I am trying to trace ancestral roots for my great-great grandfather James Kelly (age unknown), his wife Mary (aged about 46, nee Fannell), and their two children John (aged about 19) and Bridget (aged about 17, born Mar 17th 1845) who emigrated to New Zealand aboard the Avalanche from Gravesend, London, England on Oct 14 1861, arriving here in Auckland, New Zealand on Feb 10 1862.
According to records held by our Births Death and Marriages office, we understand that Carlow was originally home to this Kelly family. The came out to join James' brother Maurice, who had been living in New Zealand since about 1840. Maurice had a very colourful history which you can read about here (from a New Zealand Herald article from 1888) if interested: https://drive.google.com/open?id=1-PyX6g_Rwc8teUkiAIy_2ZV8kHDproA9
-- so it looks like Maurice and James may originally have come from Queen's County (now called Laois/Leix), an inland county of the province of Leinster.
If you can help in any way, I would be most grateful.
Phil Sheehan, New Zealand.