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Lamb, John de Villiers (1833–1900)

from Sydney Morning Herald

By the death of Mr. John de Villiers Lamb the colony has lost one who had been identified with its material progress in an agricultural and pastoral sense. Mr. Lamb was 66 years of age, and lived for a considerable time at Maroomba, Chatswood, but recently stayed at Uralla, 22 Bayswater-road, Darlinghurst, where he died on Sunday afternoon. Mr. Lamb was for a long period engaged in squatting and commercial pursuits, having acquired the taste for the former from his father, the late Captain Lamb, R. N. He was in partnership with Mr. Roberts as a squatter near Mudgee for several years, and afterwards engaged in the raising of sheep and cattle at Coomoo Coomoo, Liverpool Plains. His opinion was much sought on agricultural and stock matters and he was one of the best-known judges of the Royal Agricultural Society. Of horses he was a particularly capable judge, and he was consequently a well-known identity in sporting circles. He was on the A.J.C. committee for a long time. As an amateur whip he excelled, and at one time he took first prize against seven competitors for his four-in-hand when Sir Hercules Robinson, then Governor, was a competitor. As a cross-country rider he was fearless, possessing a good seat and plenty of dash. In the commercial world he was known as a partner for some years in the firm of Parbury, Lamb, and Co. He occupied the positions of chairman of directors of the Australian Mercantile and Agency Company, Limited, director of the North Sydney Gas Company, auditor of the Commercial Bank of Sydney, and member of the council of the Church of England Grammar School, North Sydney. As a native of the colony he was proud of his colony, and although he paid a visit to the old country some years ago he had not been away from the colonies since 1877. The deceased gentleman leaves several sons and two daughters, both of whom are married, and are at present in England with his widow.

The funeral, which took place yesterday, was very largely attended, and many messages of condolence, wreaths and crosses were received by his sons and brothers. The remains were enclosed in a silver-mounted oaken casket. The interment was made at Waverley Cemetery, the Rev. H. Wallace Mort, M.A., officiating at the service. The grave is situated near the cliffs overlooking the ocean. The principal mourners were Messrs. J. W. Lamb, Ernest Lamb, and Frank Lamb (sons), Edward, Charles, and Walter Lamb (brothers), Percy Lamb (nephew), and the following relatives:—Mr. Justice Walker, A. L. Robinson, H. J. Browning, A. and W. Allen, H. Thompson, and Neville Dangar. Wreaths and mes-sages were forwarded by the Chief Justice (Sir F. M. Darley), the directors of the A. M. and A. Company, the officials of the A. M. and A. Company, Mr. and Mrs. Walker Newall (son-in-law and daughter, England), Mr. and Mrs. T. A. Dibbs, Mr. and Mrs. Reginald Black, Mr. and Mrs. Donald Scott, Mr. Bruce and officers of the Stock Department, Mrs. Montague Rothery, Mr. and Mrs. T. S. Clibborn, Mrs. R. Browning, Mr. and Mrs. B, Gaden, Mr. and Mrs. H, Blomfield, Mrs. E. Bundock, Mr. and Mrs. H. Massey, Miss Brown, Mrs. Cockshott, Mr. A. Hay, Mr. and Mrs. W. W. Allen, Miss Street, Mr. A. McArthur, Miss Olive Walker, Mrs. Archibald Cox, Mrs. E. K. Cox, Mrs. H. Thompson, Mr. P. Lamb, Mrs. R. Massie, Mr. and Mrs. Walter Lamb, Mrs. and Miss G. F. Want, Mrs. E. King Cox, Mrs. H. G. Simpson, Mr. and Mrs J. W. Fletcher, Miss G. A. Street, Mrs. A. Lamb and children, Miss Lucy Dangar, Mrs. Dangar and family (Grantham). Amongst those who attended the funeral were Sir Edward Knox, Messrs. T. A. Dibbs, H. Austin, B. Gaden, Edwin Knox, H. M Cockshott, C. B. Stephen, E. Fosbery (Chief Inspector of Police), Adrian Knox, J. W. Street. P. W. Street, T. Scott, Walter F. Lawry and F. O'D. Raymond (of the New Zealand L. and M. Agency Company, Limited), and Charles E Cowper. Many of the wreaths were supplied by Messrs. Joan and Co. and Searl and Co., and the funeral arrangements were entrusted to Mrs. P. Kirby and Son.

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Additional Resources

  • profile, Sydney Mail, 1 January 1885, p 213

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'Lamb, John de Villiers (1833–1900)', Obituaries Australia, National Centre of Biography, Australian National University, http://oa.anu.edu.au/obituary/lamb-john-de-villiers-579/text35759, accessed 16 July 2019.

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