Sir Brian graduated in 1948 with a Diploma in Pharmacy from what is now the Queensland University of Technology.
He moved to Port Moresby in 1954 as pharmaceutical chemist in the Bulk Medical Store and soon after established PNG’s first electrical retail outlet. The business expanded into department stores, home centres, chemicals, cleaning products and industrial equipment.
Sir Brian was chairman and managing director of the Brian Bell group of companies, the largest business of its kind in PNG, generating annual revenues of K253 million and employing 1,300 people.
He was also a generous philanthropist - a prominent
Sir Brian was knighted for his outstanding community
service in PNG and was also awarded high honours by
He had been ill for some time and died of heart failure.