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Eastwood, Sampson

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Type of person Individual
Date of birth 1833
Place of birth Kirkburton, West Yorkshire, England
Date of arrival 1859
Principal occupation Carter (or carrier) and later farmer
Date of departure 1874
Date of death 1921
Place of decease North Adelaide

Sampson Eastwood was born in Kirkburton, West Yorkshire, England on 6 Jan 1833 and he may have lived at Wooldale in Yorkshire before he emigrated to South Australia. On 31 Jan 1857, 24 year old Sampson married Mary Ann Marsh, aged 25 years, at Kirkburton, Yorkshire, England.

Sampson Eastwood (1833-1921), farmer aged 25 years, with his wife Mary Ann (nee Marsh), aged 26 years, (1832-1914) and their infant daughter Gertrude (died at Willunga in 1859), arrived at Port Adelaide aboard Melbourne from Liverpool on 5 Dec 1858. Between 1859 and 1873 seven of their eight children are recorded as being born in the district and three as having died there.

Sampson Eastwood and his growing family were resident in the Willunga District from about 1859 until at least 1874 (15 years). By 1866 he was working as a carter (or carrier) at Aldinga when his leg was run over in a dray accident.

In July 1867, he purchased Lot 6 (part of section 399) in the township of Downingsville from Carty David Downing (CT 102/208) and probably had the house built at 25 Old Coach Road, Aldinga. He owned this property until Nov 1893, when he sold it to Walter John Kimber, butcher of Aldinga. In March 1868, he leased section 210 and part of section 199 from Thomas Shepherd, who had inherited these two properties on the death of his father Robert Shepherd in 1867.

Sampson Eastwood was still working as a carrier at Aldinga in 1870. He was elected as a councilor for the Mill Ward of the Aldinga District Council in 1872.

By 1878, Sampson Eastwood seems to have relocated to Curramulka (1878-1903) on Yorke Peninsular where he was a farmer and sometimes worked clearing roads in the Hundreds of Ramsay and Curramulka. By 1914, Sampson and his wife were living in North Adelaide.

Sampson Eastwood, aged 88 years, died on 18 Feb 1921. His wife Mary Ann, aged 82 years, had died on 11 Nov 1914. They are both buried in the West Terrace Cemetery.


  • Passengers in History Database – South Australian Maritime Museum
  • SA Directories 1870 1878 1881 1883
  • GRO records at Land Services SA Memorial 36/275
  • SAILIS 1863-1868 CT102/208
  • South Australian Register 28 March 1866:3
  • South Australian Register 5 April 1866:3
  • Express and Telegraph 11 Nov 1914:1

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