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Lewis Cribbs (1816–1895)

An old man named [Lewis] Cribbs, who lived in a humpy near the Dangar Creek Bridge, Narrabri, and who has been supplied with rations and clothing by the Benevolent Society for the past two years, fell into the fire on Wednesday morning and was nearly roasted to death. He was able, however, to hail a man named Thos. Mulroy who was passing. He went in and found Cribb sitting on the side of the bed nearly naked and severely burnt from a little above the instep to some distance above the knee. His hands were singed, and he was also burnt very much about the face. He said he had fallen into the fire in a fit during the night or early in the morning. When found, the fire was still burning. Mr. Mulroy reported the matter to Mr. Doyle, of the North Star Inn, also to Mr. Dale, and they had the injured man conveyed to the hospital, where his injuries were promptly attended to by Dr. Henry. At the time of his admission, but little hope was entertained of his recovery.

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Life Summary [details]

Alternative Names
  • Krebs, Lewis
  • Cribb, Lewis

12 April, 1816
Madras, India


25 August, 1895 (aged 79)
Narrabri, New South Wales, Australia

Cause of Death


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Convict Record

Crime: fraud
Sentence: 7 years