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Samson House


City of Fremantle

Place Number

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61 & 63 Ellen St Fremantle

Location Details

Local Government




Construction Date

Constructed from 1887

Demolition Year


Statutory Heritage Listings

Type Status Date Documents More information
Heritage List YES 08 Mar 2007
State Register Registered 25 Jun 2010 Register Entry
Assessment Documentation
Heritage Council

Heritage Council Decisions and Deliberations

Type Status Date Documents
(no listings)

Other Heritage Listings and Surveys

Type Status Date Grading/Management More information
Category Description
Municipal Inventory Adopted 18 Sep 2000 Level 1A

Level 1A

The City of Fremantle has identified this place as being of exceptional cultural heritage significance in its own right within the context of Fremantle. This place is entered onto the Heritage Council of Western Australia’s Register of Heritage Places. All development applications must be referred to the Heritage Council for approval.

Classified by the National Trust Classified 29 Oct 1974

Heritage Council
Register of the National Estate Permanent 21 Mar 1978

Heritage Council
Restrictive Covenant YES

Heritage Council

Statement of Significance

Refer to HCWA's Assessment Documentation of Places for Entry in the Register of Heritage Places.

Physical Description

Samson House is a detached house with a coach house and servants' quarters set in a large mature garden. The corrugated metal roof, brick and stone house with belvedere in an Italianate in style constructed of rendered masonry is surrounded by well-kept gardens, lawns and trees. The house is designed in the Federation style with elements of Queen Anne. The coach house and servants' quarters are also of stone quarried from the site. The house is typical of late 19th century colonial style with delicate cast iron lace railings, friezes and brackets. The house was built round the iron hand pump which was originally used and which is retained providing an historic detail. The main house was constructed in 1889 and designed by Joseph Talbot Hobbs, who also designed additions in 1899. The place also includes a well, stables, cottage, and early gardens, including a rose garden and a water garden from c.1940.


Refer to Heritage Council of Western Australia's Register of Heritage Places - Register and Assessment Documentation.


Name Type Year From Year To
Sir Joseph J Talbot Hobbs Architect - -

State Heritage Office library entries

Library Id Title Medium Year Of Publication
3284 Samson House, Fremantle : conservation analysis and policy. Heritage Study {Other} 1985
1607 Western Australian Museum : Samson House Cottage and Stables Fremantle Western Australia : conservation works (final report). Heritage Study {Other} 1997
5002 Looking at an old suburb : a walking guide to four blocks of Fremantle. Book 2000
912 Samson house : cottages and stables. Heritage Study {Other} 1995
9060 Commonwealth Offices & Customs House heritage facades. Henry, Phillimore and Pakenham Streets Fremantle, Western Australia. Heritage Study {Other} 1996
5709 Samson House Fremantle, W.A. : conservation case study. Heritage Study {Other} 1987
3285 Guidelines for the Preparation and Implementation of a Conservation and Management Plan for the Grounds of Samson House, Fremantle Western Australia Heritage Study {Other} 1984
3130 Conservation Report: Commonwealth Offices and Custom House Heritage Facades Heritage Study {Cons'n Plan} 1996
1165 Conservation Plan and Landscape Management Plan for the grounds of Samson House Fremantle. Heritage Study {Other} 1996
7467 Fremantle : beyond the Round House. Book 2005

Place Type

Individual Building or Group


Epoch General Specific
Original Use RESIDENTIAL Single storey residence
Original Use RESIDENTIAL Other
Present Use EDUCATIONAL Museum

Architectural Styles

Federation Queen Anne

Construction Materials

Type General Specific
Wall BRICK Face Brick
Wall BRICK Common Brick
Roof METAL Corrugated Iron
Wall STONE Limestone

Historic Themes

General Specific
PEOPLE Famous & infamous people
SOCIAL & CIVIC ACTIVITIES Government & politics
PEOPLE Local heroes & battlers

Creation Date

30 May 1989

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Last Update

03 Mar 2020


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