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Former Member Details

Mr John LAMB (1790 - 1862)

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Date of Birth: 01/01/1790
Place of Birth: Penrith, England
Date of Death: 17/01/1862
Place of Death: Darlinghurst, New South Wales, Australia
Parliamentary Service
Position Start End Period Notes
Member of the NSW Legislative Council 10 Sep 1844 30 Jun 1851 6 years 9 months 21 days A Non-Elective Member of the first Legislative Council 1843 – 1856
Member of the NSW Legislative Council 01 Sep 1851 28 Feb 1853 1 year 6 months An Elective Member of the first Legislative Council 1843 - 1856 for the City of Sydney
Member of the NSW Legislative Council 11 Aug 1857 10 May 1861 3 years 9 months First (Quinquennial) Appointments under the Constitution Act. Date of Writ of Summons 9 July 1857.
Political Party Activity
Community Activity
Commissioned as a Justice of the Peace from 1830 until 1836, then from 1844.
Qualifications, occupations and interests
Retired merchant and Company Director. Joined Navy at age 11 and became a midshipman within a year. Lieutenant in 1808. retired on half pay in 1814. Master of convict transport and merchant ship at various times between 1815 and 1828. Arrived in Sydney as a resident partner in May 1829. Partnership dissolved in 1834; Carried on as Lamb & Co., woollen brokers and shipping agents. Director of Sydney Alliance Insurance Company. Australian Fire and Life Assurance Company, Sydney. Founder and first Chairman of Sydney. Chamber of Commerce and Sydney Exchange Company 1851 until 1852. Retired with a large fortune in 1855 and journeyed to England. Accepted rank of retired naval commander in 1846. Senior Warden Light, Pilot and Navigation Board. Active in anti-transportation campaign.
Military Service
Honours Received
Membership of other Parliaments & Offices Held
Local Government Activity
Son of Captain Lamb. Married Emma Trant in March 1823 in Islington, London and had issue, 6 daughter and 8 sons. Church of England.
Additional Information
Australian Dictionary of Biography (ADB), Volume 2