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Members’ biographical register

Hon Colin John Bell

Date: 18 May 1941
Place: Bunbury, Western Australia
Son of Robert Bell, farmer and Florence Elizabeth House
Marriage and Family
Married (1) 13 January 1962, St John’s Church, Capel to Elizabeth Delaporte, daughter of Frederick and Doris Constance Jarvis
Children: one son and one daughter
Married (2) to Michelle Cornwall
Date: 27 October 2018
Place: Western Australia
Church of England
Bunbury Senior High School
Australian Administration Staff College, Mt Eliza, Victoria
Monash University
Also studied towards Bachelor of Arts at Canberra University
Dairy farmer
Employment History
Farmed at Capel from early 1960s
After leaving politics developed rural property in NSW
Operated limousine company on Gold Coast
Manager artificial breeding centre in Victoria
Date Elected
22 May 1983
Inaugural Speech
Bell, Colin John, Inaugural Speech.pdf
Inaugural Video
No inaugural video is available
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Valedictory Speech
No valedictory sppech given
Year Retired/Resigned
Lower West
Parliamentary Service
  • MLC Lower West Province 22 May 1983–21 May 1989 (lost pre-selection)
  • Member Joint Printing Committee 1986–1989
  • Standing Committee on Government Agencies 1983–1989
  • Member Standing Committee on Sport and Recreation Activities in WA 1983–1984; and on Amendments to the Mining Act 1985
  • Chairman Select Committee on Agriculture Education 1987–1988
President Limousine Owners’ Association 1993 when relevant legislation passed through Parliament
Resided in Melbourne by 2003 when semi-retired with business interests including family companies
President of the Dairy section, Primary Industry Association (PIA) 1974–1977, 1980–1983, vice-president 1972–1974, 1977-1980
Member executive PIA 1978–1980 and 1982
Member of the Board of the Australia Dairy Corporation 1976–1978 and Australian Dairy Industry Advisory Committee 1974–1975 and 1978–1983
One time President of Capel Pony Club, Capel Polocrosse Club and South West Zone Pony Club Association
Mother, Florence Bell, was former State Ladies Golf Champion
Graduate Diploma of Business
D Black and G Bolton, eds, Biographical Register of Members of the Parliament of Western Australia: volume two 1930-2010, Western Australian Parliamentary History Project, Perth, WA, 2011, p. 14.
West Australian, 30 October 2018, p. 57.
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