William Bell

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Samuel Thomas Gill, The newly arrived inquiring, c1852, watercolour and gum arabic on paper.
Art Gallery of Ballarat, gift of Mr. Tony Hamilton and Miss. S.E. Hamilton, 1967.


William Walter Bell was born on 18 November 1827 at Allendale, Northumberland,[1] England, the son of John Bell and Margaret (Walton). He emigrated to Australia in 1853 on the Tasmania arriving in Melbourne. He immediately started out for Ballarat and worked on the Eureka Lead making and selling mining equipment.[2]

William Bell married Eliza Robinson after producing five children.[3]

Baren Bell was buried at Creswick Cemetery on 21 January 1915.[4]

Samuel Thomas Gill, Creswick Creek (near Ballaarat) from Spring Hill, lithograph on paper, hand coloured
Art Gallery of Ballarat, Ronald Wrigley Estate, 1979.

Goldfields Involvement, 1854

William Walton ‘Baron’ Bell married Eliza Robinson on 21 June 1855 and they produced ten children in the Creswick, Spring Hill vicinity. William was inside the Eureka Stockade when it was stormed on 3 December 1854.

Post 1854 Experiences

William Bell made his mark more as an entrepreneur, speculating in land deals in many parts of Victoria, not all of them successful. So called "Baron" because he wore a fur coat and drove a smart carriage and pair.

See also


Creswick Cemetery

Further Reading

Corfield, J., Wickham, D., & Gervasoni, C. The Eureka Encyclopaedia, Ballarat Heritage Services, 2004.


  1. Headstone in Creswick New Cemetery.
  2. Dorothy Wickham, Women of the Diggings: Ballarat 1854, Ballarat Heritage Services, 2009.
  3. http://www.creswickcemetery.com.au/pioneers-of-the-district, accessed 18 October 2014.
  4. http://www.creswickcemetery.com.au/pioneers-of-the-district, accessed 18 October 2014.

External links

Burial Site at Creswick Cemetery - http://search.cemsearch.com.au:8008/mapguide/Creswick/Public/index.php