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Biographical entry Brundrett, Sam (c. 1867 - )

c. 1867
Plant breeder


Sam Brundrett was founder of Brundrett's Rose Nursery. The nursery specialised in breeding new varieties of roses which would survive Australia's harsh climate and was eventually referred to as 'the rose people'. He was also a co-founder of the Rose Society of Victoria (1899) - only the third rose society in the world at that time.


Sam Brundrett migrated to Australia with his mother and sister in 1888 to join his three brothers John, Arthur and Allen who had immigrated some time earlier. Alfred was working as a gardener at Dame Nellie Melba's Coombe Cottage. Sam too took up gardening posts soon after arriving and at age 26, in 1893 he established his first nursery. The nursery was located in Moonee Ponds and specialised in roses. The roses were sold through the Queen Victoria Market and via mail order and became very sought after around the world.

In 1925 the highly successful Brundrett's Rose Nursery was relocated to Narre Warren North which at that time was a distant country town. It took several years for the full transfer to complete as travel between the two properties took a whole day. The Nursery eventually changed its name to S. Brundrett & Sons (Roses) PTY. LTD and Brundrett's Roses. It was still operating from the same premises in Brundrett Road in 1999. In the late 1920s Brundrett handed over the business to his son Allen due to ill health. During Sam's time at the helm, Brundrett's roses won over 300 prizes and were never defeated in the spring rose championships.


Life event - Immigrated to Australia (Melbourne) from Manchester, UK
Career position - Established his first rose nursery in Moonee Ponds, Victoria
Career position - Rose Society of Victoria formed (December)
Career position - Brundrett's Rose Nursery relocated to Naree Warren North, Victoria


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