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Rev Marmaduke Bell, c1866 / photographer unknown
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Rev Marmaduke Bell, c1866 / photographer unknown
1 carte-de-visite : 10 x 6.4 cm.
Identified in ink (in Wingate's hand) on verso: The Revd / Marmaduke Bell / Received Jany 25 1866. Paper inscription pasted on verso: Yours very truly / Marmaduke Bell.
This photograph is one item within a small album containing 97 carte-de-visite photographs. The album appears to have been compiled by Thomas Wingate (1807-1869), sketcher, amateur photographer and army officer. Wingate's pencilled identifications appear on the album page below many of the photographs and the album includes a number of photographs taken by Wingate himself. The album includes photographs of members of the extended Rouse and Terry families, several photographs of English and European royalty and colonial and English politicians as well a number of unidentified images.The album also includes some photographs of Wingate's former fellow officers from the 2nd or Queen's Royal Regiment of Foot in which Wingate served from 1835 to 1846, stationed from 1835 until 1842 in India.
The subject of this photograph, Marmaduke Bell, was born in Borris-in-Ossory in County Laois, Ireland, in July 1829 and came to Australia with his parents in siblings in 1832. In the 1840s his father, Thomas Bell, took over the large Jimbour pastoral lease on the Darling Downs, registered in the name of Bell & Sons. After receiving his early education at the King's School, Parramatta, Marmaduke attended St Augustine's College, Canterbury, matriculated to Sidney Sussex College at the University of Cambridge in 1851 and was ordained a Deacon in December 1852. Although he lived mostly in England he retained an interest in Australian pastoral companies, serving as a London director of the Colonial Fresh Meat Company and the Darling Downs and Western Land Company. He was in Australia for some time in 1866 (around the time this photograph was taken) exhibiting New Orleans cotton grown in Queensland at inter-colonial exhibitions in Brisbane and Melbourne. [MM, December 2017]
The Miriam & Ian Hamilton Collection
Caroline Simpson Library & Research Collection ; CSL&RC PIC 2015/6
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