Archibald Bell Esquire, the founder of Belmont Estate on Richmond Hill in 1807, now the site of St. John of God Richmond Hospital, died on 23 April 1837, a wealthy and respected man.
“Mr. Bell … has left a numerous family to mourn his loss, with an extensive circle of friends, who will long remember his many kind and amiable qualities.”
This book examines the details of his life, showing that he was much more than just a property owner. He took part in turbulent and controversial events during the early history of New South Wales.
Though his achievements were considerable, this book will leave the reader wondering if Bell was as respected as claimed, and if this respect was merited.