John Bellin was born in London in 1827, before travelling to Australia, arriving in the colony in 1852 a board the Dinopore as a free settler. Bellin worked as a auctioneer in Melbourne. On the 23rd of September, 1890, Belling was sentenced at the Melbourne Supreme Court to five years penal servitude on two charges of fraud as a director of a body corporate, the Fourth Investment Building Society, the sentences being two years and six months on each charge. He was transferred to Geelong gaol on the 17th February 1892 from Pentridge, as being an invalid suffering from general debility. On the 15th of March 1892 Bellin died in the Geelong gaol at the age of 65 years.