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Biographical entry Anderson, Samuel (1803 - 1863)

25 September 1803
Kircudbright, Scotland
San Remo, Australia
Agriculturalist and Explorer


Samuel Anderson worked as a journalist in London before migrating to Australia in 1834. The following year he sailed to the eastern shores of Western Port Bay, then the centre of a thriving bark trade. With his partner, R. Massie, he began an agricultural settlement on the Bass River. They established a flour-mill, salt-works and an orchard. Anderson made a number of exploratory journeys and discovered the Tarwin River and Anderson's Inlet. At Cape Patterson in 1837 he found an important outcrop of coal which attracted miners to the area; near-by Wonthaggi later became one of the principal coalfields in Victoria.
In 1838 Anderson and Massie held a pastoral licence for the land between Griffith's Point (San Remo) and Old Settlement Point (Corinella). However, they concentrated exclusively on growing wheat which, at 23s. A bushel, realised some £1400 in 1839.

Samuel died at San Remo in 1863 and was commemorated as the pioneer settler of Western Port.



Life event - Arrived in Van Diemen's Land
Career position - Sailed to the eastern shores of Western Port Bay
Career position - Discovered coal at Cape Patterson

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McCarthy, G.J.