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Edward William Lamb (1828–1910)

The death of Mr. Edward William Lamb which took place on Tuesday at the age of 83 removes one who had taken an important part in early colonial development. Deceased was the second son of the late Commander John Lamb R.N., who was also a member of the New South Wales Legislative Council and founder of the firm of Lamb, Parbury and Co. With his father, deceased arrived in the colonies at an early age but returned to England where he was educated at the Royal Naval School. On his return to Australia Mr. Lamb took up pastoral pursuits and became interested in several large Queensland station properties. He also entered the Queensland Legislative Assembly where under the administration of Mr. (afterwards Sir) R. R. Mackenzie he held office as Secretary for Lands from August 1867 to September 1868 and was also appointed Commissioner. It was whilst he was in this capacity he passed the Crown Lands Alienation Act of 1868. Subsequently deceased travelled to the Northern Territory where he played an important part as a pioneer exploring country suitable for cattle-raising taking up Alroy Downs for this purpose. He always took a keen interest in all matters having for their object the development of the country and in this regard his contributions to newspapers were much valued. Mr. Lamb, who was a great traveller, was a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society. Though he always retained his interest in questions bearing on the welfare of the country, he took no active part in public life for many years. Mr. Lamb, notwithstanding his advanced years was active to within a few months of his death, which took place in the Ermelo private hospital. He leaves two sons and three daughters who are respectively Mr. Charles Lamb and Captain Cecil Lamb and Miss Edith Lamb, Mrs. R. J. Browning and Mrs. Walter Allen. Mrs. Henry Dangar, Mrs. B. Cox and Mrs. H. A. Thompson are his sisters. The funeral took place yesterday at the Waverley Cemetery and among those who were present were Messrs. R. J. Browning, A. F. Robinson (sons-in-law) and Herbert Allen, Mr. Humphrey Browning (grandson), Messrs. Frank Lamb and Tom Lamb (nephews), Mr. P.T. Robinson, Dr Reginald Davies, Captain Pritchard, Mr. E. C. V. Broughton, Mr. J. R. Black, Mr. Lloyd, Mr. H. A. Thompson, Mr. Neville Dangar, Mr. Arthur Lamb and Miss Edith Lamb

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'Lamb, Edward William (1828–1910)', Obituaries Australia, National Centre of Biography, Australian National University,, accessed 17 June 2024.

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6 February, 1828
London, Middlesex, England


18 October, 1910 (aged 82)
Woolloomooloo, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

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