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The monument commemorates William George Gardiner Sams, member of the Port Phillip Association who with John Batman and John Hedge, was a pioneer of Melbourne, Victoria. 

William Gardner Sams (1792-1871) was appointed Under-Sheriff of Hobart in 1831 and later Sheriff and Commissioner of Insolvency of Launceston, Tasmania in 1840 . He was also one of fifteen investors in the pastoral company Port Phillip Association which played a key role in the foundation of the city of Melbourne.

Sams was appointed as a Page to Duke of Kent, father of Queen Victoria. He held the rank of Lieutenant and was a member of London Stock Exchange. He immigrated to Van Diemen`s Land (later Tasmania) in 1825. He received a grant of land near Westbury.

In 1838 he was a founding member of the Melbourne Cricket Club and played in their third match as a 'Batchelor' making 18 not out. He was buried in Melbourne General Cemetery.


Address:Rice & Meredith Streets, Port Sorell, 7307
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -41.165385
Long: 146.553575
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Monument Type:Monument
Monument Theme:People


Actual Monument Dedication Date:Sunday 4th March, 1979
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         To commemorate
William George Gardiner Sams
member of Port Philip Association,
Launceston 1835. With John Batman and
John Helder Wedge was a pioneer of Melbourne.  
He took up land at Thirlstane Estate, Port Sorell
where his son, William George Sams Jr,
         resided in 1832.

Unveiled 4th March, 1979
during the John Batman Festival

Presented by The Advocate.


Source: MA
Monument details supplied by Monument Australia - www.monumentaustralia.org.au