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Samson House image courtesy Mike Lefroy 2012

Lionel Samson arrived in the colony in 1829 with his brother William, and established the partnership L&W Samson, a business that continues today and is reputedly the longest running family owned business in Australia. Later he returned to England to marry fanny Levi. Michael their son (Mayor of Fremantle from 1905-1907), built Samson House. He and his family lived in the house for the next two generations. Michael's son Sir Frederick Samson was Fremantle’s longest serving Mayor from 1951-72. Fred lived there with his wife Daphne Marks, until her death in 1953, after which time, Fred’s widowed sister Rita moved in to take on the Mayoress duties. The National Trust took custodianship in 2010.

Samson House showcases middle-class, suburban, domestic life in the late colonial period through the twentieth century. It can be used to learn about the history of Fremantle and the State.

Australian Curriculum Programs 
A visit to Samson House and the Samson family are placed in the context of the changing city of Fremantle.
The past in the present
for Year 2
The Australian Colonies for Year 5
Australia as a Nation for Year 6

Bookings essential for Samson House. Please allow at least half a day for your visit.

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