James Elijah Crook was an early and prominent figure in the colonial period of Bacchus Marsh. He was a successful businessman and an active member and supporter of the Anglican Church in the community. One of his notable enterprises was the establishment of a coach service between Bacchus Marsh and Melbourne. This service began in 1851 and was advertised in the Melbourne Argus newspaper in August 1851.
James Crook died in October 1889 and his passing was noted in some depth in the Bacchus Marsh Express newspaper on the 26 October, 1889, page 5.
Portrait of James Elijah Crook c 1850-1860. Pictures Collection, State Library of Victoria. H2009.8/1. Gift of the West family of Colbinabbin, 2008.