The Samsons: Celebrate the life and legacy of one of WA’s first settler families.

Lionel Samson arrived in the Swan River Colony on one of the first settlement vessels in August 1829, 196 years ago. Come along and discover how his family is planning to celebrate the incredible legacy of their famous forebear.

Join the Samson family at a beautiful 1850s building in Cliff Street, Fremantle, once the home of Lionel Samson, his wife Fanny, and their six children.

Today’s family members will share their plans to acknowledge and celebrate the success and longevity built on Lionel’s legacy in the lead-up to the state’s bicentennial in 2029. Hear about and the business Lionel began with his young brother, which continues to thrive in spite of the many obstacles of the time and is today one of Australia’s oldest family businesses.

Then come upstairs to see our small private Museum, organised for the sesquicentenary (1979) of both the state and the business.

We then welcome you to morning tea in the adjacent Lionel Samson Cellar, beneath the building built in 1898.

Event date

Event Details

33 Cliff Street, Fremantle, Western Australia

There will be a blue and white sign outside the entrance saying “MUSEUM”.
There is no parking on site. We recommend catching the local CAT bus , or parking at the wharf.


Fri 5 May - 10:30 am to 12 noon.

Entry fees:
Adults $ 5, Children $ 5.00, Concession $ 5, Family $ 10.00, Members $ 5.00
Attendance limit:
Less than 50
Onsite facilities:
Other things
you need to know:
Not wheelchair accessible, uneven floors, steps.