Willy’s Way

Come inside our 1850s building from the era of Lionel and Fanny Samson bringing up their family in Fremantle. After a short talk about the heritage of the building and the Samson family, come upstairs to our family museum, then join us for morning tea in the adjoining Cellar.

On the death of his father in 1878, a young man aged 22 takes over a Fremantle business. This was no ordinary concern. William Frederick (Willy) Samson was to run the liquor and general merchant business of Lionel Samson & Son, which was established by his father and uncle William in 1829. What lay ahead for the firm, and would it continue to prosper? Learn how this youngest son of his pioneering father managed his business, and his public and private lives, and the impact on the heritage and future of the Samson family, the City of Fremantle and the state of Western Australia. His legacy includes the oldest family business in mainland Australia, and continues today.

Event dates

Event Details

33 Cliff Street, Fremantle, Western Australia

There will be a blue "Museum" sign outside the Museum door, next door to the Lionel Samson building. It is between High Street and Croke Lane, and the door will be opened at 10:00.


10:30 am to 12 noon

Entry fees:
Adults $10, Children $10, Concession $10, Family $10, Members $5
Prebooking requiredhttp://www.samsonfamilyhistory.com.ausamsonfamilyhistorygroupinc@gmail.com
Attendance limit:
Less than 50
Other things
you need to know:
There is no parking on site. Please wear sensible footwear - there are steps and uneven surfaces. There is no wheelchair access.