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Heidelberg’s Busy Bee Signature Quilt, 1895-96

Square K10

Quilt square K10


B. Bennell


The person represented here is most likely to be Benjamin Bennell (1846-1908), a building contractor from Clifton Hill.

Further information

Benjamin Bennell was the half-brother of Samuel Bennell [E2] and full brother of Joshua Bennell. All three Bennell men followed in their father John’s footsteps and worked in the building industry. Joshua Bennell, who lived in North Fitzroy, was the contractor who built the new Scots Presbyterian Church at Heidelberg in 1900-01.1,2.

Benjamin married Jane Slater (1851-1918) in 1874 and they had four children, three boys and one girl – Mabel Annie Jane (1886-1980).3. The family lived for many years at 35 Hodgkinson Street, Clifton Hill.4. It is possible that [L4] ‘Mable Bennell’ is in fact a misspelling and should read ‘Mabel Bennell’.


  1. Ancestry.com ‘Samuel Bennell Facts’, Mathieson Family Tree, viewed 29 February 2020.

  2. Ancestry.com ‘Joshua Bennell Facts’, Faubel Family Tree, viewed 29 February 2020.

  3. Ancestry.com ‘ Benjamin Bennell Facts’, Melinda Eddington Family Tree, viewed 29 February 2020.

  4. Sands & McDougall Directories, 1890, 1895 and 1905.

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