George Whitcomb (ca.1803-1881) arrived in Van Diemens Land in the 1820s. He worked as a Customs clerk and a warehouse keeper before becoming Manager of the smelting works established by Askin Morrison and Charles Swanston at a property in Rosny acquired by the Derwent Bank in 1849. Whitcomb's later business interests included the Mersey and Deloraine Tramway, the Fingal Quartz Crushing Co and the Hobart Gas Co.
'Supreme Court. Wednesday, December 18th. Thompson v Walker', Hobarton Guardian 25 Dec 1850, p.3;;'The late Mr George Whitcomb', Mercury (Hobart) 22 Feb 1881, p.2