Edward William Lamb, -Pastoralist, Politician

Male 1828 - 1910  (82 years)


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  • Name Edward William Lamb 
    Suffix -Pastoralist, Politician 
    Born 6 Feb 1828  London Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Christened 23 Oct 1828  St John, Hackney, Middlessex Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    History
    • 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.
      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 <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.
    Died 18 Oct 1910  Woolloomooloo, Sydney, Nsw Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I3046  Maleny Pioneers & Neighbouring Districts
    Last Modified 5 Jun 2010 

    Father John Lamb, - Naval Officer,   b. 9 Jan 1791, Penrith, Cumberland, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 17 Jan 1862, Darlinghurst, Sydney Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 71 years) 
    Mother Emma Trant Robinson 
    Married 3 Mar 1823  St Mary, Islington, London Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F928  Group Sheet

    Family Julia Clemence Lamonnerie dit Fattorini 
    Marriage 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.
    Married 9 Feb 1854  Residence of Captain Wauch, Wauchope, Port Macquarie Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
     1. Lamb,   b. 21 Mar 1858, Forbes St, Woolloomooloo, Nsw Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
    +2. Edward Charles Lamonnerie Lamb,   b. 1860, Qld Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 7 Oct 1942, Qld Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 82 years)
     3. Lamb,   b. 29 May 1862, Iffiey, Ipswich, Qld Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
     4. Eveline Cecil Lamb,   b. 1864, Brisbane, Qld Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 29 Jan 1865, Kangaroo Point, Brisbane, Queensland Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 1 years)
     5. Cecil Walter Lamb,   b. 1867, Brisbane, Qld Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
     6. Hilda Elise Lamb,   b. 1870, Brisbane, Qld Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
     7. Julia Marguerite Lamb,   b. 1874, Brisbane, Qld Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
     8. Eva Annie Frant Lamb,   b. 1876, Brisbane, Qld Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
    Last Modified 5 Jun 2010 
    Family ID F927  Group Sheet


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