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Lewis Bell   Dr. George Bell  


Lewis Bell

1. Obituary from an unknown newspaper

Death of Mr. Lewis Bell

“Old time followers of the sport in Victoria will regret to learn of the death of Mr. Lewis Bell, which took place at his home, Murrnong Station, NSW, on December 27. Mr. Bell, who hailed form the borders of Scotland, where his father, uncles and brother were well known in the sport, was a born courser. As a lad in 1873 he made his first appearance in Victoria at a meeting of the old Grant and Polwarth coursing Club, near Geelong, where he had charge of his uncle’s greyhound, Lord Raglan, who won the event. Mr. Bell always bred a few dogs at his stations at Booligal and other places. A few years ago he raised many flags with the bitch Alma Bell, and he won the Victorian St. Leger  with Birkdale in 1922.  Mr Bell was a first class judge of a greyhound, and took great pleasure in watching a well contested course, and strange to say, though a man of means, he was never known to bet. …………………The sympathy of all coursers throughout the state is extended to the deceased gentleman’s wife and family.”

2. Another unknown newspaper article included:

“……I first had the pleasure of meeting him on the Burnside estate, near Leigh Road, in 1873,  when he was assisting at a meeting at which his uncle, Mr. James Bell of “Woolbrook”, ran a red and white dog named Lord Raglan………

3. Obituary from the "Riverine Grazier" January 1927

The Late Mr. Lewis Bell

We are indebted to a correspondent fro the following additional particulars of the life of the late Mr Lewis Bell to which we referred in our issue of 31st December:-  The late Mr Lewis Bell was a native of Dumfresshire, Scotland, and left that place for Australia in 1871, with his uncle, Major John Bell, popularly known as "Big Bell". On his arrival Mr Bell went to Warrambeen station, Shelford, Victoria, for colonial experience and he was trained there under the late Alex. Armstrong. His first connection with the Lachlan district was in 1873, when he went to Merungle Station to take delivery of cattle for John Bell and Co. who had purchased that station from the Broads. Later on when John bell and Coy. purchased Moolbong, Mr Bell was given the management of that station, and he remained there until Alma was bought by Alex Armstrong and Coy. Mr Bell took delivery of this property on June 1st 1876 and was managing partner until his death. The well-known Alma flock owes its present high standard to Mr Bell's many years of close supervision. One of this most valued possessions was a desk presented to him as a token of their appreciation of his helpful attitude, by homestead lessees, who came to the district in the late eighties, when land was thrown open for closer settlement. MR. Bell reside d at Alma till 1923 and in the following year settled at Murrnong, formerly Egelabra, in the Albury district, and devoted his time to the establishment of a merino stud flock there. Throughout his life he was an ardent coursing enthusiast ad imported several greyhounds. He was president of the hay Coursing Club, and acted at judge at its initial meeting. In 1881, Mr  bell married the eldest daughter of the late Alex. Armstrong, and he is survived by her and a grown up family.


Dr. George Bell

Obituary from “Lang Syne”, Scots College Old Boys’ Union   December 1970 (.PDF 1.4MB)

Obituary Excerpts from “Lang Syne”

The Late Dr. George Bell, CBE, MB, ChM, FRACS.

Distinguished in his services to his country, to medicine and to education, Doctor George Bell was loyal to his old school, and unflagging in his interest and support to The Old Boys’ Union. The Old Boys' Union was ever mindful of this interest and support and it was most fortuitous that a number of Presidents, both past and present, were able to gather at George Bell's residence one evening last year and present him with a wall plaque embracing a beautifully designed badge of the College and engraved with the words, "For services to The Scots College 1900 to 1969". This plaque became one of Doctor Bell's treasured possessions and it marked the occasion of his  retirement as Chairman of The College Council in 1969, which position he held for twenty years, and he was the first Old Boy to accept that responsibility. 

 “Bell of Booligal” came to Scots in 1898, was Dux of the School in 1900 and Head Prefect in 1901………. His memorial service was held at St. Stephan’s Presbyterian Church in Macquarie Street on September 1………….Revd. Graham Hardy spoke of his devotion to The Scots College, the grim years of the Casualty Clearing Stations in France between 1914-1918, his support and work for the Royal Flying Doctor Service and the Bush Nursing Association, his service during the Second World War, and the eminent distinction which he achieved in the world of medicine…….”

The Scots College Old Boys' Union asks that Mrs. Bell accept its deep and sincere sympathy, and knows that in her bereavement she must have great comfort in the knowledge of the support that she was able to afford this gentle man in their many years together.