1828 - 1910 (82 years)
||Edward William Lamb |
||-Pastoralist, Politician |
||6 Feb 1828
||23 Oct 1828
||St John, Hackney, Middlessex
- 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 <http://www.adb.online.anu.edu.au/biogs/A020064b.htm> 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 <http://www.adb.online.anu.edu.au/biogs/A050063b.htm> 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 <http://www.adb.online.anu.edu.au/biogs/A050196b.htm> ministry. Lamb confessed disillusion with the theories of Edward Gibbon Wakefield <http://www.adb.online.anu.edu.au/biogs/A020510b.htm>, 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.
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 <http://www.adb.online.anu.edu.au/references/A050060r.htm>
Author: H. J. Gibbney
Print Publication Details: H. J. Gibbney, 'Lamb, Edward William (1828 - 1910)', Australian Dictionary of Biography, Volume 5, Melbourne University Press <http://www.mup.unimelb.edu.au/catalogue/0-522-84061-2.html>, 1974, p. 54.
||18 Oct 1910
||Woolloomooloo, Sydney, Nsw
||Maleny Pioneers & Neighbouring Districts
||5 Jun 2010 |
||John Lamb, - Naval Officer, b. 9 Jan 1791, Penrith, Cumberland, England , d. 17 Jan 1862, Darlinghurst, Sydney (Age 71 years) |
||Emma Trant Robinson |
||3 Mar 1823
||St Mary, Islington, London
||Julia Clemence Lamonnerie dit Fattorini |
||21st Feburary 1854
|Notice in 'The Sydney Morning Herald' |
- 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.
||9 Feb 1854
||Residence of Captain Wauch, Wauchope, Port Macquarie
| ||1. Lamb, b. 21 Mar 1858, Forbes St, Woolloomooloo, Nsw , d. Yes, date unknown|
|+||2. Edward Charles Lamonnerie Lamb, b. 1860, Qld , d. 7 Oct 1942, Qld (Age 82 years)|
| ||3. Lamb, b. 29 May 1862, Iffiey, Ipswich, Qld , d. Yes, date unknown|
| ||4. Eveline Cecil Lamb, b. 1864, Brisbane, Qld , d. 29 Jan 1865, Kangaroo Point, Brisbane, Queensland (Age 1 years)|
| ||5. Cecil Walter Lamb, b. 1867, Brisbane, Qld , d. Yes, date unknown|
| ||6. Hilda Elise Lamb, b. 1870, Brisbane, Qld , d. Yes, date unknown|
| ||7. Julia Marguerite Lamb, b. 1874, Brisbane, Qld , d. Yes, date unknown|
| ||8. Eva Annie Frant Lamb, b. 1876, Brisbane, Qld , d. Yes, date unknown|
||5 Jun 2010 |