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Samuel Hordern

Samuel Hordern

Male 1849 - 1909  (Age: 59)    Has 6 ancestors and 17 descendants in our family tree.


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  • Name Samuel Hordern 
    Born 14 Jul 1849  Sydney, New South Wales, AustraliaFind all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Died 1909  Sydney, New South Wales, AustraliaFind all individuals with events at this location 
    Siblings 4 siblings 
    Photos 2 photos
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    • Samuel was born on 14 July 1849 at Sydney. Educated at Fort Street School and Camden College, he joined his father's firm at 17 and in 1886 paid £158,252 for Anthony's share, becoming sole proprietor of 'Anthony Hordern and Sons, Universal Providers, Palace Emporium, Haymarket [ONLY]', to distinguish it from five other competing Hordern shops in Sydney.

      On 10 July 1901 fire destroyed all the Haymarket complex but Samuel leased the Exhibition building and opened there next day.

      In 1905 he had new premises on Brickfield Hill. He was generous to his staff of over 4000 and provided a cafeteria and other amenities. City and suburban land speculation added to his wealth and his success brought comments on his 'glorified sockselling' and 'insolent monopoly'.

      Samuel gave privately to many charities. A federalist and imperialist, he gave £10,000 to the Dreadnought Fund. In 1892 he was commodore of the Prince Alfred Yacht Club and an active member of the Royal Sydney Yacht Squadron. His love of the country led him in the 1880s to buy Wilton Park, Picton, and in 1887 to build Retford Park, near Bowral, where he bred Jersey and Ayrshire cattle. After wining the Sydney Cup in 1893 with Realm and the Metropolitan in 1896 with The Skipper, he concentrated on breeding horses. He kept homing pigeons and was vice-president of the Royal Agricultural Society.

      Samuel died at Darling Point on 13 August 1909 and was buried in the Anglican section of Rookwood cemetery. He was survived by four of his five sons, by four daughters and by his wife Jane Maria, nee Booth, whom he had married on 11 November 1875 at Sydney. In 1910 his estate of £2,925,925 was upheld by the Privy Council after two sons of Anthony had tried to upset the 1878 deed of partnership.

      Samuel's eldest son, Sir Samuel Hordern (1876-1956), became governing director of Anthony Hordern and Sons when it was made a private company in 1912.
    Person ID I14820  Mitchell Families
    Last Modified 1 Oct 2010 

    Father Anthony Hordern (ID:I14778)
              b. 16 Jul 1819, London, England Find all individuals with events at this location
              d. 1876, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 56) 
    Mother Harriet Marsden (ID:I14816)
              b. 1821
              d. 18 Jan 1871, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 50) 
    Married 1841  Windsor, New South Wales, AustraliaFind all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 5 children 
    Family ID F3720  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Jane Maria Booth (ID:I14823)
              b. 1858
              d. 1945  (Age 87) 
    Married 11 Nov 1875  Sydney, New South Wales, AustraliaFind all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 8 children 
    Last Modified 11 Feb 2014 17:26:24 
    Family ID F3722  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

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    Link to Google MapsBorn - 14 Jul 1849 - Sydney, New South Wales, Australia Link to Google Earth
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