The Lifeway series explores the lives of some of the people who once lived on The Big Dig site. They were written by Prof. Grace Karskens, who’s comprehensive book about the site ‘Inside the Rocks’ is available from the reception desk of Sydney Harbour YHA.
George Cribb arrived in colonial Sydney aboard the Admiral Gambier in 1808. He was a convict, on a 14 year sentence, who within 6 months of arriving had successfully established himself as a butcher. In 1809 he started buying property on The Rocks, including nearly half The Big Dig site, on which he built slaughter yards, a house, a butchers shop, a pub and tenement housing. In 1824 he moved away from The Big Dig site, forced to sell it up to pay his debts. His name remained behind, on Cribbs Lane.