BiographyJames Crombie was born 8 June 1834 at Kilminning in Crail, Fife, Scotland, United Kingdom to David Guillan Crombie (1797-1879) and Janet Campbell Webster (1801-1882) and died 17 September 1898 in Brisbane, Queensland, Australia of unspecified causes. He married Isabella Harriet Cameron (1845-1921) 1 December 1869 in Springsure, Queensland, Australia. Ancestors are from the United Kingdom.
The funeral of the late Mr. James Crombie, M.L.A., took place yesterday afternoon, and was very largely attended. Before the cortege started from the deceased gentleman's late residence, Oreil-road, Albion, a most impressive service was conducted by the Rev. John Barr. The cortege then formed and moved into town, via Ann-street, where a large number of influential citizens joined in the mournful procession. Amongst those present were Sir Hugh Nelson, President of the Legislative Council ; Hons. B. B. Moreton, J. C. Smythe, R. Bulcock, F. T. Brentnall, Wm. Allen, William Forrest, MM.L.C; (Hons. J. Murray, R. Philp, J. R. Dickson, and D. H. Dalrymple, members of the Ministry ; Messrs F. Lord, R. H. Smith, A. S. Cowley, A. J. Callan, J. T. Annear, W. H. Corfield, W. Stephens, J. T. Bell, J. Stodart, W. J. Castling, W. H. B. O'Connell, J. Newell, J. M'Master, MM.L.A.; Mr. Justice Real, Messrs. J. Chapman, A. M'Dowell Surveyor-General ; J. Munro (Q.N. Bank), W. V. Ralston (Q.N. Bank), H. P. Abbott, D. J. Abercrombie, Commercial Bank of Sydney), A. H. Hudson (Commercial Bank of Australia), J. Lee (Commercial Bank of Australia), Dr. Hill, S. McGregor, T. Noyes, J. Benson (Union Mortgage and Agency Company), J. Milne (Q.N. Bank), J. Forrest (Q.N. Bank), E. Denny Day (Royal Bank), Peter Thompson, Geo. Watson, A. D. Walsh (Dalgety and Co.), J. Macdonald (New Zealand Loan), A. C. Grant (Morehead and Co.), J. R. M'Swaine, Geo. Hannlngton, Rev. Canon Osborn, W. W. Hood, Geo. Scott, John Stevenson, Ebb-Smith, L. M'Gee, Fitgerald, M'Farlane, F. Ranson (secretary United Pastoralists' Association), and A. M. Francis. On arrival at the Toowong Cemetery, a large number of relatives of the deceased gentleman were assembled, there being present—Mrs. Crombie, widow of the deceased gentleman ; Mrs. M. A. Cameron, Mrs. P. Cameron, Mrs. Snow, and Mrs. Lawrence (sisters of the deceased). Miss Jessie Crombie (daughter), Misses May and Janet Crombie, and Miss Vera Cameron (nieces), Mr. James Crombie (the youngest son). The two eldest sons were not present, they being away on the station ; Messrs W. A. Snow and John A. Cameron (brothers-in-law). The burial service at the grave was most impressive, and was conducted by the Revs. John Barr and T. Nisbet. The coffin was literally covered with wreaths and other floral offerings, which were of the most beautiful description. Wreaths were sent by the Ministry, Mrs. M. A. Cameron, Mr. and Mrs. Snow, Mrs. Beauchamp Cameron, Mr. and Mrs. M'Dowell, Mr. and Mrs. Abbott, the Misses Armes, Mrs. Lord, Mrs. Douglas Graham, Mrs. Drew, Miss Snow, Mr. and Mrs. R. Gray, Mrs. Andrew Petrie, Miss Lord, Mr. S. H. Eves, Mr. G. Foxton, Mrs. Herd, Mrs. Spencer, Mr. and .Mrs. Steveneon (Fernberg), the members of the United Pastoralists' Association of Queenelandi, Mr. F. Ranson, Mr. A. D. Walsh, Mr. John Cameron, Mr. Dobinson, the members of the Queensland Stockbreeders and Graziers' Association, Miss Vera Cameron, Masters Percy and John Cameron, Mr. D. C. Cameron, Mr. and Mrs. Abercrombie, Mr. F. H. Morgan, Mr. Kennedy, Mrs. Graham, Mr. Max. Graham, Mr. A. J. Callan, Mr. Stevens, Mrs. W. W. Hood, Masters Allen and Kenneth Cameron.
When the Assembly met yesterday, the Speaker announced to the House the death of Mr. James Crombie, member for the Warrego. On the motion of the Home Secretary, the seat was declared vacant. In submitting the motion, Mr. Dickson made a brief but feeling reference to the late member. He said he was sure he could express the deep sorrow and regret, not only of the Government, but of every member of the House, at the removal through death of a gentleman who for very many years was connected with the Assembly. Mr. Crombie was a man who was looked upon with respect as a most straightforward citizen—a man of very large experience of pastoral matters, and one whose views were always listened to with respect and attention. He was sure every member regretted his demise, and approved of the formal moiton being accompanied by these expressions. (Hear, hear.)