Edward William Lamb, -Pastoralist, Politician

Male 1828 - 1910  (82 years)

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  1. 1.  Edward William Lamb, -Pastoralist, Politician was born 6 Feb 1828, London; was christened 23 Oct 1828, St John, Hackney, Middlessex (son of John Lamb, - Naval Officer and Emma Trant Robinson); died 18 Oct 1910, Woolloomooloo, Sydney, Nsw.

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    Edward William Lamb
    LAMB, EDWARD WILLIAM (1828-1910), pastoralist, public servant and politician, was born on 6 February 1828 in London, second son of John Lamb and his wife Emma Trant, née Robinson. With his parents he arrived in the Resource at Sydney in May 1829. He was sent to England for education at the Royal Naval School and returned about 1846 to join the family firm, Lamb, Parbury & Co. In the next ten years he and his brother Walter managed stations for the firm near Boorowa and Harden. On 9 February 1854 he married Julia Clemence Fattorini, by whom he had two sons and three surviving daughters.
    In 1858 Lamb and Thomas Skinner bought Dalgangal station in the Burnett District of Queensland. Four years later he took up five stations on Peak Downs with John Richard Black. Appointed chief commissioner of crown lands in November 1862, he held office until elected to the Legislative Assembly for Mitchell in July 1867. A month later he was appointed secretary for public lands in the Mackenzie ministry. Lamb confessed disillusion with the theories of Edward Gibbon Wakefield , whom he had once known, and his main objective was a new land law. His bill was heavily amended by a select committee but in 1868 was passed as the Crown Land Alienation Act. His alleged maladministration of it led to his replacement in September and was one of the charges used to defeat the Mackenzie ministry in November.
    Lamb resigned in December 1869 and next year failed to win the Clermont seat. He dissolved his partnership with Black in May 1874 and retired to Sydney. In 1880, on behalf of his son Edward Charles, he took up Alroy Downs in the Northern Territory. Lamb lost heavily when the lease had to be abandoned in 1893. He wrote occasionally on development for the press until he died in a private hospital at Woolloomooloo on 18 October 1910.
    Though well educated and intelligent, Lamb was unlucky in politics. Perhaps unfairly, a political lampoonist described him as
    The fussy feckless silly bleating lambCondemned to drudge, to labor and take painsWithout an equal competence of brains.
    Select Bibliography
    M. J. Fox (ed), The History of Queensland, vol 2 (Brisb, 1921); Parliamentary Debates (Queensland), 1867, 316, 1868; Sydney Morning Herald, 21 Oct 1910; H. M. Chester, Autobiography (State Library of New South Wales); letter, MS 275 (State Library of New South Wales); Henry Parkes letters (State Library of New South Wales). More on the resources
    Author: H. J. Gibbney
    Print Publication Details: H. J. Gibbney, 'Lamb, Edward William (1828 - 1910)', Australian Dictionary of Biography, Volume 5, Melbourne University Press , 1974, p. 54.

    Edward married Julia Clemence Lamonnerie dit Fattorini 9 Feb 1854, Residence of Captain Wauch, Wauchope, Port Macquarie. [Group Sheet]


    February 9th, at the residence of Captain Wauch, Wauchope, Port Macquarie, by the Rev. Thomas O'Reilly, Edward William, second son of Captain Lamb, R.N., to Julia Clemence, second daughter of the late Jean Baptiste Charles Lamonnerie dit Fattorini, M.D.

    1. Lamb was born 21 Mar 1858, Forbes St, Woolloomooloo, Nsw; died Yes, date unknown.
    2. Edward Charles Lamonnerie Lamb was born 1860, Qld; died 7 Oct 1942, Qld; was buried Witta Cemetery.
    3. Lamb was born 29 May 1862, Iffiey, Ipswich, Qld; died Yes, date unknown.
    4. Eveline Cecil Lamb was born 1864, Brisbane, Qld; died 29 Jan 1865, Kangaroo Point, Brisbane, Queensland.
    5. Cecil Walter Lamb was born 1867, Brisbane, Qld; died Yes, date unknown.
    6. Hilda Elise Lamb was born 1870, Brisbane, Qld; died Yes, date unknown.
    7. Julia Marguerite Lamb was born 1874, Brisbane, Qld; died Yes, date unknown.
    8. Eva Annie Frant Lamb was born 1876, Brisbane, Qld; died Yes, date unknown.

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  1. 2.  John Lamb, - Naval Officer was born 9 Jan 1791, Penrith, Cumberland, England (son of Captain Edward Lamb, - of East India Company and Elizabeth Buchanan); died 17 Jan 1862, Darlinghurst, Sydney.

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    • Occupation: 1825, Islington, London; Lieutenant Royal Navy


    LAMB, JOHN (1790-1862), naval officer, politician and merchant, was born at Penrith, England, the son of Captain Lamb of the East India Co.'s service. In recognition of distinguished conduct in saving his ship from a French privateer in 1798 Captain Lamb was given preferments for three of his sons in the navy. At 11 John became a first-class volunteer in the Port Mahon sloop commanded by his uncle, William Buchanan, on the Mediterranean Station, and within a year was a midshipman in the Northumberland, the youngest in the fleet at the capture of the fort of Alexandria in 1801. In 1803 he served in several ships patrolling the Channel and the Irish coast; in the Warrior he won the favour of Captain William Bligh who requested Sir Joseph Banks in April 1805 to transfer him to the ship bringing Bligh to New South Wales as governor. Promoted lieutenant in June 1808, he shared next November in the Amethyst's capture of the French frigate La Thétis off Lorient after a furious contest of more than three hours. His last naval service was in the Union with the Toulon Fleet. He returned to England in August 1814 on half-pay and became associated with Buckles, Bagster & Buchanan. He sailed for them in September 1815 and June 1819 as master of the transport Baring with convicts to Sydney and in 1825-28 as master of the merchant ship Palmira on the Indian service.
    A gratuity from the Patriotic Fund during his naval services provided him with a small capital, and with his cousin Walter Buchanan he formed the house of Lamb, Buchanan & Co. As its resident partner he arrived in Sydney with his wife and five children in the Resource in May 1829, expecting to remain at least ten years. Proving a capital of £2200 and claiming that he could triple it, he received in May 1830 a primary grant of 2560 acres (1036 ha) which he selected in the County of St Vincent, and in 1838 he applied for a secondary grant.
    Lamb soon became involved in public affairs. He was appointed justice of the peace in 1830 but rarely appeared on the bench. In 1836 Governor Sir Richard Bourke omitted his name and those of three other magistrates from the new Commission of the Peace, claiming that all four had acted on the bench in concert and 'used their power as Ministers of Justice to forward a political Intrigue'. Their strong protests were futile, for Glenelg approved Bourke's action. In 1844, however, Lamb was reappointed by Governor Sir George Gipps , a former acquaintance, and in September he was nominated to the Legislative Council. After it was reformed in 1851 he rejoined it until February 1853 as an elected member for the city of Sydney. In the legislature he was actively associated with at least ten select committees dealing generally with trade and economic matters and with communications. At the great protest meeting at Circular Quay in June 1849 when the convict transport Hashemy arrived he urged his fellow colonists to protect their adopted land 'from being again degraded and polluted by the name of penal settlement'; after moving the first of the anti-transportation resolutions he was appointed to the deputation that took the resolutions to the governor.
    Lamb's greatest activity was in the commercial world. When his partnership with Buchanan was dissolved in 1834 he carried on business as Lamb & Co., woollen brokers and shipping agents. In 1837 he took Frederick Parbury as his partner. Lamb's commercial experience and business acumen were much in demand and he became a director of many large public companies, including the Sydney Alliance Assurance Co., the Australian Fire and Life Assurance Co. and the Sydney Railroad Co. He was a director and several times chairman of the Commercial Banking Co. of Sydney in 1834-50. In 1851-52 he was a founder and first chairman of the Sydney Chamber of Commerce and of the Sydney Exchange Co.
    His house, Spencer Lodge, was in the fashionable mercantile locale at Miller's Point, close to his wharf and stores in Darling Harbour. In 1855 he retired with a large fortune, returned to England leaving part of his grown up family behind, and built a house at Clapham Park, near London. After about two years he returned to Sydney and was again active in public affairs. In July 1857 he re-entered the Legislative Council as one of the quinquennial appointments but resigned in 1861. As senior warden of the Light, Pilot and Navigation Board he conducted the inquiry into the loss of the Catherine Adamson and reported on Sydney's pilot service after the two great shipping disasters in 1857. He had accepted the rank of retired naval commander in May 1846.
    In March 1823 at Islington, London, Lamb had married Emma Trant, daughter of John Robinson of Holloway, a London merchant and deputy-chairman of Lloyds. Of their eight sons and six daughters, a son and a daughter died in infancy. The eldest son Walter (1825-1906) became a director of the Commercial Banking Co. of Sydney and a legislative councillor in 1889-93; the second son Edward William (1828-1910) was secretary for lands in Queensland in 1867-68; the youngest son Alfred (1845-1890) represented West Sydney in the Legislative Assembly in 1889-90. John Lamb died at Larbert Lodge, Darlinghurst, on 17 January 1862 and his wife, aged 77, on 27 August 1880; both were buried in St Jude's churchyard, Randwick.
    Select Bibliography
    Historical Records of Australia, series 1, vols 9-10, 14, 16, 18-20, 23-24, 26; W. R. O'Byrne, A Naval Biographical Dictionary (Lond, 1849); Sydney Morning Herald, 12 June 1849; Sunday Times (Sydney), 8 Sept 1907; J. Lamb letter book, 1826-34 (State Library of New South Wales); Land, 2/2093 (State Records New South Wales). More on the resources <../references/A020064r.htm>
    Author: G. P. Walsh
    Print Publication Details: G. P. Walsh, 'Lamb, John (1790 - 1862)', Australian Dictionary of Biography, Volume 2, Melbourne University Press , 1967, pp 72-73.

    John married Emma Trant Robinson 3 Mar 1823, St Mary, Islington, London. [Group Sheet]

  2. 3.  Emma Trant Robinson (daughter of John Robinson, of Holloway, London merchant and deputy-chairman of Lloyds).
    1. Walter Lamb was christened 2 Jun 1825, St John, Hackney, Middlessex; died Yes, date unknown.
    2. Eliza Lamb was christened 4 Mar 1827, St John, Hackney, Middlessex; died Yes, date unknown.
    3. 1. Edward William Lamb, -Pastoralist, Politician was born 6 Feb 1828, London; was christened 23 Oct 1828, St John, Hackney, Middlessex; died 18 Oct 1910, Woolloomooloo, Sydney, Nsw.

Generation: 3

  1. 4.  Captain Edward Lamb, - of East India Company

    Edward — Elizabeth Buchanan. [Group Sheet]

  2. 5.  Elizabeth Buchanan
    1. George Lamb
    2. William Lamb
    3. 2. John Lamb, - Naval Officer was born 9 Jan 1791, Penrith, Cumberland, England; died 17 Jan 1862, Darlinghurst, Sydney.

  3. 6.  John Robinson, of Holloway, London merchant and deputy-chairman of Lloyds
    1. 3. Emma Trant Robinson

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