- Born: 11 May 1808, London, Middlesex, England
- Marriage: Elizabeth BURNETT on 14 Dec 1846 in Nelson, Nelson, New Zealand
- Died: 2 Sep 1901, Nelson, Nelson, New Zealand at age 93
- Buried: 4 Sep 1901, Wakapuaka Cemetery, Nelson, New Zealand
1906 Cyclopedia of New Zealand Vol 5
Mr. BENJAMIN CRISP was one of the oldest Colonists in the Southern Hemisphere, and had resided in the Australasian colonies for upwards of eighty-three years. He was born in London on the 11th of May 1808, and at the age of eleven left Home for Hobart. He turned his habd to whatever offered, but worked principally on farms and amongst stock and horses. After being for a while at Launceston Mr. Crisp went to Adelaide where he worked as a bullock-driver for a short time. Then he moved to Sydney, where he was employed on the wharves for nearly twelve months. Mt Crisp then crossed to the shores of New Zealand and for two years was with a whaleboat party at Kapipi and along the coast. The party captured numerous whales, but the ship the "Windwick" with a big cargo of oil on board was wrecked on the return to Wellington, and all habds had to land in the whaleboat. Mr Crisp came on to Nelson in 1842, by the ship "Mary Ann" the second immigrant ship to come into port. Like all men who have made their mark in the colonies Mr. Crisp took any employment that offered; he was bullock driving at first, and afterwards he became the first carter in Nelson. In Temperance matters Mr. Crisp became very prominent, and he inaugerated the first Band of Hope in 1843. He held three medals, one of which was presented to him by Mr, Cottrell for his Temperance work in New Zealand, The other medals represented Queens Burthday gatherings held away back in the Fifties. During the visit of the Duke of Edinburgh, Mr Crisp took 1500 children to meet him, and also about the same number to meet Sir George Grey on his visit to Nelson. For may years Mr, Crisp was Superintendent of the Wesleyan Sunday School. He was teetotaller for about sixty years, having signed the pledge on the 1st of June 1843. On the 1st of July 1887, Mr. Crisp was presented with a gold medal; and later on, had the honour of receiving a letter from the Queen Victoria, congratulating him on his attainment of extreme old age. No citzen of Nelson commande greater respect than Mr. Crisp. His life has been an exemplary one and can be held up as a pattern to others. On the visit of Lord and Lady Ranfurly to Nelson on the twelfth of January, 1899, Mr Crisp had the honour of being publically presented to their Excellencies. His anecdotes of early colonisation were numerous and interesting. Amongst all colonists he commanded respect not merely because he was one of the early pioneers in New Zealand, but also because he could honourably claim to have worn unsullied throughout his long lifetime * the white flower of a blameless life" He died on 2nd September 1901.
Benjamin married Elizabeth BURNETT, daughter of Robert BURNETT and Mary, on 14 Dec 1846 in Nelson, Nelson, New Zealand. (Elizabeth BURNETT was born about 1831, died on 8 Mar 1916 in Nelson, Nelson, New Zealand and was buried in Oct-Mar 1916 in Wakapuaka Cemetery, Nelson, New Zealand.)