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Sampson, Jane Frances (1875–1932)

The death occurred in tragic circumstances at Launceston yesterday of Mrs. Jane Frances Sampson, wife of Senator Burford Sampson, at her residence, 8 Union Street. Mrs. Sampson was found by her sister, Miss Kitty Cocker, in circumstances pointing to suicide.

Mrs. Sampson had been in indifferent health for some months, but appeared to have recovered. She attended to her household duties as usual yesterday. Her sister prepared afternoon tea, and not finding Mrs. Sampson in the house, visited the garage, where she found her sister dead.

Mrs. Sampson was the youngest daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. David Cocker, and was born at Launceston 57 years ago. She was of a charming personality, and much respected by a wide circle of friends. Of a generous nature she loved to perform acts of charity to persons in distressed circumstances, and in addition to private giving, did much useful work on local charity organisations. In May, 1910, she married Senator Sampson, and there are two sons.

The funeral will take place tomorrow at 10.30 a.m.

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'Sampson, Jane Frances (1875–1932)', Obituaries Australia, National Centre of Biography, Australian National University,, accessed 16 September 2019.

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Alternative Names
  • Cocker, Jane Frances

Launceston, Tasmania, Australia


12 December 1932
Launceston, Tasmania, Australia

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