John Bell

This grand monument is the memorial of John Bell, the man behind Bell Park. He was yet another Scotsman, born 23 February 1821 in Dumfries. Trained as surveyor, he travelled to Van Diemen’s Land 1839 to join his uncle, Captain John Bell, and then, like many other Scottish Western District squatters, came to Victoria the following year and took up land at Colac, and later Shelford and elsewhere.

In 1862 he married Margareta Chirnside at Point Cook and they lived at ‘Bell Park’, an extensive property to the north of Geelong. The property later gave its name to the surrounding area and the Bell family chapel is still there, as part of the Grace McKellar Centre.

The angel on John Bell’s grave was sculptured in London in 1877 at a cost of £485.

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