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Listing last updated on 24 Nov 2022.
Harkaway, Victoria 3806
Ronald ("Ron") Jellicoe Bell (October 14, 1915 Eaglehawk - November 9, 2008)
1993 Modern Roses 10
p704. Ronald J. Bell, King Road, Harkaway, Victoria, 3808. Australia.
2009 Australian Rose Annual
p39. Obituary by Ian Spriggs. In Memory of Ron Bell, OAM.
Ron Bell was the modern day version of Alister Clark. With his passing on the 9th November, 2008, Australia lost one of its greatest ever rosarians....
[From World Rose News, January 2009, p. 30:] Ron Bell was the modern day version of Alister Clark. With his passing on the 9th November, 2008, Australia lost one of its greatest ever rosarians....Ronald Jellicoe Bell was born on 14th October, 1915 at Eaglehawk near Bendigo in Central Victoria. ...With the encouragement of his friend George Dawson, Ron became interested in rose breeding in the early 1970's.
2016 Heritage Roses in Australia Vol 37, No. 4
p42. Peter Cox. An Observation with a Rose Twist. Ron Bell in WW2....
[From World Rose News, February 2018, p. 36:] Although Ron Bell was an outstanding administrator he will be best remembered as a major Australian rose breeder. His rose breeding career started in 1967. His first Australian rose introduction was ‘Marjorie Atherton’ and the royalties from it were directed to the Rose Society of Victoria. Other roses of note that he bred, included ‘April Hamer’, ‘Our Rosamond’ and ‘Janette Murray’ all fine roses ranking with the best imported ones of the day. Royalties from ‘Janette Murray’ were directed to the Red Cross. Ron also donated the rose that was named ‘Bicentennial Rose’ for the 1988 World Rose Convention hosted by the Rose Society of New South Wales. In 1991, Ron Bell founded the Australian Rose Breeders Association and around that time he produced the booklet “Amateur Guide to Rose Breeding”. As a result of his rose breeding Ron was presented with the Queen Mother’s International Award in 1999 for Rose Breeding. This was the first time the award had been made outside of Europe.