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Former Member Details

Mr William Bell ALLEN (1812 - 1869)

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Date of Birth: 01/01/1812
Place of Birth: Ireland
Date of Death: 05/12/1869
Place of Death: Waverley, New South Wales, Australia
Parliamentary Service
Position Start End Period Notes
Member of the NSW Legislative Assembly 14 Dec 1860 10 Nov 1864 3 years 10 months 28 days
Member for Williams 14 Dec 1860 10 Nov 1864 3 years 10 months 28 days
Clarence and Richmond Rivers Steam Navigation Company’s Bill Committee No.28 27 Mar 1861 11 May 1861 1 month 15 days
Minmi and Hexham Railway Act Amendment Bill Committee No.18 12 Feb 1861 11 May 1861 3 months
Seamen Committee No.14 29 Jan 1861 11 May 1861 3 months 13 days
Bonded Distilleries and Sugar Houses Bill Committee No.12 03 Jul 1862 02 Sep 1862 2 months
Miss Isabella Mary Kelly Committee No.32 23 Sep 1862 18 Dec 1862 2 months 26 days Chairman
Robert Stewart Committee No.13 11 Aug 1863 07 Aug 1863 0 days
Miss Isabella Mary Kelly Committee No.5 01 Jul 1863 20 Oct 1863 3 months 20 days Chairman
Present State and Management of Lunatic Asylums No.9 14 Jul 1863 20 Apr 1864 9 months 7 days
Mortgage on the property of the Scots Church, Sydney – Claims of Dr Lang Committee No.23 15 Sep 1863 22 Apr 1864 7 months 8 days
Political Party Activity
Community Activity
Assisted in the formation of the Protective League of Australian Industry 1857.
Qualifications, occupations and interests
Soap and candle manufacturer. Established a soap and candle works in Sydney. By 1847, the works were the fourth largest in Sydney, producing 70 tons of soap a year. By 1865, the soap factory employed seven and produced 300 tons a year. The candle factory employed 11 and produced 150 tons a year. The candles were exported to New Zealand.
Military Service
Honours Received
Membership of other Parliaments & Offices Held
Local Government Activity
Personal
Son of William, a farmer, and his wife Mary Bell. Married Ruth Johnston (born Sayers) in 1835 and they had 1 daughter and 3 sons. Assisted immigrants, they arrived in Sydney on the 'Brothers' on 11 March 1841. His son, William Johnston Bell, was also a Member of Parliament.
Additional Information
Australian Dictionary of Biography, Volume 3