Mr Benjamin CRIBB (1807 - 1874)**
- Date of Birth: 07/11/1807
- Place of Birth: Poole, Dorset, England
- Date of Death: 11/03/1874
- Place of Death: Ipswich, Queensland, Australia
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|Member of the NSW Legislative Assembly||1 Feb 1858||11 Apr 1859||1yr(s) 2mth(s) 11day(s)|
|Member for Stanley Boroughs||1 Feb 1858||11 Apr 1859||1yr(s) 2mth(s) 11day(s)|
2nd (1858 - 1859)
|Murders by the Aborigines on the Dawson River Committee No.22||15 Jun 1858||26 Nov 1858||5mths 12days|
2nd (1858 - 1859)
Founder and Trustee of Ipswich Grammar School
Qualifications, occupations and interests
Merchant. After leaving school, Benjamin Cribb first worked as a grocer’s assistant. By 1832 he was manufacturing blacking and selling household appliances and matches in London. Exported goods to Australia on his voyage to migrate, enabling him to become a general merchant in Ipswich upon his arrival. He was a founder of Moreton Bay Immigration and Land Company (which was incorporated in 1855), and along with J.C. Foote founded Cribb & Foote Merchant Bankers in 1854. During the American Civil War he sponsored the cotton industry, exporting up to 7000 bales of wool per annum.
Membership of other Parliaments & Offices Held
Member of the Parliament of Queensland. Member of the Legislative Assembly of Queensland for West Moreton 1861 - 1867; and for Ipswich 1870 - 1873.
Local Government Activity
Alderman of Ipswich Council.
Son of John Galpin Cribb, a master mariner, shipowner and designer, and Mary Dirham. Married (1) Elizabeth Brideson on 28th August 1839 in Douglas, Isle of Man and had issue, 2 sons and 2 daughters. Married (2) Clarissa Foote in 1853 and had issue, 4 sons and 3 daughters. His father was killed fighting in the Napoleonic Wars, and consequently his mother opened a dame’s school in order to provide for the family. Arrived in Morton Bay in 1849 on a ship chartered by the Reverend J.D. Lang. Brother of Robert Cribb, who was also a Member of both the New South Wales Legislative Asssembly and the Queensland Legislative Assembly. Congregationalist.
Australian Dictionary of Biography, Volume 3
A Biographical Register of the Queensland Parliament 1860-1929
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