Lewis Bell was born in 1853 at Round Bush, Dumfriesshire, and died in 1926 at "Murrnong", Rand, NSW.
In 1872, he migrated to Australia, presumably encouraged by his uncle, James who was an established landowner in the Geelong area. James Bell was the first editor of the Geelong Times, and the owner of the Geelong Times Office in Moorabool Street, Geelong, built in the 1860's. Soon after his arrival, he visited Tasmania to visit family connections. He kept a diary of his movements in Tasmania.
He married Mary Ann Armstrong of Leigh, Victoria in 1881.
Soon after, they must have moved to a new sheep-grazing property in the Riverina area - "Alma" Booligal, NSW. Their 15 children were born at Warrambeen, Alma, Mt. Derrimut and Killearnan. The Bell Family Tree shows more detail.
Lewis Bell had a long-standing interest in coursing, as did his brothers and uncles in Scotland and Australia. He assisted his Uncle James Bell in Victoria in the 1870's at the races with Lord Raglan. He won the Victorian St. Leger with Birkdale in 1922. He represented the Elmore Coursing Club on the National Coursing Club of Victoria. He was also an honorary judge for the Hay Coursing Club. Presumably, he brought dogs out from Scotland with him.
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Last updated: 24 June 2008