This page is dedicated to the memory of Leanne Kellalea who was our main Killalea researcher and family reunion organiser for many years.  Sadly Leanne lost her long battle with cancer on 17th of June 2010 and will be greatly missed by the entire Killalea family in Australia and around the World.

Leanne always hoped to see the day that Killalea State Park would be saved from any development and text back "Fantastic News" when she was notified of the announcement that it was saved only days before her death.  She was unable to speak by that stage of her illness but was delighted with the outcome.  Throughout her long cancer battle she kept going as long as she could with providing information for other family members about what was happening regarding Killalea State Park on the "Killalea Protest" page of this site. 

There is no doubt we will all have to remain vigilant and again take up the battle to save this natural scenic park from development for Leanne's sake if there is any such future proposals.  Should any development ever be allowed which blocks the natural views available there now the main attraction of the place would be totally lost for ever.

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There's a good chance Leanne's watching over her beloved Park.
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Cover of Funeral Handout

This is the poem Leanne wanted read out at her funeral and the wording is so typical of her attitude to life.

I read of a man who stood to speak, at the funeral of a friend.
He referred to the dates on her tombstone, from the beginning to the end.
He noted that first came the date of birth, and spoke of the following date with tears.
But he said what mattered most of all, was the dash between those years.
For that dash represents all the time, that she spent alive on Earth,
And now only those who loved her, know what that little line is worth.
For it matters not how much we own;  the cars... the house... the cash,
What matters is how we live and love, and how we spend our dash.
So when your eulogy's being read, with your life's actions to rehash,
Would you be proud of the things they say, about how you spent your dash?


Many people will walk in and out of our life, but Leanne has left her footprint in our hearts.  Leanne was one of those rare people who gave her all and made people feel welcome and wanted and that applies to me.

 Her relentless efforts in researching the Killalea family tree is amazing.  I am so proud to be added to the Killalea family tree and I am grateful to Leanne for giving us a connection to other family members who otherwise we would have never known.

Valmai Helen Raper
  Our thoughts, prayers and best wishes are extended to her family, she is a good role model for them with the time and effort spent in bringing the extended Killalea families together over the years, a job well done.

 Richard and Pauline Caulfield
  Leanne gave me a Gift I shall always cherish, she answered a question I had wanted to know for a long time.  "Where do I come from"?

 Leanne almost moved mountains to achieve her Goal ....a very driven, strong, intelligent woman.

Pam Richards
Sorry to hear that.  It would have been good to meet her and talk about Killelea things.

 Patrick Killelea - U.S.A
  My heart goes out to all her family. I have the most respect for Leanne and I hope that she has found peace.

Kind regards
Colleen Kellalea
  Please pass on to other family members my sincere condolences.

 I hope we do not lose touch.

Glenda Le Gallant
I'm sorry to hear the sad news and she will be remembered in my prayers.  I was in Ballinasloe yesterday (17/6/2010) and met some people from Kiltormer.

 Regards, Sean Kenny - Ireland
  My commiserations go out to the Killalea family and all who were close to Leanne.  I hope the protection of Killalea State Park gave her some peace in her last days.

 Kind Regards,
Chris Homer
  I am very saddened  to hear about Leanne.

Mairi Petersen
Please pass on my condolences to Leanne's family, thank God she is now at peace.

Carmel Brown
  Leanne's determination was shown with her search to find why my grandfather (Joseph Killalea) was raised as Joe Hore.  She ended up with a database of over 7,500 descendants of John Hoare & Elizabeth Love.  Leanne graciously handed all this information over to others researching the Hoare/Hore, Love & Seymour lines.  Also pioneer families of the Illawarra area.

These families will also remember Leanne.
Terry Killalea-Hore
  What a sad end!  I hope she managed to complete the family history that she had dedicated so much time to.  I'd certainly like to have a chance to see it one day.

Please pass on my best wishes to her close family.

Kind regards
Graham Lewis
We are all saddened at the passing of Leanne.  She will be greatly missed.  On behalf of our Killalea family, please pass our condolences onto Leanne's family.

 Wendy, Mark, Alexa & Victoria Ready.
Alan, Neva, Jason, Shane & Katie Bryant.
Ken, Jenny & Craig Killalea.
Fiona, Tim, Matthew, Sarah & William Elks.
Marion Spencer.
Paula, Brett, Joshua & Jordan Morris.
Donna, Jamie & Dylan Radtke.
Yvonne, Jason & Caleb Halstead.
  It has been my absolute pleasure to have known Leanne and shared part of her life and I extend these same thoughts to her family and friends.

 All the best with the future challenges you face at Killalea Park.

All the best to the family.

Kind regards
 Lisa Reid (Abley Real Estate Pty Ltd)
  We wish to extend our heartfelt sympathy on the passing of your beloved Leanne, and express the wonderful legacy Leanne has left for all to enjoy at Killalea.

 Kevin & Dorothy Gillis
Tongarra Heritage Society

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