Subseries Subseries 4 - Thomas and Sarah Bell (nee Alexander) Papers

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UQFL79-Series F-Subseries 4


Thomas and Sarah Bell (nee Alexander) Papers


  • 1987-2019 (Creation)

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2 folders

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Thomas Bell was born Kildare, Ireland in 1798. Around 1829, Thomas and his wife Sarah Bell (nee Alexander) (1803-1853) and their children emigrated to Sydney New South Wales, Australia in charge of convicts. Thomas and Sarah Bell were parents to Mary Isabella (1826-1866), Joshua Peter (1827-1881), John Alexander (1829-1901) and Marmaduke A. (d. 1900). In 1844 Thomas Bell took over a pastoral lease on a large tract of land, Gimba (Jimbour) Station, on the Darling Downs near Dalby. Jimbour Station was run by a manager, Henry Dennis, until 1847 when the Bell family took charge of the leasehold under the partnership of Bell and Sons. The partners in this firm were Thomas Bell and his sons, Joshua, John and Marmaduke. When Sarah Bell died on 12 June 1853, Thomas Bell decided to move to Queensland, leaving Jimbour in the hands of his sons. He died at Waterstown, near Ipswich, Queensland, in 1872.

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This file has a material relating to Thomas and Sarah Bell (nee Alexander) and some of their descendants.

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Box 3
Folder 2: It includes: photocopies of the history of the church Saint Paul's Anglican Church at Ipswich where Thomas Bell together with Thomas Delacey Moffatt, gifted the church organ; photocopies of a sketch of ‘J.T. Bell, Jimbourlain, Defending the Morgan Administration 1904’, by AJH [Arthur James Hingston] from the Steele Rudd’s Magazine, with photocopy of inscription to Lady Bell, ca. 1904; Information about the Armstrong family, including correspondence, and copy of the will of Frances Georgina Bell (nee Armstrong) [married John Alexander Bell (1829-1901), son of Thomas and Sarah Bell) 2 letters, 1983 to 1983; Image of Sarah Alexander by J. Botterill, undated with an explanation of the image and history by Sue Bell, 2019.
Box 5
Folder 12: Copy of Burial certificate of Sarah Bell (nee Alexander); Page of book with inscription of Sarah Bell’s tomb; Map of Parramatta; Note and email correspondence about Thomas and Sarah Bell, 2005.

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  • English

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Box 3 Folder 2; Box 5 Folder 12.

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Created, Linda Justo, 19-Jul-2021.




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  • Box: UQFL79 Box 3
  • Box: UQFL79 Box 5