Kelly and Lewis Type K.E.

4 HP @ 1000 RPM

Manufactured in Melbourne in 1942

"Kelly and Lewis" engines were the products of Kelly and Lewis Ltd, a Melbourne based engineering company formed in 1899 through the partnership of Edward Lewis and George Kelly. Operating from a Melbourne premises in Little Bourke Street opposite the old works of Wright & Edwards, which they eventually purchased, the partners established a reputation for the excellence of their products.

In 1913 the firm became a proprietary company with a capital of 50,000; after Kelly died in 1919 Lewis was the sole managing director. Many men spent their whole working lives at Kelly & Lewis, with sons following fathers. Kelly & Lewis Ltd built many petrol and diesel stationary engines for farm and industrial use and merged with the Thompson Engineering and Pipe Company of Castlemaine in 1987, and continues to trade today as Thompson's, Kelly & Lewis Pty Ltd (a subsidiary of BTR Nylex Ltd).