Mary Elizabeth Sampson 1880-1951 & George H. Grenfell 1864-1925
Married in 1897 at the home of Mrs Sampson’s “Dwelling place” at Great Boulder. Witnesses Janet Ann Hopkins (sister) and James Sampson (brother).
Mary Elizabeth “Maude” Sampson
Tenth child of William and Elizabeth Sampson
Born: 17 Oct 1880 Kooringa, Burra
Died: 4 June 1951 Boulder, Western Australia
Buried: Boulder Cemetery
George Henry Grenfell
Eldest son of Henry Grenfell (1842-1890) & Selina Leggo (1841-1873)
Born: 4 Feb 1864 St Just in Penwith, Cornwall
Baptised: 8 Mar 1864 Wesleyan Methodist Church, St Just in Penwith, Cornwall
Died: 18 August 1925 Boulder, Western Australia
Buried: Boulder Cemetery, Western Australia
George was born in St Just in Penwith, Cornwall. George had two brothers, Edward Charles and Thomas Richard Grenfell. They came out to Australia with their father Henry and his second wife Mary (nee Wass) about 1877, and settled in Tank Street, Lithgow, NSW. George was engaged in mining all of his working life. It is believed he worked in Burra, and then at Broken Hill. Later he moved to Boulder, WA, where he engaged in mining and prospecting. From a prospecting point of view, George took a great interest in the Golden Ridge area, south-east of Boulder, and spent a fair amount of time in that locality.
George Sampson, George Grenfell’s brother-in-law, must have held George Grenfell in respect as he named his second son after him in 1904.
A brief obituary for George appeared in the Westralian Worker newspaper of 21 Aug 1925 on page 14 as follows:
Postcard written to Sarah Sampson (wife of George Sampson) and written by George’s sister Maude.
Dear Sarah just a few lines on a postcard to let you know we are all well. We are having delightful weather here just now. Mother received your p.c. They are all right how the baby has grown. I wanted to know who that was. Alice has got another daughter yesterday. They are doing well. This makes 3 girls and one boy. The baby has got such a lot of hair and it is red. How are you keeping? I am feeling much better since I had the trip at Christmas time. I was away seven weeks. Hope you are all well. With love to dear George and yourself and all the dear children. From Maud.
The postcard can be precisely dated as Maude indicated in her writing that Alice Forward gave birth to her fourth child the day before she penned the letter. The fourth child of Alice Forward was Daphne Forward who was born on 8 June 1911 in Kalgoorlie. That means Maude wrote this letter on Friday 9 June 1911. It can also be assumed that the photograph was taken in that year.