Viva Cribb Bursary recipient announced – Ipswich History of the Thorn Family
A GOLD Coast man who has written a book about one of Ipswich’s founding fathers is the latest recipient of the Viva Cribb Bursary. Rick Thorn, the great-great grandson of George Thorn, was announced as the 2016/2017 bursary recipient at a ceremony at Ipswich Central Library today. Ipswich Mayor Paul Pisasale said Mr Thorn’s book would bring another aspect of Ipswich’s proud past to life and would preserve it for future generations. “The bursary will enable Rick to publish his book, George Thorn: The Father of Ipswich: A Life in the words of Rick Thorn,” he said. “It is basically a biography in narrative form, adding colour and action to George’s life as a businessman, politician and advocate for Ipswich in the 1800s. “We wouldn’t be where we are today without people like George Thorn – this is an important story that deserves to be told and I congratulate Rick on his research, passion and commitment.” The Viva Cribb Bursary was launched in 2008 as a tribute to the great granddaughter of Benjamin Cribb, the founder of Cribb & Foote Department Store. Ms Cribb passed away in June 2006, aged 86. She was dedicated to the preservation of the history of Ipswich and was a long-time member of the Heritage Consultative Committee.
Library and Youth and Seniors Committee Chairman Councillor David Pahlke said the Cribb family name lived on through the bursary. “The bursary contributes to the development of the local history collection of Ipswich Libraries by preserving material of historical significance,” he said. “Projects also help to increase the community’s understanding and appreciation of the region’s cultural heritage. “Ms Cribb was an enthusiastic supporter of Ipswich so it’s only fitting that we’re able to honour her in this way.”
Planning, Development and Heritage Committee Chairman Councillor Andrew Antoniolli, Library and Youth and Seniors Committee Chairman Councillor David Pahlke, Viva Cribb Bursary recipient Rick Thorn, his sister Georgiana Kert, Mayor Paul Pisasale and Deputy Mayor Paul Tully.