Kelland family : from Dartmouth to South Africa
FRANCIS ARTHUR KELLAND was born on 2nd March 1857 in Dartmouth, Devon, England. He married ANNE JANE GILLARD on
3rd November 1882 at St Petrox Church, Dartmouth, Devon.
At the age of 14 (1871 census), FRANCIS KELLAND was a 'Painter's Apprentice' and when he moved to East London in South Africa he was an interior decorator, and a partner in the firm 'KELLAND & BOOTH' who were coach painters, trimmers, outfitters and general decorators. He is remembered for his work on the decoration of the Masonic Temple (Free Masons) in East London, and as the 'original painter' of the City Hall in East London (Die Burger 1 June 1991).
FRANCIS & ANNIE's son FRANCIS ROBERT was born on the 11th February 1884 (as per gravestone), and presumably in East London (i.e. not England), but this has not yet been confirmed. In August 1889 FRANCIS ARTHUR KELLAND was elected to the East London town council and stayed there until 1895 when he resigned due to business reasons.
So if he FRANCIS ARTHUR was married in 1882 in Dartmouth, England, and if his son was born in East London in February 1884, when did he and his wife travel to South Africa?! In January 1883 he "was raised to the degree of Master Mason", as was reported in the Exeter & Plymouth Gazette, Friday 12 Jan 1883, so the sailing date had to be somewhere between this January 1883 date and February 1884 when their son was born (there is no record for FRANCIS ROBERT KELLAND in freebmd!)