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Bell, John Alexander

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Birth Date: 1829 (County Kildare, Ireland)

Death Date: 30 August 1901 (Waterstown, Ipswich, Queensland, Australia)

Parents: Thomas Bell and Sarah (nee Alexander)

Family: Frances Georgina Armstrong at Sussex, England on 3 November 1864, 1 son, 2 daughters

Education: The King's School, Parramatta

Religion: Church of England

Relationship to Politician: His brother Sir Joshua Bell was a Member of the Queensland Legislative Assembly, 1862-1879 and a Member of the Queensland Legislative Council, 1879-1881


Became partner with father and brother in Jimbour and Cumkillenbar stations, Darling Downs, in 1844

Parliamentary Representation:

House Party Electorate From To Elected/Departure Reason
Council NONE Legislative Council 26 Sep 1866 21 Nov 1872 Retired

Additional Information

Notes: When JA Bell was just a baby, his parents migrated to Australia. His father was a squatter and a convict overseer. In 1844 his father took over the pastoral lease of Jimbour Station on the Darling Downs. It was run by a manager until 1847 when the Bell family took charge, with the leasehold being registered in the name of Bell & Sons. On his father's death in 1874, Jimbour House was passed on to John Alexander's elder brother, Joshua Peter. John Alexander spent most of the 1870s and 1880s in the UK. In 1895 he resided at Merrivale Station, Mitchell

Sources: Waterson, DB, Biographical Register of the Queensland Parliament: 1860-1929, 2nd revised edition (Sydney: Casket Publications, 2001)

[Last Modified: Tuesday, 13 June 2017]