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John Bell (1813–1885)

John Bell arrived in Sydney as an assisted immigrant aboard the Champion on 12 February 1842. According to the indent he was brought out by Mr George Townsend. His parents were John and Ann Bell and his father was still living. John's calling was a farm labourer and he was aged 29. He was described as in good bodily health and 'likely to be useful'. His religion was Church of England and he could both read and write.

John married Martha Saxby on 3 March 1847. Following her death in 1864 he married Elizabeth Grovenor in 1866.

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'Bell, John (1813–1885)', People Australia, National Centre of Biography, Australian National University,, accessed 22 June 2024.

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Killashandra, Cavan, Ireland


25 December, 1885 (aged ~ 72)
Shoalhaven Heads, New South Wales, Australia

Cause of Death

general debility

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