Category Archives: TWEED

BELL, QUIRK, COCHRANE, TWEED.

What a marvellous website! Thanks to you and your researchers for all the information.
I have been researching my husband’s family (descended from Christina Bell and John Quirk) and can add a couple of marriages.
Elizabeth Bell married firstly William Butler Cochrane (no date but died in 1885 Tweed River Dist. age 34). She then married Joseph Walker in 1888 NSW 7237/1888 Tweed River Dist.
Christina married John Quirk 24 Aug 1878 at the home of Thomas Cochrane, Cairns Terrace North Brisbane. The witnesses were William Butler Cochrane and Elizabeth Bell.
Hope this is of use if you haven’t found them already.
Carol

PHOTOGRAPHS COURTESY OF MARK ROGERS.

East Indiaman York  other vessels -Thomas LuneyTHE EAST INDIAMAN ‘YORK’ ON WHICH JAMES BELL WAS TRANSPORTED.
James Bell Ticket of Leave 1834JAMES BELL’s TICKET OF LEAVE.
norman bell son of james & wilhelminaNORMAN BELL SON OF JAMES BELL AND WILHELLMINA MCLEOD.
christina bell & elizabeth bellCHRISTINA AND ELIZABETH BELL ON THE TWEED RIVER.
christina bell & john quirkCHRISTINA AND HER HUSBAND JOHN QUIRK.
Granny Bell 2GRANNY BELL – MARY ANN MCNEILL.
Norman Bell - CopyNORMAN BELL, BROTHER OF JOHN AND BROTHER-IN-LAW TO MARY ANN (GRANNY).
Wilhelmina Bell Letters of Administration 1903WILHELLMINA BELL LETTERS OF ADMINISTRATION.

MY THANKS ALSO TO THOSE GENEROUS CONTRIBUTORS WHO PREFER NOT TO BE NAMED ONLINE.

CRIME CITY

The Brisbane Courier Tuesday 6 October 1885,

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article3449980

Fraudulent Insolvency.-Albert Gross-
man was charged on remand with fraudulent
insolvency. Mr. Unmack appeared to prosecute,
and Mr. Gore Jones appeared for the accused.
Captain Gruer deposed that on the night of
the 15th September the accused came on board
the steamer Kalara at Southport and took a
passage to the Tweed River, and went ashore in

a boat by himself; witness saw him selling
jewellery at the hotel where he was staying.
Senior-constable Biffin, stationed at Murwil-
lumbah, New South Wales, deposed to the

accused taking out a hawker’s license at Mur-
willumbah on the 21st September, when he
stated he was going to hawk jewellery which
he purchased at Davis’, in Brisbane ; on the
22nd September he arrested the accused by
virtue of a warrant and found £42 on his per-
son, and took possession of a quantity of jewel-
lery and a bank-book which the accused said
was his property at the hotel where Grossman
was lodging at the time; he made an inventory of
the property and papers he found in the pos-
session of the accused, and he subsequently
handed the property and papers to Detective
Grimshaw. At this stage the accused was re-
manded for a week.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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TALES OF THE TWEED AND SUGAR IN THE NLA NEWSPAPERS

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article1306169

BRISBANE COURIER FRIDAY 7 JANUARY 1870

READ FULL ARTICLE FOR Guilfoyle’s description of landscape and flora as well as local residents as he sails up the Tweed River in his small boat.

 

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Mr Guilfoyle also speaks of the Brisbane Botanic Gardens.

THE TWEED RIVER.

By M. Guilfoyle.

Although several of the local papers have
given publicity to the object which I had in
visiting the Tweed-valley, for the purpose of

establishing a sugar plantation and a tropical
nursery, I am tempted to say something in
praise of this most beautiful river, merely for
the purpose of making known to those who have
an idea of cultivating the sugar cane what
might be done there by perseverance and a
small amount of capital. The Tweed is the
most northern river of New South Wales. At
half-past 5 o’clock on Wednesday, the 10th of
November, my party and myself, &c, left
Sydney, and arrived at 9 o’clock at night, on the
following Friday, off the Heads or entrance to
the river

READ ON

MCLEOD ON CONDONG PLAINS

So far we have placed John and Normal Bell with their families on the TWEED RIVER. We also have their sister Wilhelmina who married GEORGE DINSEY. There is a MR BELL christian name unknown supervising at ABBOTSFORD MILL( I don’t yet know which mill that was. ) Now a JOHN MCLEOD appears and McLeod is the maiden name of the mother WILHELMINA who came on the JAMES MORAN in 1839. She had other children with her whose names I don’t as yet have.

WANTED to Let, on Clearing Leases, Seven FARMS, of from forty to fifty acres each; fine scrub land; river frontage, Tweed River ¡ eight miles from the Heads. Apply to Mr. JOHN M’LEOD, Condong Plains, Tweed River ; or E. W. S. HAYLEY, Southgate, Clarence River. 2575

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article1295006

The Brisbane Courier Friday 30 August 1872, page 1.

This is 3 years after JOHN BELL acquires his land and 6 years before he married MARY ANN MCNEIL.

 

And in 1881;

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article919217

he Brisbane Courier Saturday 30 April 1881, page 5

“Unique” writes from the Tweed River:
” On the evening of Easter Monday the rather monotonous course of life on the Tweed was broken by a ball given by the employes of the C.S.R. Company, and which, under the kind auspices of Mr. and Mrs Isaacs, bids fair to become one of the annual events of the neighbourhood. A range of the barracks had been prepared for the festive occasion, and, although the weather was unpropitious, a goodly array of the votaries of Terpsichore assembled. The room had  been most effectively decorated by the hands of f$air neighbours-wreaths, crowns, and pendants of varied colours relieved tbe sombre green of the foliage with which the walls and roof had been profusely ornamented, and with the brilliancy of the lights and the bright eyes and flowing drapery of the ladies, combined to produce a tout ensemble seldom seen in the neighbourhood. Dancing commenced at 8 o’clock to the enlivening strains of three musicians, and dance succeeded dance in rapid succession till long past the small hours of the morning. At a late hour the party broke up with many expressions of pleasure on the part of the hosts that their guests had been sufficiently enterprising to brave such stormy weather, and of hope that on a future occasion Condong might again be honoured by their presence.

 

 

THE COTTAGE

THE COTTAGE BILAMBIL 2008

James had been born to John and Mary Ann by this time and Norman was born in 1881.

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article3429862 FROM BRISBANE COURIER THURSDAY MAY 8 . In 1884, Mr T Steel from the CONDONG MILL sent a large series of animals to the QUEENSLAND MUSEUM for nomenaclature.and two of those were included in science and named as follows;

    1. a tree frog resembling in coloration an American  species. Now named HYLA FENESTRATA and
    2. a fish of the GENUS GALAXUS which was to be described as GALAXIAS BREVIANALUS

The ABBOTSFORD MILL I find in the BRISBANE COURIER 5 AUGUST 1882 was erected near the JUNCTION – the village now called TUMBULGUM. This one did not belong to the massive COLONIAL SUGAR REFINING COMPANY to which CONDONG belonged. It belonged to PRINGLE, SHANKY and CO. Small but enterprising beginners.  http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article3412851

 

IN 1886 the schooner CONDONG, of the TWEED RIVER, was carrying logs of beech, cedar and pine into BRISBANE. In the same year a general servant was wanted for the CONDONG MILL at 15s per week.

IN 1889 E DOWLING of Condong won 900 pounds in the  TATTERSALLS MELBOURNE- CUP SWEEPS.

And in 1892, the BELLS went south to LAURIETON. Some of the family remained. Wilhelmina Dinsey for one.

AND FROM TUMBULGUM, where I lived from 2002-2005;

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article3701412

The Brisbane Courier Tuesday 12 September 1899,

A correspondent of a New South Wales
top-country paper questions whether the
Hunter district is entitled to the credit of
producing the largest pumpkins. He says :
-” I read an account of prolific pumpkins
in the Hunter. The Hunter may be a won-
derful place for pumpkins, but a neighbour
of mine, at Tumbulgum, lost a sow not long

since. He searched everywhere for several
days without success, and at last came to
the conclusion that she was dead.- But one
day, while riding across his farm, he no-

ticed something peculiar about one of his
pumpkins. He rode over to see, and was
surprised to find his sow. She had eaten
her way into the pumpkin, made a bed, and
had a litter of thirteen young ones all inside
the pumpkin

 

the DEATH OF GEORGE DINSEY http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article3963005

THE TWEED BETWEEN 1869 AND 1892

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SOMEWHERE IN THIS PERIOD JOHN BELL SUSTAINED THE INJURIES THAT TOOK THEM SOUTH TO LAURIETON. WHAT HAPPENED TO HIM ? “THEY” SAY IT WAS AN ACCIDENT IN THE CANE.

1872 http://www.family.joint.net.au/indexnew.php?mid=1&cid=43

DISTANCE 566 MILES NORTH OF SYDNEY 

MAIL CLOSES AT GENERAL POST BY CLARENCE RIVER STEAMERS, AND BY SAILING VESSELS
AS OPPORTUNITY OFFERS
MAIL ARRIVES AT POST TOWN SUNDAY 4 P.M. AND BY SAILING VESSELS AS OPPORTUNITY
OFFERS
MAIL LEAVES FOR SYDNEY TUESDAY 8 A.M. AND BY SAILING VESSELS AS OPPORTUNITY
OFFERS
MAIL ARRIVES AT SYDNEY BY CLARENCE AND RICHMOND RIVER STEAMERS, AND BY SAILING
VESSELS

ROUTE BY CLARENCE AND RICHMOND RIVER STEAMERS, KYNNUMBOON.
 
INCLUDES NORMAN AND JOHN BELL AT KYNNUMBOON.

from the BRISBANE COURIER TUESDAY 25 DECEMBER 1877 page 6

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article1368785

The heat had been intense but was now intermittent with a sky ominously overcast. They had had showers and a thunderstorm had passed over.

The sugar mill mentioned in this article is called the ABBOTSFORD SUGAR MILL but I haven’t so far found another reference to it. Certainly the only Mill on the Tweed now is the CONDONG mill. Down at the TWEED HISTORICAL SOCIETY, there is an image of BELL’s Wharf which I shall purchase next time I am there. When I first looked, I didn’t realise the presence of the Bells in this area. The article in the BRISBANE COURIER of 1877, speaks of field operations and crushing going on ‘ merrily’. They have a complement of 20-25 men and in the field they are supervised by Mr Byrne and in the crushing by MR BELL. I shall approach the Murwillumbah Hospital one day and see whether they have any records that might explain the ‘accident’ which invalided John Bell. This Mr Bell at the mill might or might not be John. It is a year before his marriage to Mary Ann McNeil. There may well have been other Bells here  but Norman is not likely to be one of them because his children are being born down south by then. 

There was also an ascent being made to the top of MT WARNING to have a display of fireworks on the summit for CHRISTMAS. We seem to be somewhat lacking in vision in 2008. They were making a picnic party of the excursion with several gentlemen from Brisbane expected to attend.

The COLONIAL SUGAR REFINING COMPANY was acquiring land for extensions.

Two public schools are noted; MURWILLUMBAH and JUNCTION.

 

In 1879 and 1881, Tenders were taken for the conveyance of the MAILS

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article899633

The Brisbane Courier Saturday 16 August 1879, page 3.

Nerang Creek and Murwillumbah, to Mudgeraba and Tallebudgera, by horse, twice a week, for one or two years.

 

and http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article819901

The Maitland Mercury… Saturday 17 September 1881, page 3

Lismore and Kynnumboon or Murwillumbah,

once a week.

3. Lismore and Tirrania, once a week.

84. Lismore, Wollongbar, Alstonville, and BallinB,

once a week.

85. Kynnumboon or Murwillumbah, and Tumbulgum

three times a week.

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In 1882 JOHN WAUGH was manager of the COMMERCIAL BANK in MURWILLUMBAH.  

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article3453268

The Brisbane Courier Wednesday 25 November 1885, page 3

Constable Biffin, of the New South Wales police, deposed to the arrest and search of prisoner at Murwillumbah, on the 22nd Sep-tember. He deposed to the jewellery produced being that found by him in prisoner’s boxes.

READ ON FOR A FELONY IN INSOLVENCY AND YOUNG ADOLPH GROSSMAN

 

 

IN 1887 A ROYAL MAIL COACH ran from TALLEDBUDGERA TO MURWILLUMBAH daily except for MONDAYS at 7 am. and one from MURWILLUMBAH TO TALLEBUDGERA daily except for MONDAYS at 12.30pm.

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article3461689

TWEED ROADS, &c http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article1332348

IN 1889, MRS BLEKINSOP’s EMPLOYMENT AGENCY in BRISBANE was seeking a cook and a laundress for an hotel in MURWILLUMBAH

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article3492278

The Brisbane Courier Monday 11 February 1889, page 2.

1889 http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article3494704
The Brisbane Courier Wednesday 10 April 1889, page 4

Customs officer R. B. Downie, stationed at
Tallebudgera, reports to the Collector of
Customs, under date 4th April, that during
last month he patrolled the border from the
Murwillumbah Crossing to the Tweed River
Heads. The roads, especially between Talle-
budgera and the border, are in a very bad

state from the recent heavy rains. During the
month there arrived by coaoh from New South
Wales five passengers, while seven passengers
left for New South Wales during the same
period. A good number of swagmen have
been going over to the Tweed in search of
work. The country in the neighbourhood of
Tallebudgera is looking exceedingly well, and
there is plenty of grass and water.

 

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1891 JANE HARRISON v JOHN HARRISON
he Brisbane Courier Thursday 19 March 1891, page 3
http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article3523756
 

 

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GoldCoastHistory 1851 – 1900  http://www.goldcoast.com.au/about-gold-coast/gold-coast-history-2.html

Joshua Bray – (1838-1918) http://www.tweedhistory.org.au/murwillumbah/bray.shtml

ABSTRACT In March 1864 Samuel returned with his wife and child, shortly after them Joshua Bray joined them and they became partners. In 1865 Joshua returned to Tumut and became engaged to Rosalie (called Gertrude). He returned to the Tweed with a carpenter who built him a house of pit saw timber, Joshua named the house, ‘Kynnumboon’, an Aboriginal name for the land on which it was built. Joshua and Gertrude were married in Armidale NSW, they then went by gig to Singleton, train to Newcastle and boat to Sydney for a short honeymoon. They returned to the Tweed going by boat to Brisbane, Qld. and then rode down to the Tweed on horseback.

NEW SOUTH WALES SHIPWRECKS http://oceans1.customer.netspace.net.au/nsw-wrecks.html

Byron. Wooden screw steamship, 145/99 tons. #101024. Built at Terrigal, NSW, 1891, as a schooner; reg. Sydney, 75/1891. Lbd 96.2 x 20.4 x 8.1 ft. Sprang a leak in a gale and abandoned off Lake Macquarie, off Nine Mile Beach, Red Head, NSW, 24 May 1896. The Newcastle lifeboat rescued the crew. See also topsail schooner Condong and barquentine Karoola lost in the same gale.  [LN – 99 tons],[ASR],[MR],[SAN],[BNN]
@ Wrecksite known, south-east of Redhead Point.

NEW SOUTH WALES SHIPWRECKS http://oceans1.customer.customer.netspace.net.au/nsw-main.html

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Murwillumbah http://www.smh.com.au/news/New-South-Wales/Murwillumbah/2005/02/17/1108500197934.html

ABSTRACT

Sugarcane was first grown in the valley in 1869 as free selectors began to take up land. However, two years later, a visitor noted that the river was covered on both sides by dense scrub with but a few dispersed dwellings. One of the selectors – Joshua Bray (the future police magistrate) – is said to have adopted the name ‘Murwillumbah’ from the local Aborigines. It is thought to describe either a good place for camping beside the river or a good place to catch possums.

The townsite was surveyed in 1872. The post office was transferred from Kynnumboon (just to the north) in 1877, the school was transferred from Tumbulgum in 1878, a courthouse was built and the first bank was established in 1880. The first sugar mill in the area also opened in 1880. A ferry service replaced the punt in 1888. However, settlement remained limited until the railway arrived in 1894 from Lismore via Mullumbimby

Cane Farming – Getting Established http://www.tweed.nsw.gov.au/Museum/History/Content/sugar1.aspx

 

Sunshine Sugar http://www.sunshinesugar.com.au/sust_energy.htm

 

Cane cutter knife c.1950s http://www.migrationheritage.nsw.gov.au/exhibition/objectsthroughtime/caneknife/

 

TWEED RIVER MANAGEMENT PLAN ADVISORY COMMITTEE

November 1998 http://www.tweed.nsw.gov.au/Waterways/pdfs/rm_bankmanagementplan.htm

 

Kynnumboon Bridge, Queensland Rd,Murwillumbahhttp://www.aussieheritage.com.au/listings/nsw/Murwillumbah/KynnumboonBridge/5422

 

THE NORTH COAST TRAIN LINE AS IT ONCE WAS 

Casino – Old Casino 6/11/1905
Old Casino – Lismore 19/10/1903
Lismore – Mullumbimby 15/5/1894
Mullumbimby – Murwillumbah 24/12/1894
Murwillumbah – Condong 24/12/1894

http://fang.omni.com.au/trains/Murbah.html 

 

Australia’s sugar industry

By Robert F. McKillop

http://www.lrrsa.org.au/LRR_SGRa.htm

 

 

 

BACK ON THE TWEED RIVER

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WHATEVER it was the BELLs were doing, they are listed as landholders from 1869-1890 , Norman and Agnes have JANET LAURIE and WILLIMINA here in 1871 and 1872, JOHN and MARY ANN have children on the Tweed between 1879 and 1890 and at least JANET LAURIE marries in Murwillumbah in 1898.

JAMES and WILHELLMINA BELL’s children  are listed at the time of Wilhelmina’s death 2 March 1903 as;

NAME AGE COMMENTS ON NSW BDM LISTINGS
MARY(LAURIE) 57

MARY’s marriage is listed as 1866 to ALEXANDER J  LAWRIE in DUNGOG . DOD Stroud 1918

WILHELMINA(DINSEY) 56

MARRIES GEORGE DINSEY IN 1865 IN DUNGOG. This would indicate that Wilhelmina was Mrs Dinsey by the time the Bells moved north. Dinsey Creek is between Condong and Tumbulgum. She dies in 1911 in Murwillumbah.

NORMAN 54 Married AGNES in 1870 at DUNGOG
JOHN 52 Marries MARY ANN MCNEIL in 1878 at TAREE
MARGARET(MCEACHRAN) 50

Listed as an 1880 marriage to  MACEACHRAN JOHN IN LISMORE
Death recorded in 1920 at MURRUMBURRAH.

ELIZABETH(WALKER) 48 I cannot find a WALKER marrying a BELL as yet but ELIZABETH WALKER does die in 1948 in GLOUCESTER.
CHRISTINA(QUIRK) 47 Nor for CHRISTINA as yet but I do have her death In Murwillumbah in 1944 so she was a Tweed woman.

 

 

JOHN and MARY ANN’s 9 children with places and years of birth;

JAMES
1879
TWEED RIVER

NORMAN
1881
TWEED RIVER

ANNE MCLEOD
1883
TWEED RIVER in 1918 married STANLEY WITCHARD in TAREE.

JANET
1885
TWEED RIVER

LESLIE DONALD RAYMOND
1887
TWEED RIVER

MARY HENRIETTA
1890
MURWILLUMBAH married THOMAS MCLENNAN IN TAREE 1914

ROY MCNEIL
1895
LAURIETON

WILHELMINA ELIZABETH
1897
LAURIETON

WILLIAM ALLEN MARRIED JESSIE SARAH READY

 

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CONNECTIONS FROM MURWILLUMBAH AND THE TWEED – BELLS, BIGNELLS, LAURIES AND MORE

NORMAN BELL was the older brother of JOHN BELL wife of MARY ANN MCNEIL. They had adjoining land at CONDONG on the TWEED.

Their parents were JAMES AND WILHELMINA as noted elsewhere. James was the housebreaker transported from Glasgow in 1831 on the YORK and WILHELMINA was the daughter of WILLIAM MCLEOD and JANET MACKAY who came on the JAMES MORAN in 1839. They married in 1839 at MAITLAND when WILHELMINA was 17 years old. Check in the search engine to the right for further details. It appears at this time that the Mcleods and Mackays came as a result of the ruthless clearances of the Sutherland Shires in the HIGHLANDS of Scotland. In the 1860s the BELL boys have land on the TWEED. The NSW BDM records indicate that their father JAMES died in 1859( to be verified). I do not know what brought the boys ( and perhaps more members of their family north from the Maitland Area). Land is also indicated to belong to WILHELLMINA BELL – mother ? sister ? daughter ?

NORMAN BELL was born 1845 and died 15 June 1924 . He is buried in BARRINGTON CEMETERY. His occupations are listed at TWEED RIVER HISTORICAL SOCIETY as farmer/grazier. Whilst on Tweed he was resident at CONDONG. Norman married in 1870 at DUNGOG NSW. His wife was AGNES FRASER HIGGINS and her mother was JANET LAURIE. As my mother used to tell me the BELLS and the LAURIES were ‘tied in somehow”. Her father was JOHN HIGGINS. Agnes Higgins was born at Pt Stephens in 1846 and died in CHATSWOOD, SYDNEY in 1929.

Their children;

names birthdate and place marriage date and spouse death date and place
JANET LAURIE 1871 TWEED RIVER 1898 GEORGE BIGNELL MURWILLUMBAH  
WILLIMINA A 1872 TWEED RIVER JOHN A. GUNN COPELAND 1895 1911 STROUD NSW
JAMES WALTER 1874 PORT STEPHENS   15-8-1886 NSW
AGNES MARY 1876 PORT STEPHENS GORDON A D CLARK STROUD 1915  
ELIZABETH J 1878 PORT STEPHENS JOHN STACE PORT STEPHENS 1903
MARGARET CHRISTINA 1881 BARRINGTON THOMAS FARLEY CRICK SYDNEY 1907  
MARY HENRIETTA 1883 COPELAND WILLIAM JAMES MARTIN STROUD 1907 22-8-1938 KRAMBACH NSW
JOHN JAMES 1889 COPELAND   1923 BARRINGTON
NOREINE F 1893 COPELAND    

From these dates it appears Norman left the Tweed district by the early 1870s whereas John’s Children are born on Tweed between 1879 and 1890 with the youngest being born at Laurieton in the early 90s. Hmm. A rethink required again.

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THE INFORMATION I HAVE IS THAT NO 49 IS JOHN BELL’S LAND . ( YET TO BE VERIFIED AS ONE MAP INDICATES CONDONG AND ONE IS FURTHER ALONG NEAR STOTTS CREEK)

 

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GEORGE  BIGNELL. IN 1898 AT MURWILLUMBAH MARRIED JANET LAURIE BELL DAUGHTER OF NORMAN BELL WHO WAS BROTHER OF JOHN BELL, GRANNY’S HUSBAND.  http://www.aif.adfa.edu.au:8080/showPerson?pid=22518

 

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FROM THE NATIONAL LIBRARY OF AUSTRALIA HISTORIC NEWSPAPERS

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article1368785

There is mention of a MR BELL managing the ABBOTSFORD SUGAR MILL on the TWEED.

 

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MURWILLUMBAH LINKS

http://www.mit.edu/~dfm/genealogy/sercombe.html Sercombe Families

TWEED RIVER

THANKS TO THE TWEED RIVER HISTORICAL SOCIETY, I HAVE INFORMATION ABOUT THE BELLS ON THE TWEED. AT CONDONG CREEK.

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TWEED RIVER AT TUMBULGUM NEAR THE BELL LAND.

MT WARNING FROM BILAMBIL.

TUMBULGUM STORE.

 

James Bell’s widow, Wilhelmina Bell (b 1820) did not remarry. She died in 1903 under the name Bell as a widow. She was 83. She was the daughter of William McLeod and Janey McKay. She died on the 2nd March 1903. She married James Bell at age 17 years at Maitland.

At the time of her death her children were:

Mary (Laurie) 57 Wilhelmina (Dinsey) 56
Norman 54 John 52
Margaret (McEachran) 50 Elizabeth (Walker) 48
Christina (Quirk) 47  

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Now John it was who was married to Granny Bell ( Mary Ann Mc Neill) . He had land on the Tweed from 1869 till app 1890 when they went South and Laurieton became the centre of our Bell universe. My own Grandfather Mick Bell ( William Allen) was one of their children. Mick ( Poppa Bell) and Jessie Sarah Ready ( Nana Bell) spent most of their married lives in Redfern and then in TWEEDMOUTH Avenue , ROSEBERY . Coincidence ?

Now in the 21st Century , Lynne Bell Sanders, lives in Bilambil on the Tweed and lived from 2002-2005 in TUMBULGUM which is within 5 kilometres of where the 3 BELLS had their land grants . That was Norman, John and Wilhelmina. Susan Sanders Pomroy lives in Port Macquarie within kilometres of LAURIETON. ( Note that Mary Bell married a LAURIE) . 

https://lynnesheritage.wordpress.com/2008/03/25/bells-and-dinseys-and-tweed-pt-2/

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THE TWEED FROM THE NATIONAL LIBRARY AUSTRALIA NEWSPAPERS DIGITISATION PROJECT.

 http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article2186819

SYDNEY GAZETTE 1826

It is thought by some, that the river lately discovered by Captain Logan, 50 miles to the South  of Moreton-bay, and immediately under Mount Warning, designated the DARLING RIVER, is the same of which the late Mr. Uniacke speaks, in Judge Field’s compiled work on this Colony

Mr.Uniacke accompanied Mr. Oxley in a tour to Moreton-bay, and it appears that they fell in with a bay, or river, to the south of Moreton-bay, to which the name of the Tweed was given, but we cannot bring ourselves to believe that the Tweed and the Darling are one and the same,

READ ON.

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article2188791

THE STORY OF CAPTAIN LOGAN’S EXPLORATION SOUTH OF MORETON BAY AND DOWN TO MT WARNING

The Sydney Gazette and… Friday 17 August 1827, page 2

June 13th. Continued my route eastward, over a very diflicult and mountainous country ; at length perceived Mount Warning, direct in my course   READ ON

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article2193237

The Sydney Gazette and… Saturday 22 August 1829, page 2.

EXTRACT FROM THE DIARY OF CAPTAIN BARBUS HM COLONIAL SCHOONER “ALLIGATOR” : AS HE SEARCHES IN 1827 FOR THE WRECK OF THE “ELIZABETH”, POWDITCH. BETWEEN CAPE BYRON AND THE SOLITARY ISLES. COMING ACROSS  RIVER ENTRANCES AND BARS AND NOTING THE LATITUDES ETC. THE HEADLANDS OF CAPE BYRON AND POINT DANGER PROVIDE THE PRIMARY SIGNIFICANT LANDMARKS FOR THESE RIVER MOUTHS.

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article2193497

The Sydney Gazette and… Saturday 26 September 1829

THE CONCLUSION OF AN ARTICLE WRITTEN BY A MEMBER OF CAPTAIN LOGAN’S PARTY  EXPLORING THE NORTHERN RIVERS.
HE TELLS OF PIERCING COLD AND A PLAIN COVERED WITH EMU.
http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article2201896

The Sydney Gazette and… Saturday 26 December 1835, page 2.

A PROSPECTUS IS ISSUED FOR A COMPANY WHICH ENCOMPASSES MUCH OF THE NORTH.

“……..the territory within the limits specified in the Prospectus, possesses no less than five large beautiful rivers; viz. the M’Leay, or the Trial of Cunningham, the Brimbo, or the Big River, the Brisbane, one unnamed as yet, which empties itself into the sea near Double Point, and the Boyne, besides the Tweed, and a multiplicity of minor ones; and that it possesses numerous harbours, bays, and roadsteads for the anchorage of shipping; some of them as yet but very imperfectly known ”

READ ON

This article has implications for many matters including immigration which is the method by which Wilhelmina Mcleod and her mother Janet Mackay later came from the SUTHERLAND SHIRE ( arriving in 1839 ) . THIS IS THE STORY OF A GRAND VISION.

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article678614

The Maitland Mercury… Wednesday 28 January 1846, page 3.

The Barque, GOLDEN FLEECE, 120 tons , CAPTAIN JOHNSON,arrived in Sydney from the RIVER TWEED with 70,000 feet CEDAR.
http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article680149

The steamer, THISTLE, making its way between SYDNEY and MORETON BAY spotted a large boat on the beach. Unable to land a boat due to conditions the Thistle proceeded into Moreton Bay to discover that two of the crew had arrived there. The boat belonged to Mr Burgess and had been making its way from TWEED to MORETON BAY.

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http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article682934

The Maitland Mercury… Saturday 11 July 1846,

THE death of two sawyers is reported on THE TWEED RIVER. A murder it was.

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http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article683611

The Maitland Mercury… Saturday 8 August 1846, page 2

THE barque Golden Fleece and the cutter Catherine still remained bar-bound at the Tweed ; the crew of the latter had been overland to Brisbane to obtain supplies.

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article684452

The Maitland Mercury… Wednesday 2 September 1846, page 2

Loss of the ” Coolangatta.”-The Tamar, steamer, which arrived on Sunday from Moreton Bay, brought intelligence of the loss of the schooner Coolangatta, which vessel was driven ashore from her anchors in a gale of wind a short distance to the northward of the River Tweed

                         1846

ARRIVAL IN SYDNEY

Golden Fleece, barque, 120 tons, Captain Collins, from the Tweed, with a cargo of cedar.

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article696503

The Maitland Mercury… Saturday 9 February 1850, page 4

A NUMBER OF NEW POLICE DISTRICTS ARE FORMED. ONE OF THESE IS :

47:  Tabulam-In the squatting district of Clarence, and embracing the county of Rous, and part of the county of Richmond, bounded on the north by the range dividing the waters of the Logan, and other rivers from those of the Clarence, Richmond, and Tweed Rivers, from Point Danger to the great dividing range , on the west by the great dividing range, and a Line bearing south crossing the Rocky River at a point where the banks close in abruptly, about miles east of “Frocester,” Mr Bloxsome”s station, to a line bearing east from the Bolivia Range , on the south by that line to the Clarence River, thence by a line bearing north-east to the range dividing the waters of the Clarence and Richmond Rivers, and by that range to the sea , and on the east by the sea to Point Danger aforesaid

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article680846

The Maitland Mercury… Saturday 23 August 1851, page 3.

The Effort, from the Tweed River, reports the Ocean Queen, schooner, ashore on the North Head of the Tweed Bar, on the 12th instant, and not likely to be got off

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article679073

The Maitland Mercury… Wednesday 8 October 1851

ARRIVALS OF STEAMERS IN SYDNEY

Naughten, from the Tweed River, with
34,000 feet cedar

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article667445

The Maitland Mercury… Saturday 28 May 1853,

ARRIVALS OF COASTERS.

Flirt, from the Tweed, with 30,000 feet cedar ;

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article682053

                       1853

EXPORTS TO LONDON FROM THE NORTHERN RIVERS
http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article2458489

The Courier (Hobart,… Saturday 21 March 1857, page 2.

LOSS OF ANOTHER SHIP ON THE TWEED BAR – THE “FAVOURITE ” .
http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article1279444

The Brisbane Courier Saturday 30 September 1865

A HARD CASE – A story  of mistaken identity as Mr William Smith of the TWEED RIVER assists a friend in tracking down a horse thief.

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article1302592

The Brisbane Courier Saturday 24 April 1869, page 4.

The ketch Maid of the Mill has arrived, with a small parcel from the Tweed River

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article1297593

The Brisbane Courier Saturday 2 October 1869, page 4.

CLEARANCE.

October 1.-Sarah and Jane, cutter, 15 tons, Captain W. Griffin, for the Tweed River. Passengers : Mr. and Mrs. W. Jones and family (3), Mr. and Mrs. Hy. Carey and family (4).

 

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article1297561

The Brisbane Courier Saturday 2 October 1869, page 4.

THE MAIZE TRADE BECOMES BIG ON TWEED
http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article1303128

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article1300217

THE KETCH MAGGIE LOGAN 1869
http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article1302073

The Brisbane Courier Saturday 20 November 1869, page 4.

Maize maintains its price, but the supply seems to be small The shipment from the Tweed River by the Sarah and Jane realised 4s 3d per bushel

 

 

https://lynnesheritage.wordpress.com/2008/03/25/bells-and-dinseys-and-tweed-pt-2/

NLA NEWSPAPERS – TUMBULGUM AND THE TWEED RIVER

 

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JOHN and NORMAN BELLS’ LANDS ARE IN CLOSE PROXIMITY TO TUMBULGUM. I came to live on the Tweed in 2001 and in Tumbulgum in 2002. My mother Joyce Bells and her sisters and brother grew up in Sydney in a street called TWEEDMOUTH AVENUE. My own granddaughter Madeline was born at TWEED HEADS HOSPITAL in 2004.

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TENDERS for the CONVEYANCE OF MAILS ON NORTH  COAST NSW AND TRAIN SCHEDULES

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article819748

ESTIMATES FOR SUBORDINATE ROADS IN NORTHERN NSW 1883

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article869143

Cudgen, via Guilfoyle’s C, P. and M’Leod’s Creek, to

Tweed Junction, 8 miles, £200; Murwillumbah to
Tumbulgum, 8 miles, £200; Byangum, via Tweed
Junction to border, 30 miles, £1500; Byangum, via

Sebastopol, to Tweed River Heads, 6 miles, £150

CESSATION OF FERRY SERVICES ON TWEED RIVER 1934

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article1172177

TWEED FERRYMAN SAVES WOMAN’S LIFE AT TUMBULGUM APRIL 1934

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article1185619

TRUCK PLUNGES

FROM PUNT

Ferryman Saves
Woman’s Life

MURWILLUMBAH, April 2.

When the hand punt was almost across the north arm of the Tweed
River at Tumbulgum late this afternoon a motor truck which It was con-
veying suddenly ran back, broke the gates of the punt and fell into the
river, which at this spot is eight or nine feet deep. The truck was driven
by Mr. O. Hicks, who was accompanied by his wife and Mr. and Mrs.
Daly, of Newstead, Brisbane.

Mrs- Daly, the only occupant of the truck at the time, was seated in the
driver’s cabin. The ferryman, E. Hill, realising her danger, promptly leaned
over the lip of the punt and pulled her back on board. While running to
his wife’s assistance Mr. Daly fell and badly injured his leg. Half an hour
later the truck was hauled out of the water by a breakdown car.

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MURWILLUMBAH BEING  APP 10 KILOMETRES SOUTH OF CONDONG. MAYBE LESS. IT IS NOW THE MAIN TOWNSHIP AND CONDONG AND TUMBULGUM ARE SMALL VILLAGES. HERE are SOME NLA MURWILLUMBAH STORIES

MURWILLUMBAH HOTEL 1872

A CASE of most brutal assault occurred very

recently on the Tweed River. From the in-

formation that has reached us (Clarence

Examiner) we learn that a German named

William Mayers, a publican, residing and keep

ing the Murwillumbah Hotel on the Tweed

River, assaulted and beat his wife while in the

pains of labor, and that when the mother was

delivered the child was found not only lifeless,

but with two bruises one on the right temple ;

READ ON AT http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article1298630

 

SUGAR CANE 1873 AND THE DRY SEASON

TWEED ROADS 1873

CONDONG IN THE NLA PAPERS

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THESE EXTRACTS ARE FROM THE PERIOD WHEN JOHN AND MARY ANN BELL WERE ON THE TWEED RIVER OF NSW INVOLVED IN CANE FARMING.

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article919217

THE STORY OF A SUGAR MILL BALL IN 1881.

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article856079

SUGAR INDUSTRY IN THE TWEED ( 1882)

The Sugar Industry at the

Tweed.

(Macleay Herald, Aug. 12.)

For upwards of twenty miles the banks of

this river are dotted with patches of cane.

Commencing at Cudgen, six miles from the

Heads, and proceeding up the head of navi-

gation (about twenty-two miles further), small

plantations show themselves here and there

all looking vigorous and healthy. But it must

not be supposed that the total area of land

under cane is large because it extends so far

in different directions ; I suppose, at a rough

estimate the whole of the Tweed sugar lands

at present under crop scarcely exceeds 2000

acres. And notwithstanding that the cultiva-

tion is so scattered there are few mills to be

seen, the greater part of the landowners

being content with growing the cane and

disposing of the crop to the Colonial Sugar

Company, whose mills are erected in a very

central spot at Condong. There is no

difficulty experienced in carrying the cane

to the mill, temporary jetties being made on

the river bank in the fields from which it is

carted and shot into punts which come

alongside to convey it to its destination.

Cane-growers mostly receive 10s per ton for

their cane but to secure this price, the cane

must be trashed ; when untrashed 9s is the

price paid and there are some that think the

9s for untrashed cane pays best.

The principal mill on the Tweed River is

that owned by the Colonial Sugar Company

already mentioned. This company owns

quite a fleet of large punts, a steam launch of

considerable size, and a larger paddle-boat, all

of which work on the river ; and in addition

to these a larger steamer called the Terra-

nora, named after a creek which empties into

the Tweed a few miles from the Heads .

 

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article903793

WORK AT THE MILLS

COLONIAL SUGAR REFINING COMPANY

IT is hereby notified that WORK will be COM-

MENCED at the Company’s Sugar Mills on the

Clarence, Richmond, ano Tweed Rivers TOWARDS

THE END OF JULY. The hands will be engaged at

the Harwood, Chatsworth, Broadwater, and Condong

Mills, on TUESDAY, the 17th of July. The Southgate

Mill will not be worked. The season is expected to

extend over a period of from four to five months.

E. W. KNOX,

General Manager

 

 

NATIONAL LIBRARY AUSTRALIA NEWSPAPERS : CONDONG ON THE TWEED RIVER

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Having found the NLA NEWSPAPERS: I am deeply engaged in HUNTING through them. These are a very good find. Free access and the opportunity to assist with editing the electronically transcribed articles. Easy and efficient and a treasure trove. 1803 to 1945. Who knows what’s hidden in there ? Today I am looking at Condong. Condong is a wee village on the Tweed River of NSW. Close to Tumbulgum and Murwillumbah. The significance for us is that John and Norman Bell had land on the River somewhere along the stretch between Condong and Tumbulgum.  The Tweed Heads Historical Society added this dimension to my knowledge of the family earlier this year. Stunned me. They have an image of Bells’ Wharf which I shall purchase at some time and put up here.   I have taken some Photographs myself at Dinsey Creek and across the river where perhaps the land was.

John Bell was known to have 100 acres of land at Condong in 1869 but had left the area by 1892 following an accident which left him invalided. (https://lynnesheritage.wordpress.com/2008/06/17/granny-bell-a-legend-in-her-own-lifetime/) Condong Creek it says. Portion no. 30.  His brother Norman had 300 acres adjoining and sister Wilhelmina had 55 acres.(according to LANDS RECORD DATA TWEED VALLEY 1866-1966 OF TWDHS)

NATIONAL LIBRARY AUSTRALIA NEWSPAPERS : CONDONG

WANTED to Let, on Clearing Leases,Seven

FARMS, of from forty to fifty acres

Help fix this text!

each ; fine scrub land ; river frontage, Tweed

River; eight miles from the Heads. Apply to

Mr. JOHN M’LEOD

 

I have included this one because John Bell’s mother Wilhellmina was a McLeod. Wilhelmina married James Bell a convict from Glasgow in the Hunter district at Paterson . In 1869 John Bell had land on the Tweed at Condong . Is John McLeod a connection ?

NATIONAL LIBRARY OF AUSTRALIA NEWSPAPERS : CONDONG

Having found the NLA NEWSPAPERS: I am deeply engaged in HUNTING through them. These are a very good find. Free access and the opportunity to assist with editing the electronically transcribed articles. Easy and efficient and a treasure trove. 1803 to 1945. Who knows what’s hidden in there ? Today I am looking at Condong. Condong is a wee village on the Tweed River of NSW. Close to Tumbulgum and Murwillumbah. The significance for us is that John and Norman Bell had land on the River somewhere along the stretch between Condong and Tumbulgum.  The Tweed Heads Historical Society added this dimension to my knowledge of the family earlier this year. Stunned me. They have an image of Bells’ Wharf which I shall purchase at some time and put up here.   I have taken some Photographs myself at Dinsey Creek and across the river where perhaps the land was.

John Bell was known to have 100 acres of land at Condong in 1869 but had left the area by 1892 following an accident which left him invalided.

 

WANTED to Let, on Clearing Leases,Seven

FARMS, of from forty to fifty acres

Help fix this text!

each ; fine scrub land ; river frontage, Tweed

River; eight miles from the Heads. Apply to

Mr. JOHN M’LEOD,

 

GRANNY BELL A LEGEND IN HER OWN LIFETIME

10 12 laurieton hotel

LAURIETON HOTEL

the story of Mary Ann McNeill – Granny Bell.

from THE VALLEY ADVERTISER 15-1-1975

 

The Rotary Club of Lauieton has completed what it terms as the GRANNY BELL Project and will on Saturday January 25 1975 at 3 pm conduct a dedication ceremony at the Laurieton Cemetery.

GRANNY BELL as she was affectionately known is a legend in the Camden Haven District.

Born at Taree on June 27 1859 she married John Bell in 1878 and from this union came a family of none children : James, Norman, Anne, Janet, Mary, Roy, Elizabeth and William.

Shortly after her marriage, they were settled on the Tweed River where for a number of years they engaged in cane farming until her husband suffered an unfortunate accident which rendered him an invalid and they moved to Laurieton in 1892.

To supplement their earnings and support their large family, Granny conducted a boarding house and established herself as a professional nurse and it was in this calling that she became a legend to all.

It would be impossible to narrate the many things Granny did in those early days for without doctors and the only transport being horse and buggy or boat, she was undaunted in her efforts to reach a sick bed. 

She waded through flood waters , crossed flooded rivers by boat and travelled for miles in an open  sulky to reach the sick, attend an accident or bring a child into the world.

She was always amongst the first to arrive at a stricken household , carrying out all that was required without fee or reward.

Granny will always be remembered not only as a professional nurse but one who on many occasions left her own sick bed, unselfishly spending hours with a bereaved family.

Her self-sacrifice will always be remembered and cherished with feelings of grateful admiration and undying gratitude  by all whom she befriended.

in 1902 , for her many good deeds, she was presented with an illuminated address signed by more than 80 residents and it was these deeds that , no doubt,  led the officiating Minister at her graveside to liken Granny to Florence Nightingale.

For this important dedication it is expected that many residents of the Camden Haven district will converge on the Laurieton Cemetery to pay homage to this remarkable woman – GRANNY BELL.

granny bell 001GRANNY BELL 

 

LYNNE BELL SANDERS

BELLS LISTED AT KYNNUMBOON ( TWEED)

http://addison.homedns.org/transcriptions/grevilles/names_a_to_z/b.htm

JOHN AND NORMAN AS FARMERS.

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