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Rookwood Cemetary, Sydney: 7 reviews and 19 photos

  View to the rest room at Rookwood
by iandsmith

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', to distinguish it from the five other 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, an extraordinary number by today's standards, 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' from envious outsiders.
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 (soouth west of Sydney), and in 1887 to build Retford Park, near Bowral, where he bred Jersey and Ayrshire cattle.
After winning 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. He died at Darling Point on 13 August 1909 and was buried in the Anglican section of Rookwood. He was survived by four of his five sons, by four daughters and by his wife Jane Maria, née Booth, whom he had married on 11 November 1875. 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. His eldest son, Sir Samuel (1876-1956), became governing director of Anthony Hordern & Sons when it was made a private company in 1912.
In the 21st century, it no longer exists. Perhaps more so a victim of changing times.

Address: Hawthorne Ave, Rookwood, NSW 2141 PO Box 4, Lidcombe, NSW 1825
Directions: Between Olympic Centre and Lidcombe
Phone: 02 9746 2177

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  • Written Aug 9, 2006
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