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The Bell-Carstairs Connection 

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Robina Carstairs Robert Carstairs Bell The Carstairs / Leslies / Russells Connections (Rootsweb)
Headstones at Golf Hill Cemetery - Russell Family  


Robina Carstairs

Robina Carstairs was the daughter of Robert Carstairs (born about1787 in Kilconquar, Fife, died19 May 1852) and Christian Leslie
(b.about1789, buried 25 Mar 1846-Abbotshall,Fife)

Robina's sister, Euphemia Leslie Carstairs, was married to George Russell of Golf Hill, Victoria.

Robert Carstairs Bell

Robert Carstairs Bell was the son of Robert Lewis BELL (1834-1881) and Robina CARSTAIRS (1834-1924). At the time of his marriage, he lived on Moorainong (Mooramong), Victoria. At the time of his death on 7th September 1928, he was residing at Spray Farm, Bellarine Peninsula, Victoria, and in Melbourne. This Bell family is closely related to the Carstairs, Leslie and Russell families of the same district. For some time, he managed Leslie Manor, near Lake Corangamite, west of Colac. Leslie Manor was later subdivided for soldier settlement.

Both Robert Carstairs Bell and his cousin, John Bell, married girls from the Russell family - Margaret Hester Russell and Anne Russell, of Golf Hill, Victoria.

In his Will, he left 1000 annuity for his wife, Margaret Hester Bell (nee Russell), and an annuity to his daughter, Marjorie. Sums of 1000 were also left to his siblings, Mary, Euphemia Leslie Russell and William Maxwell Bell, and to nieces and nephews on their attaining 21 years. Large sums of money were also left to the Presbyterian Church Skipton, Geelong College, Melbourne Hospital, Children's Hospital, Austin Hospital, Women's Hospital and Alfred Hospital in Melbourne.George Russelll & family, at Golf Hill 1877


Leslie, Russell and Carstairs Connections

Over several generations, members of the Leslie and Carstairs families married, in Scotland and Australia.

James Carstairs married Ann Russell

George Russell married Euphemia Leslie Carstairs

James Leslie Carstairs married Janet Lewis (whose mother was a Carstairs)Euphemia Leslie Carstairs

Phillip Russell married Ann Carstairs

Robert Carstairs married Christina Leslie

Robert Carstairs Reid married Charlotte Leslie

Please refer to the Rootsweb Connection for the Carstairs / Leslie / Russell Connections.


Headstones at Golf Hill Cemetery


Sacred to the memory of

Philip Russell

who settled in Van Diemans Land

in the year 1822

and departed this life on the

17th July 1844

In memory of

the Rev. Robert Russell

who for 36 years was

Minister of the Presbyterian Church

Evandale, Tasmania

died on the 31st May 1877

aged 69 years


Alexander Russell

of Mawallock

who settled in Victoria in 1841

died on the 16th January 1869

aged 54

In memoriam of

William Russell

of Tasmania

who died at sea

on the 12th June 1854

aged 59 years

In memoriam

Euphemia Leslie Carstairs

wife of George Russell

who died at Golf Hill

on the 3rd March 1867

aged 37 years

In memoriam

George Russell

of Golf Hill

aged 76

He settled in the valley of The Leigh

on 1836

and died there

on the 3rd November 1888

"Surely my judgement is with the Lord,

and my work with my God"

Isaiah 49.4


In memory of


the only son of

George and Euphemia Leslie Russell

who died at Golf Hill

on 12th January 1898

aged 33 years

Mrs (Janet) John Biddlecombe

who succeeded her brother

Philip at Golf Hill

and died there

on 15th February 1854

aged 84


Last updated: 1 June 2008