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Sampson, Sydney (1863–1948)

Mr Sydney Sampson, former Federal member for Wimmera, died at his home in Burke rd. Camberwell, on Wednesday. He was 85.

Born at Creswick, he moved to Warracknabeal in 1883 to take up wheat farming. He was actively associated with efforts to secure better education, road, and water facilities in the Mallee, and later achieved considerable success through the columns of a newspaper he established at Jeparit.

In 1906 he was elected as Wimmera member of the House of Representatives, and during his 13 years' membership took a prominent part in the establishment of Murray water storages, of which the Hume Weir was part. Since 1920 he had been actively connected with newspapers in the eastern suburbs. He was also a director of Fowler Ltd, Pottery Works, Federal Mutual Fire Insurance Co, and Country Press Co-operative of Victoria, as well as a member of the Red Cross finance committee. He is survived by a widow and two daughters. The funeral took place at Springvale cemetery on Thursday.

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