Cruikshank arrived in Melbourne c. 1841 and invested in pastoral properties. Cruikshank was president of the Melbourne Chamber of Commerce 1854 to 1856. In November 1856 Cruikshank was elected to the Victorian Legislative Council for Western Province Cruikshank was a member of the Council until resigning in March 1858. He was chairman of directors of the National Bank in 1858; as director, he was involved in a Supreme Court case in December 1858.
|Victorian Legislative Council|
|New district||Member for Western Province
November 1856 – March 1858
With: Stephen Henty
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