Woulfe & Son, Brisbane:
Cribb & Foote, Ipswich:
On 1st September, 1855 the following advert appeared in The Morton Bay Courier:
Benjamin Cribb’s partner was John Clarke Foote (1822-1895), born in Wiltshire and emmigrated to Moreton Bay in 1850. He moved to Ipswich around 1852 were he managed the general store of Mr Cribb. In 1853 Cribb married Foote’s sister Clarissa, after the death of his first wife. The following year they went into partnership and created a major deparment store on the corner Bell and Brisbane Streets. In May 1877 until his death in 1895 he was a member of the Queensland Legislative Council.
Benjamin Cribb (1807-1874) was a native of Poole, in Dorchester. He came to Moreton Bay in 1849 and started his business as a general merchant. He too was a member of state parliment, as well as helping to set up many of Ipswich’s institutions.
After Benjamin’s death, his widow and Mr Foote ran the firm until they retired in 1891, younger members of their families continuing. The company of Cribb & Foote Ltd. was taken over by Walter Reid & Co.Ltd. in 1977.