Samson Montgomery Obituary

Died 12 September 1918 aged 99 years

There were obituaries in the Burra Record of 1918-9-18 (p3c), the Observer of 1918-9-21 (p44c) and the Register of the same date (p6f). All three were based on a piece in the Register of 1917-2-16 (p4h), the Burra Record of 1917-2-21 (p2f) and the Chronicle of 1917-3-3 (p35c) celebrating his 98th birthday and extracted in full (with spelling corrections) from the Register below.


A Nonagenarian

Mr. Samson Montgomery, who resided with his son-in-law and daughter (Mr. and Mrs. Henry Tralaggan), at Aberdeen, celebrated his ninety-eighth birthday on Thursday. In spite of his advanced age, Mr. Montgomery enjoys splendid health, and has never yet had to consult a physician. He is remarkably active, and spends much of his time in his garden. He is a heavy smoker. He was born in Cornwall in 1819. His father was an artilleryman in the English Army, and fought against Napoleon. The subject of this paragraph came out to South Australia as an employee of the late Mr. George Fife Angas, and, as far as can be ascertained, he is the only survivor of those who emigrated on the Henry Porcher. He arrived on July 1, 1838, and was engaged in ploughing near Adelaide in July of that year, which is an indication of the lateness of the season. Mr. Montgomery cannot remember whether there was any crop as the outcome of his labour. He then became gardener for a Mrs. August, whose property was on the banks of the Torrens in the vicinity of Walkerville. Later he entered the services of Mr. John Dunn as engineman and fireman. It was at this time that the Ridley reaper was introduced. Mr. Montgomery recalls that a man went to Mr. Ridley's shop one morning and asked whether they wanted any hands. Mr. Ridley's reply was 'We have plenty of hands, but want some heads.' Mr. Montgomery took up land at Dry Creek, and, after having remained there for five years, he sold out and secured a property in the Upper Wakefield district, where he remained until about 25 years ago, when he retired. The old gentleman has lived with Mr. and Mrs. Tralaggan during the past 24 years. He was married in 1840 to Mrs. Harding, a widow whose husband was drowned in the Torrens. Mrs. Montgomery died several years ago. The family consists of the following sons and daughters:— Robert (Jamestown), John (Brookton, Western Australia), James (Aberdeen), and Thomas (Quorn), Mesdames H. Tralaggan and James McGowan (Aberdeen) and W. Dunstan (Broken Hill). The fighting spirit of Mr. Montgomery's father still exists in the family. There are several grandsons and great-grandsons at the front."

Samson & Sarah Montgomery

Samson and Sarah

Samson Montgomery

Samson with the Tralaggans

Samson's Burra Record obituary began...

"Death of Mr Samson Montgomery


Mr Samson Montgomery, a very old resident and a colonist of 80 years, passed away on Thursday last at the residence of his daughter, Mrs Henry Tralaggan, at the great age of 99 years and six months."

... and continued with information from the above article, concluding...

"His remains were interred in Auburn on Saturday last."

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