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Biographical Dictionary - Coorow, Carnamah, Three Springs


Richard Stanley SAMPSON

Born 6 November 1877 in Hurtle Vale, South Australia [55]
Son of Richard SAMPSON and Mary Ann TRENGOVE [55]
Educated at the Reynella, Wattle Street, Unley and Sturt Street public schools in Adelaide, South Australia [196]
Shifted to Western Australia in 1894, and in 1896 commenced business as a Printer & Publisher in Perth [185] [196]
     In 1896, at the age of 18 years, he established his first newspaper, The W.A. Wheelman, which he published weekly [196]
     Printer at 323 Hay Street in Perth 1898-1902; at 325 Hay Street in Perth in 1903; and at 223 Hay Street in Perth 1904-1906 [6]
     Printer at 39 King Street in Perth 1907-1920; and at 971 Hay Street in Perth 1921-1939 [6]
     He was the Managing Director of United Press Ltd, which later became Country Newspapers Pty Ltd [196]
     Wrote and published The Voyage Home (1914), To the Old World and the New (1928), Through Central Australia (1933), [196]
     Around Australia (1936), Singapore and its Neighbours (1939), Iron and Steel: Western Australia's Future Wealth (1941) [36]
Married Ethel Esther WOODCOCK in Perth in 1900 [15]
Resided in the Perth suburbs of East Perth, Highgate Hill, North Perth, Kalamunda and Victoria Park [6]
     Resided at 18 Edward Street in East Perth in 1901; and from 1904 to 1907 resided at 56 Chatsworth Road, Highgate Hill [6]
     Resided at 186 Grosvenor Road, North Perth 1908-1916 and at 184 Grosvenor Road, North Perth 1917-1925 [6]
     Resided in Kalamunda 1926-1928; at 13 Gresham Street, Victoria Park 1929-1933; and 123 Plain Street, East Perth 1933-1944 [6]
His hobbies were motoring and establishing country newspapers [196]
     He founded The W.A. Freemason newspaper in 1903 [196]
     In 1907 himself and George H. HOLMES established The Midlands Advertiser newspaper in Moora [5: 8-Jul-1932]
          The Midlands Advertiser was the first local newspaper to be sold along the Midland Railway line [5]
          After a few years he bought out HOLMES' share in the newspaper before later selling the paper to E. H. MAXWELL [5]
          His company took over the newspaper in 1930 when it amalgamated with The Moora Herald and Midland Districts Advocate [5]
          Upon the amalgamation the two newspapers joined to become The Midlands Advocate newspaper in Moora[5]
     He was the proprietor of The Eastern Recorder newspaper in Kellerberrin, which he established in 1909 [36]
     In 1909 founded The Farmer, which was a journal for Westralian farmers, gardeners, pastoralists and producers [36] [196]
     His company United Press Ltd owned The Mullewa Mail newspaper in Mullewa 1921-1947 [36]
     The company also owned The Murchison Magnet and Mullewa Mercury in Mount Magnet in 1926 and 1927 [36]
     Subsequently the company owned The Mullewa Magnet and Perenjori-Morawa Advertiser in Mullewa in 1927 and 1928 [36]
     After a name change the company owned The Mullewa Magnet and Yalgoo-Mount Magnet Post in Mullewa 1928-1931 [36]
Member and later Life Member of the League of West Australian Wheelman - was Chairman 1900-1921 [185] [196]
Vice President of the Moora Race Club in 1909 [9: 18-Dec-1908]
Member of the Darling Range Road Board - was Chairman 1909-1928 [196]
Member of the Master Printer's Association of Western Australia - was President in 1914 [196]
Visited Moora on Friday 31 August 1917 to inspect the damage caused to a property he owned in Gardiner Street, Moora [10: 4-Sep-1917]
     The building had been a victim of recent floods, however he found that the building had withstood the floodwaters very well [10]
Foundation President of the Western Australian Provincial Press Association in 1918 [196]
Member for Swan in the Legislative Assembly of Western Australia from 1921 until his death in 1944 [185] [196]
     Colonial Secretary in Mitchell-Maley Coalition Government in Western Australia 1922-1924 [196]
     Worked as a Colonial Secretary at the Colonial Secretary's Department at 57 Murray Street, Perth [6]
Member and later Life Member of the West Australian Poultry Organisation [185]
Member of the Beekeepers' section of the Primary Producers' Association of WA - served as Chairman [185]
Member of the Road Board Association of Western Australia - was Chairman 1930-1935 [196]
One of the original owners and Managing Director of United Press Ltd [5: 8-Jul-1932]
     Under his directorship The Carnamah-Three Springs Times And Arrino Advertiser newspaper was established in 1932 [5]
     Initially the newspaper was printed in Moora however with plans to have it printed locally in Carnamah [5]
     The first edition of the newspaper, Volume 1 Number 1, was released free of charge on Friday 8 July 1932 [5]
Along with George H. DAVIES visited Carnamah during the second week of September 1932 [5: 16-Sep-1932, 28-Oct-1932]
     In October 1932 purchased a shop and land belonging to George H. DAVIES at 13 Macpherson Street in Carnamah [3] [5]
     The shop had previously been occupied by Carnamah newsagent and hairdresser Frank BADRICK [3] [4: 13-Aug-1927] [5]
     He had the shop altered and extended to accommodate The Carnamah-Three Springs Times And Arrino Advertiser [5: 28-Oct-1932]
     The additions comprised an extension of the front, provision of a verandah and the erection of an adjoining building [5: 4-Nov-1932]
     He visited Carnamah during the second week of January 1933 to inspect the buildings being erected for him [5: 13-Jan-1933]
     The alterations resulted in two shops with tiled fronts and cantilever verandahs at 13 Macpherson Street [5: 16-Dec-1932]
     There was a narrow passage between his premises at 13 Macpherson Street and John BURNS' saddlery shop [5: 23-Nov-1934]
One of the two shops at 13 Macpherson Street was used for the offices and printing room of The North Midlands Times [3]
     Prior to shifting to Carnamah The North Midland Times had been The Carnamah-Three Springs Times And Arrino Advertiser [5]
     The other shop was leased to Misses GILES & STEPHENS who used it for a tearooms and boarding house [5: 24-Feb-1933]
     In March 1934 a portion of the same premises were leased to Douglas WALDBY who used them for his pharmacy [5: 16-Mar-1934]
     A fire broke out in the portion of his premises at 13 Macpherson Street occupied by Douglas WALDBY on 18 November 1934 [5]
     The fire caused damage to a window, window frame and some weatherboards, but was soon extinguished by locals [5: 23-Nov-1934]
Accompanied by Mr C. PITTMAN he passed through Carnamah on Friday 28 June 1935 on his way to Wiluna [5: 5-Jul-1935]
Forwarded the Carnamah District Road Board two complimentary copies of the Road Board Annual Gazette in April 1936 [5]
     Requested that the Board buy further copies, however they decided that they didn't require the publication [5: 17-Apr-1936]
In November 1936 tenders were called for the addition of two rooms at the rear of his newspaper's office in Carnamah [5: 20-Nov-1936]
Travelled around Australia in 1936 and recorded impressions, experiences, information and history of the places he visited [5]
    The information was published into a booklet called Around Australia which was sold for 1/- post free in 1937 [5: 22-Jan-1937]
Proprietor of a billiard saloon at 228 Carr Street, East Perth in 1936 and 1937; and at 226 Carr Street, East Perth 1938-1944 [6]
Died 16 February 1944; buried Karrakatta Cemetery, Perth WA (Congregational, AA, 383) [2]
Following his death his estate was valued for probate at £222,849/10/8 [5: 4-Aug-1944]
During the 1946-47 financial year his premises at 13 Macpherson Street in Carnamah were sold to Charles J. DALLIMORE [3]
DALLIMORE used the buildings at 13 Macpherson Street to house his workers and they became known as "The Barracks" [P4]

Reference:  Carnamah Historical Society & Museum and North Midlands Project, 'Richard Stanley Sampson' in Biographical Dictionary of Coorow, Carnamah and Three Springs, retrieved 1 July 2022 from [reference list]

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