Samson House

Historical Sites and Heritage Locations

Samson House is located in Walyalup (Fremantle) on Whadjuk Noongar Country.

This impressive home was built in 1888 for Michael Samson, who, after a life of adventure – and often misadventure! – went on to become an active member of local Fremantle politics and, ultimately, Mayor of Fremantle from 1905 to 1907.

Michael was the son of Lionel Samson, who arrived in Western Australia aboard the Calista in 1829 with his brother, William. This earlier generation of Samson brothers established a liquor import-export that continues today.

The young architect Michael commissioned to design Samson House, JJ Talbot Hobbs, also designed the Western Australian War Memorial in King’s Park.

Hobbs was later knighted in acknowledgement of his contributions to architecture and his designs are well-known landmarks, including this house, which is a rare and fine example of his early work in Western Australia.


Family Friendly Gallery / Museum Lawn / Gardens Non Smoking

Disabled Assistance

Disabled access available


National Trust


National Trust


Free – National Trust Members and children under 5 years
AUD10 – Adult
AUD7 – Adult / Student Concession
AUD5 – Child 5 years and over
AUD25 – Family Group of four
AUD7* – Group Bookings of 10 or more, price per person
* Group bookings and schools by appointment

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