File File 2 - Programs, cards and correspondence relating to Joshua Thomas Bell

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UQFL79-Series F-Subseries 2-File 2


Programs, cards and correspondence relating to Joshua Thomas Bell


  • 1881-1909 (Creation)

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1 folder

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Eldest child of Joshua Peter and Margaret Miller Bell (nee Douglas), Joshua Thomas Bell (also known as Joey) was born 13 March 1863 at Ipswich, Queensland. Educated at the Brisbane Grammar School, Joshua Thomas entered Trinity Hall, Cambridge, England in 1881. He returned to Queensland in 1889 and in 1893 he was elected Member for Dalby. In 1903 he married Catherine Jane Jones (nee Ferguson, widow of Sydney Jones) (1867-1943). They had two children: Joshua Peter Ferguson (1907-1997) and Margot Margaret Maxwell (1908-1929) . Joshua Thomas Bell was part of the Arthur Morgan and William Kidston ministries. He was Minister for Lands, Minister for Railways, Home Secretary and Speaker. He died on 10 March 1911 at "Rakeevan", the Graceville residence of John Ferguson, father of Catherine Ferguson.

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This file contains various documents relating to Joshua Thomas Bell, including:
• Program for Parliamentary dinner … to His Excellency the Governor-General, Lord Dudley, by the Members of the Queensland Ministry, 19 Jul 1909
• Program for Smoke concert and presentation to the Hon. Joshua Thomas Bell, 19 Mar 1909,2 copies
• In memoriam card, 2 copies
• In Memoriam card for Sir Joshua Peter Bell, 1881
• Program for the Tour of his excellency the Governor to norther and western Queensland, 1908
• Copy of letter dated 8 Jul 1907 from H. Bracker from Moreheads Limited responding to The Hon. J. T. Bells enquiry about certain aboriginal words and their meaning, including the words: Euoggera, Buyuba, Murrumba, Ballanur, Buyulegun, and Mooroolbin.
• Evans, George Essex. The sword of pain, Toowoomba : Weston & Harrison, 1905, with inscription on first page ‘The Hon. J.T. Bell – with the authors compliments, Nov 14th 1905’ and signed Geo. Essex Evans at the end of poem.
• Photocopy of page from marriage register with has Colin Basil Peter Bell and Sibyl Needham marriage, 3 copies, [1898]

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  • English

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Box 4 Folder 4

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Created, Linda Justo, 21-Jul-2021.




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  • Box: UQFL79 Box 4