William Thomas Crosbie

William Thomas Crosbie (Caulfield, 11 May 1872 – Malvern, 5 September 1934, Age 62)

Born in Melbourne in 1872, Crosbie was a committed artist painting with some of the best Melbourne town had to offer in the late 19th century. He was also quite possibly an intrepid man who travelled.  Crosbie had one brother ‘Harry’ Crosbie.

On his father death in 1891, the brothers inherited property in the city of Melbourne.

Henry (Harry) Dow CROSBIE (Born 1871), died in 14 January 1904, age 32. In his Will, he is noted as “gentleman.” He left his estate, including his share of the properties, to his brother, William Thomas CROSBIE. The estate was valued at around 15,000 pounds (The Age, 11 February 1904, Page 7). William Thomas CROSBIE was the executor of the estate and, in the newspaper notice he is shown as living in St Kilda.

Crosbie, likely placed his energy into painting and travelling, it seems that he did not need to work after his brother’s death in 1904. He disappears from any official records until the late 1920s. I propose that he went travelling!

His artistic practice revolved around the Victorian Artists Society, he is mentioned several times as an exhibitor in contemporary newspapers of the day. His work  ‘In The Morning Mist, Grose Valley’ was reviewed on the 8th of April 1893 in the Argus.

The 1893 Sands directory (page 684) lists Crosbie, William T, as an artist working on 285 Collins Street. Apparently he shared a 3rd floor suite number 7, with another artist Adolph Mc Gregor. McGregor was also an exhibitor at the VAS in the 1890s.

The list of exhibitor addresses from the Victorian Artist Society exhibition of 1892, states his address as ‘Euratta’ Esplanade St Kilda.

Biography compiled with the help of Col Fullagar of Integrity Resolutions.