Sydney Sampson

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Sydney Sampson
Sydney Sampson.jpg
Member of the Australian Parliament
for Wimmera
In office
12 December 1906 – 13 December 1919
Preceded by Pharez Phillips
Succeeded by Percy Stewart
Personal details
Born 1863
Creswick, Victoria
Died 24 March 1948 (aged 84–85)
Nationality Australian
Political party Ind Protectionist (1906–09)
Liberal (1909–17)
Nationalist (1917–19)
Relations Robert Menzies (nephew)
Occupation Farmer

Sydney Sampson (1863 – 24 March 1948) was an Australian politician.


Born in Creswick, Victoria, he was educated there and became a journalist with the country papers. Moving to Warracknabeal in 1883, he became a farmer and newspaper proprietor. Sampson's nephew was the future Prime Minister of Australia Robert Menzies. In 1906, he was elected to the Australian House of Representatives as the member for Wimmera; although endorsed by the Anti-Socialist Party, he campaigned as an independent Protectionist, and sat in the House as such. In 1909, he joined the Commonwealth Liberal Party that was formed from the fusion of the Protectionists and the Anti-Socialists. In 1917 the Liberal Party merged with Labor defectors to form the Nationalist Party. Sampson held his seat until 1919, when he was defeated by a Country Party candidate. He retired from politics to become a company director and newspaper owner, and died in 1948.[1]


  1. ^ Carr, Adam (2008). "Australian Election Archive". Psephos, Adam Carr's Election Archive. Retrieved 2008-07-05. 
Parliament of Australia
Preceded by
Pharez Phillips
Member for Wimmera
1906 – 1919
Succeeded by
Percy Stewart