Susan Etheline Priscilla Sampson 1871-1935 & Felix Tanner 1863-1943 & John Tucker 1862-1932 & Richard Ford 1876-1943
A partner with Charles Tanner 1891, then in 1897 married to John Tucker & later to Richard Ford in 1915

Susan Etheline “Effie” Priscilla Sampson

Seventh child of John & Susan Sampson (nee Sanders)

Born: 7 Jan 1871 Burra, South Australia

Died: At the age of 64 on 22 Nov 1935 in Adelaide

BuriedCheltenham Cemetery, South Australia

Charles Jackson also known as Felix Tanner (partner)

Son of William Jackson and Mary Ann Walpole

Born: 1863 Camden, News South Wales

Died:  At age of 80 on 25 Sep 1943,  Merrylands, New South Wales


Occupation: Entertainer, painter and inventor

John King Tucker (1st husband)

Son of Philip King Tucker and Sofia Hill James

Born: About 1862 Snapper Point, Victoria

Died:  At age of 71 on 31 Dec 1943,

Buried: Fawkner Memorial Park, Fawkner, Moreland City, Victoria

Occupation: Labourer

Richard Richmond Ford (2nd husband)

Son of Llewelwyn Ford & Ann  Richmond

Born:  27 Sep 1876 Crafers, South Australia

Died:  At age of 66 on 20 May 1943

BuriedCheltenham Cemetery, South Australia

Occupation: Labourer

It may have been 1891 when Effie first met showman Felix Tanner who had come to Broken Hill to undertake a public 40 day fast from foods. A few weeks after completing this project Felix performed a tight rope walking act between Elliot’s Denver City Hotel and the Commercial Hotel on the corner of Oxide and Argent streets. Effie and Felix had three children: Effie Tanner born in 1892 in Sydney, Norman Tanner in 1893 in Bonnie Doon, Victoria and Charles Tanner in 1895  in Auburn, South Australia. There appears to have been no marriage as Felix was already married and was arrested in Bonnie Doon in 1892 for desertion of wife and six children. The charge was later dropped. Some time later It appears Felix left Effie and children to pursue his showman career. He later moved to New Zealand had another family and became an inventor. More information and resources on Felix Tanner can be found at page at (This is the source for the photo of Felix).

On 2 October 1897 Effie married John King Tucker. There were two sons born to this marriage in John “Jack” Philip Hill Tucker and Walter Lionel Maurice Tucker. At around this time Norman Tanner and Charles Tanner changed their surname from Tanner to Tucker. Unfortunately the marriage between Effie and Jack Tucker did not last, being terminated in 1906/7. Later at the age of 44 Effie married in Adelaide to Richard Ford. There were no children from this marriage.