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Mr Archibald (1) BELL (1773 - 1837)

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Date of Birth: 01/01/1773
Place of Birth: Cheshunt, Hertfordshire, England
Date of Death: 23/04/1837
Place of Death: Richmond, New South Wales, Australia
Parliamentary Service
Position Start End Period Notes
Member of the NSW Legislative Council 25 Sep 1832 23 Apr 1837 4 years 6 months 30 days An Appointed Member of the first Legislative Council.
Political Party Activity
Community Activity
Qualifications, occupations and interests
Soldier and magistrate. Worked for a time as a schoolmaster. Served in the Hertfordshire Southern Yeomanry as a lieutenant. Arrived in Sydney in on 12 July 1807 with his wife and nine children. Was appointed as a magistrate on 27 January 1808. Built a comfortable home on his property near Richmond.
Military Service
In December 1806 he was commissioned as an ensign in the New South Wales Corps and arrived in Sydney with the regiment and his family in the 'Young William'. Soldier and magistrate. In 1811 he was appointed a lieutenant in the New South Wales Royal Veterans Company and commanded a detachment of 73rd Regiment at Windsor. In 1818 he acted as barracks master and helped to found the Hawkesbury Benevolent Society. His son Archibald junior (1804-1883) established the Bells Line of Road across the Blue Mountains.
Honours Received
Membership of other Parliaments & Offices Held
Local Government Activity
Son of Archibald Bell, a Nonconformist minister and schoolmaster of Cheshunt in Hertfordshire, England. Married Maria Kitching of Cheshunt in 1794 and had issue, 10 children. Devout Anglican.
Additional Information
Australian Dictionary of Biography, Volume 1