Miss Mary Kessell, who is a well-known amateur actress and who broadcasts occasionally, survives him.