Cheviot Wellington Rangi Dillon Bell

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Cheviot Wellington Rangi Dillon Bell (18 August 1892 – 26 September 1960) of the Wairarapa was appointed a member of the New Zealand Legislative Council in 1950 as part of National's suicide squad.


Bell was born in Wellington on 18 August 1892.[1] His father was Sir Francis Bell, a Reform Party leader and later the first New Zealand-born Prime Minister.[2] His mother was Caroline Bell (née Robinson),[3] and his maternal grandfather was William Robinson.[4] He was educated at Christ's College and the University of Cambridge, from where he graduated with a BA. Bell trained as a lawyer. In World War I he was in the 10th Royal Hussars and the Royal Flying Corps, and in World War II was Commandant of the RNZAF Training School at Woodbourne.[2]

He was appointed as a member of the suicide squad by the First National Government in 1950 to vote for the abolition of the Council. Most of the new members were appointed on 22 June 1950, but three more members, including Bell, were appointed on 27 July 1950.[5]

He died on 26 September 1960,[6] and his ashes were buried at Karori Cemetery in Wellington.[7]


  1. ^ "Births". The Evening Post. XLIV (45). 22 August 1892. p. 2. Retrieved 14 June 2015. 
  2. ^ a b Gustafson, Barry (1986). The First 50 Years : A History of the New Zealand National Party. Auckland: Reed Methuen. pp. 354f. ISBN 0-474-00177-6. 
  3. ^ Gardner, William James. "Bell, Francis Henry Dillon - Biography". Dictionary of New Zealand Biography. Ministry for Culture and Heritage. Retrieved 29 September 2012. 
  4. ^ "The New Member for Wellington". Inangahua Times. XVI (234). 1 February 1892. p. 3. Retrieved 14 June 2015. 
  5. ^ Wilson, J.O. (1985) [1913]. New Zealand Parliamentary Record 1840–1984 (4th ed.). Wellington: V.R. Ward, Government Printer. p. 149. 
  6. ^ "Cemeteries search: cremation". Wellington City Council. Retrieved 14 June 2015. 
  7. ^ "Cemeteries search:burial". Wellington City Council. Retrieved 14 June 2015.