Notes for Robert Bell: Newspaper clipping Mr Robert Bell somtime of minniemore (or Manymore) Farm Hook, Waimate, was born Londonderry Ireland in 1847and came to NZ in the ship "Star of England" in 1864. After a successtul time on the goldfields Mr Bell went to Temuka where he was engaged cropping for 8 years. He then went to Makikihi and was engaged int he construction of the main line of railway, and was present when the Otago and Canterbury serction met and were joing on the Waitake Plains. Mr Bell bought 200 acres of Gernment land at the Hook and started farming. His farm was afterwards increased to 450 acres of freehold and 820 acres of leasheold. When he first settled in the district no roads had been formed in it or trees planted and the contry was so rought that it was a great feat to get to Makikihi in one day. Mr Bell kept about 2000 sheep and hi wheat crops averaged thirty bushels per acre. In 1807 he took a trip home to visit his native place and was present at the Julibee celebrations in London. In 1880 he married Miss Robina McKay of Sutherlandshire, Scotland who was a child passenger on the ship "Strathallan" which came out in 1859 and hey had five sons and two daughters. Mr Bell died on 13th February 1902.
More About Robert Bell: Immigration: 1864, Arrived on ship Star of England.
More About Robert Bell and Robina McKay: Marriage: 1879, Waimate.